One of the Cardinals’ biggest moves this offseason wasn’t an addition or subtraction, but a shuffling of two vital pieces. After one season on the bench and most of another at right tackle, the coaching staff felt like Humphries, a former first-round pick, was ready to assume the all-important left tackle role in 2017.
That meant, though, that blind-side cornerstone Jared Veldheer would move to the right side. The Cardinals’ marquee free agent signing in 2014, Veldheer voiced his preference to remain at left tackle the day after the 2016 season, and so Humphries wondered how their first post-decision conversation would go.
“I was like, ‘This is going to be interesting,’” Humphries said.
Within a matter of seconds, Humphries knew having his locker next to Veldheer at the Cardinals’ practice facility wasn’t going to result in a season of awkwardness.
“It wasn’t a big deal,” Humphries said. “He’s a great teammate. He’s not one of those people with a huge ego. When we came in in the offseason, he was just like, ‘This is what it’s going to be. We’re going to be good, too.’ It was more of that, like, ‘I’ve been practicing this, and I hope you have, too. We’re going to be really (expletive) good.’”
Naturally, Veldheer still has some reservations as he transitions from a spot he excelled at to one he’s never played before. However, he heads out to the practice field each day aiming for progress.
“I think we’re all creatures of habit, and whatever’s unknown is kind of scary at first,” Veldheer said. “Especially…
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