clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Bruce Arians: DJ Humphries 'needs to mature a little bit'

The first round pick is developing slowly so far.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

There are high hopes for Arizona Cardinals first round pick D.J. Humphries. But his head coach isn't singing him praises just yet.

Bruce Arians indicated Humphries would get to compete for the starting right tackle job with Bobby Massie. He also said a perfect world would have Humphries be a backup to two good tackles this season.

Now Arians is publicly saying Humphries has a ways to go.

When asked how the first rounder is progressing, Mike Jurecki reported Arians said, "slowly, he needs to mature a little bit."

What does this mean exactly? Did he come in and expect to line up with the starters? I s he being the gregarious youngster we have seen him be with the media, but on the practice field? Is he still learning the routine and just needs to figure out some little things about being a professional football player?

This simply could be a little bit of public motivation for the rookie, and it probably is.

But one thing for sure is he isn't showing yet he will beat out Massie. If he doesn't, it isn't the end of the world, but it isn't quite what you want to hear about the team's top pick.