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Arizona Cardinals’ Bradley Sowell Battling for Starting Right Tackle Spot

May 23rd, 2014 at 6:07 AM
By Steve Smith

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Once the Arizona Cardinals signed left tackle Jared Veldheer to a five-year, $35 free agent contract in March, a battle has ensued at the right tackle position between Bradley Sowell and Bobby Massie.

May the best man win.

Sowell started the last 12 games of the 2013 season after Levi Brown was traded to Pittsburgh but was told that his spot was just temporary.

“They kind of told me even before I ever started at left tackle that I would play it for the season and I’d have to really impress not for them to bring in another one,” Sowell said via azcardinals.com. “Goody (offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin) even told me after the season that they’d probably bring in a left tackle and I’d have a chance to compete at right. One thing I love about the Cardinals is you may not want to hear it, but they’re straight up with you. They let you know where you stand so you’re never wondering.”

That's what is great playing for a head coach like Bruce Arians. Sowell has been playing with the first-string thus far during team OTA's. The University of Mississippi product played the position briefly while a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts but his vast experience has been on the left side of the offensive line.

"It’s nice to get reps every day, get some good muscle memory,” Sowell explained. “(Tuesday) I felt like I did OK. (Wednesday) I felt like I did better. With time, I’m eventually going to get it down pat.”

The two men played together for three seasons at Ole Miss – Sowell at left tackle and Massie at right tackle.

Let the battle begin.

"The coaches are going to decide,” Sowell said. “It’s not for me and him to decide, so there’s no reason for us to hate each other. We actually try to help each other out. If it’s him, it’s him. If it’s me, it’s me. Whoever can help the Cardinals win the Super Bowl. I mean that with all my heart. If B.A. thinks it’s me that he thinks can help win the Super Bowl, then I want to be a part of that. If the call is for him to be the starting right tackle to win the Super Bowl and me be the backup, I’m all for whatever. I just want to win.”

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