Cardinals Unit-By-Unit Analysis: OL, TE

Arizona addressed a major need at quarterback with Kevin Kolb but needs more help from its offensive line and tight ends.


OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters - LT Levi Brown, LG Daryn Colledge, C Lyle Sendlein, RG Rex Hadnot, RT Brandon Keith.

Backups - G Deuce Lutui, G/T Jeremy Bridges, C Ben Claxton.

Analysis: The Cardinals haven't had a Pro Bowl offensive lineman since Lomas Brown made it in 1996. There probably isn't one on this roster, either. Brown and Keith have had their struggles in pass protection. Colledge is a solid player, having started five seasons in Green Bay. Sendlein is probably the best of the bunch. Very smart and tough. Hadnot is a scrapper. Keith has all the tools to be above average. This is just his second season as a starter. Lutui could replace Hadnot if he drops some weight. Claxton rarely plays but the club needs a backup center.

TIGHT ENDS: Starters - Jeff King, Todd Heap.

Backups - Rob Housler, Jim Dray.

Analysis: The team is deeper at this position than at any time in its Arizona history. King is a great blocker, while Heap is the receiving threat the team has been lack for years. A rookie, Housler is fast and sure-handed. There is a role for him in this offense. Dray, a seventh-round pick a year ago, is a solid blocker and he's smart. It's hard to keep four tight ends but Dray is too valuable to cut.

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