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Momentum is on the side of Levi Brown following a strong finish to 2011.
If Brown carries that momentum into the season, it could be a good year for the offensive line, logically leading to a better year for the offense as a whole.
The job is his, and unless he has a mental and physical breakdown, it will remain his.
Not mentioned here is Nate Potter, the Cardinals' seventh-round pick out of Boise State. He could come into play for a backup role if he “wows” coaches.
Daryn Colledge played well in his first season with Arizona. He allowed just three sacks and is becoming a leader along the line.
Arizona signed Chris Stewart immediately following the conclusion of the 2011 season. He put law school on hold to try out a career as an NFL offensive lineman. The former Notre Dame football player/law student is intelligent, so that will help him understand schemes and reads.
Despite going undrafted in 2007, Lyle Sendlein has become one of the most dependable centers in football. He has missed just one offensive snap the past four seasons for Arizona. That’s 4,536 of a possible 4,537 plays—incredible.
He is the anchor of the line, an offensive captain and will be the only center on the regular-season roster.
Newcomer Adam Snyder steps in to take over the role left void after Arizona cut Rex Hadnot and allowed Deuce Lutui—for a second consecutive year—sign elsewhere via free agency.
He is a significant upgrade in the run-blocking and meanness categories, and he should help the line improve dramatically.
Rookie fifth-round pick Senio Kelemete will serve as Snyder’s backup, and he has the potential to develop into a solid starter in the future.
P.S. Am I the only person in the world who gets this song stuck in his head after seeing or hearing Kelemete’s name?
Although Jeremy Bridges is the veteran, rookie fourth-round selection Bobby Massie is expected to win the starting job by the time the games matter. He could be the steal of the draft, and the Cardinals will put him to good use early.
This may be one of the best competitions to watch during camp and in preseason games.