The Arizona Cardinals have invested a lot into their offensive line

They picked up D.J. Humphries’ fifth-year option worth $9.625
million Benson
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, drafted Mason Cole in the third round, signed Andre
Smith to a two-year $8 million contract, and once upon a time had Mike Iupati on
a five-year $40 million contract. Justin Pugh was supposedly one of the best
guards in 2018 free agency, which is why he was signed to a five-year $45
million contract. Despite allowing only one sack on the season, Pugh, according
to Pro Football Focus Cheap
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, is one of the worst offensive guards in
the NFL. His 51.1 overall grade thus far is the sixth worst among the 64
eligible guards. Caleb Benenoch, Vladimir Ducasse, Dan Feeney, Jon Feliciano,
and Cardinals’ Mike Iupati are the only guards that rank below him. The
Cardinals offensive line as a whole isn’t any better, ranking as the worst unit
in the NFL according to PFF. Their 40 combined pressures allowed by the interior
lineman is concerning.There’s still plenty of time for Pugh to turn things
around. But Cheap
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, how much more money do the Cardinals need to
invest into this offensive line until they get some good results?Cardinals GM
Steve Keim had a higher grade on Justin Pugh than Andrew Norwell in free agency.
Maybe versatility was more important than anything else but Norwell was clearly
the better guard. Keim’s overall ability to analyze and scout offensive lineman
is put more into question.They are scheduled to take on the Minnesota Vikings
this weekend, a team boasting arguably the best front seven in the NFL. The
Cardinals can’t continue to put up lackluster performances on the offense,
especially if they want to keep up against a high-scoring Vikings’ team. The
improvements must start up front and the offensive line needs to step up their
game. The Arizona Cardinals are struggling out of the gate and now they find a
number of key contributors on the initial injury report heading into week four
of the 2018 NFL season.Clearly the big names that jump out are Robert Nkemdiche,
Corey Peters and of course that guy named Larry Fitzgerald.Fitz’s absence is big
as the Cardinals need as much work for Josh Rosen with the future Hall of Famer
as possible. Although, Fitz has made a living out of catching passes from
whatever quarterback is throwing him the ball that week.However, the Cardinals
need something positive to come out of this game.On the other side of the
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, missing Corey Peters and Robert Nkemdiche
would be massive to a defense that has been finding its footing over the last
two weeks.Especially against the run, where the Seahawks will try and live on
Sunday.Obviously Markus Golden and Jermaine Gresham have some recovering to do
after their first live action in quite a while, but Benson Mayowa and Olsen
Pierre are two more players to watch this week, as the Cardinals need all hands
on deck on defense.The Seattle Seahawks have quite the initial injury list as
well, so that will be something to follow this week.
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