It has always been a rough spot for the Arizona Cardinals; it is one of the reasons Cardinals quarterbacks get hurt. The offensive line has always been a rough spot for the Cardinals, and this seasons looks to be different.
Through free agency and the draft the Cardinals got better at offensive line. Carson Palmer and Andre Ellington should be able to do their jobs well as they look to be one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
Lets start at the offensive tackle position:
Oct 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Quanterus Smith (93) rushes against Arizona Cardinals tackle Jared Veldheer (68) during the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Jared Veldheer (LT):
He is a former Raider lineman and a key piece of the Cardinals offensive line.
Jared Veldheer was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but after spending 12 weeks on the injured reserve in 2013 he signed with the Cardinals in 2014.
Veldheer started all 16 games and the one postseason game for the Cardinals and was named the Cardinals MVP for the 2014 season.
In 2014 Veldheer was one of the best offensive lineman, only allowing one sack and 25 total pressures in 611 pass-blocking snaps. According to his numbers he was the fifth-best among all tackles. He also had ten less sacks than his predecessors in 2013, Levi Brown and Bradley Sowell.
He has incredible work ethic and is called “The Hulk” by his teammates and coaches. Veldheer looks to continue his dominance in 2015, and will be key the offenses’ success.