Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has praised third year offensive lineman Earl Watford before. Back in the spring, he said Watford might have had the best spring of all the offensive line. However, he is not in the starting lineup and does not figure to be, barring injury.
He plays guard and has played some tackle, too. Arians might play him elsewhere, too.
"Earl Watford had a great spring," Arians said, reiterating what he said before. "He's fighting to get on the field and I've going to find him a spot on the field because he's playing pretty well, whether it's fullback, tight end, an extra lineman somewhere because he can run so fast for a lineman and catch the ball."
Putting Watford at tight end was a real possibility, but the team already had a bevy of young tight ends they needed to evaluate.
Arians was even asked about Watford again, to which he responded how "tremendous" an athlete he is. "He can run down on kickoffs," he said. "He can throw, he can catch. He's a hell of an athlete."
It will be interesting to see if this happens. Arians has used guys like Bradley Sowell, Bobby Massie and Jonathan Cooper as extra linemen or jumbo tight ends in certain running formations. He has brought in players like nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu to be a fullback for a play. And with how thin tight end looks right now because of injuries, it isn't out of the realm of possibilities to see him there.
His role would likely be specialized, but it would be fun to see him moved around even if he isn't playing on the line. Assuming the health an effectiveness of all the starting linemen, Watford may end up being the "do everything guy."