PFF: Cardinals’ offensive line ranked near the bottom of the NFL

Jul 4, 2024, 9:30 AM | Updated: Jul 8, 2024, 4:12 pm

Offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr....

Offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. #70 of the Arizona Cardinals in action during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on August 11, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 18-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line will see a bit of a shuffle with Paris Johnson Jr. moving to left tackle and the signing of Jonah Williams this offseason.

Pro Football Focus’ Zoltán Buday has the Arizona Cardinals o-line 26th out of the 32 NFL teams despite the moves the team made this offseason.

The Cardinals’ offensive line is without any truly weak links but also lacks above-average players.

Moving from right side to left tackle, Paris Johnson Jr. is expected to live up to his potential in his second season after ranking just 57th in PFF overall grade among offensive tackles as a rookie in 2023. Arizona also signed Evan Brown and Jonah Williams in free agency to further stabilize the offensive line.

How does the Cardinals’ offensive line looks going into the season?

The team’s O-line seems to be set at the tackle spots with Johnson at left and Williams on the right. Williams enters the fold after the organization moved on from longtime tackle D.J. Humphries this offseason.

The Cardinals do have a bit of depth behind Williams, with veteran tackle Kelvin Beachum back for his fifth season with the team.

The starting center position looks to be fifth-year pro Hjalte Froholdt’s job to lose, though Brown brings another option to the role if needed.

At right guard sits Will Hernandez, who will be entering the final year of his two-year contract.

Left guard seems to be the biggest question mark entering the season. The candidates for the position include Brown, rookie Isaiah Adams, Elijah Wilkinson and Jon Gaines II.

Offensive coordinator Drew Petzing thinks the team made great progress to finish last season and sees that carrying over into 2024.

“I thought they made some great strides in terms of execution and communication,” Petzing told reports in a June 27 press conference.

“I really like where we are at and I think training camp is going to be a big part to take another step as we get toward the season.”

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PFF: Cardinals’ offensive line ranked near the bottom of the NFL