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Arizona Cardinals lack experience behind tackles D.J. Humphries and Marcus Gilbert

Desmond Harrison’s release suddenly makes the Cardinals thin at offensive tackle

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With the Cardinals release of Desmond Harrison, they are now are thin at the offensive tackle position behind starters D.J. Humphries and Marcus Gilbert.

Cardinals’ 2018 seventh-round pick Korey Cunningham started six games last season. He possesses great athleticism for the position but needs to continue to build strength and improve overall.

Rees Odhiambo is a former third-round pick that started seven of 16 games in his three-year NFL career. Will Holden, started seven games in his two-year career, has experience playing offensive tackle but plays primarily as a guard for the Cardinals.

This year’s seventh-round pick Joshua Miles and undrafted free agent William Sweet are the other tackles on the team. Both are expected to battle for a spot on the final roster but are likely to be practice squad candidates.

Here are a few names the Cardinals should consider exploring in the current free-agent market:

Jeremy Parnell

The 32-year-old veteran has appeared in 111 games over his eight-year career, starting 57 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars the past four seasons. Though he seemed to have lost a step last season, a change in scenery could be beneficial for his career.

Donald Penn

Though on the downside of his career, the 13-year veteran has started 174 games in his time in the NFL. He has played primarily as the blindside protector for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders before switching to right tackle last season. He suffered a season-ending groin injury last year but wants to prove to the NFL that he can still play at a high level.

Ryan Schraeder

Schraeder was previously thought to be one of the better right tackles in the NFL. After coming off a disappointing 2018 season, it seems that his best days are behind him. The 31-year-old tackle started 73 of 88 games as a right tackle for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Cardinals want to get younger and faster on the offense, but they are in need of offensive tackle depth with experience, considering both Humphries and Gilbert have an injury history.

It would not be surprising to see the Cardinals wait until after the preseason, when the final cuts to the 53-man roster are made, to add more depth to their offensive line.