As the Arizona Cardinals head into the 2019 NFL Meetings they’ve made a number of moves and changes on their roster.
Let’s take an early look and guess at the Arizona Cardinals starting offensive line as it stands at this moment.
Left Tackle - D.J. Humphries (2018 PFF Grade: 68.8) Humphries is heading into year five of his NFL career after the Cardinals picked up his fifth-year option. His $9.625 million salary is only the 17th highest in the league, but it feels steep for what Hump has brought to the table this far in his career. The biggest thing is getting on the field. Humphries has only played in 55% of the snaps in 2018 and 18% in 2017. He’s only 25 years old, so he has time but it’s winding down.
Left Guard - Justin Pugh (50.8) Pugh is entering year two of mega contract that has him the sixth highest paid left guard in the league. He has not played over 90% of snaps in his career and played in the fewest snaps of his career in 2018.
Center - Mason Cole (50.9) Cole was the lone ranger of the starting offensive line by the end of the season. He has to get better in year two, but he’s been available thus far, which is a huge help.
Right Guard - J.R. Sweezy (45.7) The soon to be 30 year old Sweezy had one of the better seasons of his career in 2018. Couple that with the fact that since his back surgery that cost him an entire season in 2016, he’s played in 29 of 32 to games and he and Cole may not be great, but they’ll likely be on the field.
Right Tackle - Marcus Gilbert (68.5) The 31 year old Gilbert is one of the best pass blocking tackles in the NFL, even with the low PFF grade in 2018. He could be a godsend for the Cardinals and their young quarterback if he can stay on the field for the season.