Arizona Cardinals’ Daryn Colledge embracing added role on the offensive line

Aug 20, 2013, 4:45 AM | Updated: 4:46 am

Training camp is not even a month old, and already it’s been a whirlwind for Daryn Colledge.

First, he celebrated the birth of his daughter Reagan Grace on July 26.

Then, he had a nerve issue in his right leg that forced him to miss a preseason return to Lambeau Field — where he played the first five seasons of his NFL career — on Aug. 9.

Now, just days removed from his first live action of 2013, the 31-year-old — who has played all 112 games in his career at guard — is set to embark on a new role.

“Daryn got his first taste [of the preseason Saturday], and he did pretty solid,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “But, I’d like to get him some center work this week.”

So what does the offensive lineman make of his new found ‘versatility.’

Being the veteran he is, Colledge tried to downplay the description.

“Let’s not go and say I’m versatile. I’ve never played center, so it could mean a lack of versatility if it doesn’t go well,” said Colledge. “I think in the NFL, especially an older guy in the NFL, the more you can do the better off you are.

“Lyle [Sendlein] was injured last year, and we were put in a situation where we had to use backup. Now, I told Lyle if he gets hurt that I’ll kill him. It wouldn’t really matter because I’d be the starting center at that point, but it’s one of those things where it’s going to take some practice. It’s a new thing for me.”

For Colledge, the biggest transition might not be the initial snap, but rather handling responsibilities that are unnatural to him at this point in his career.

“The center kind of starts everything for us,” said Colledge. “He’s the leader out there. He’s the one who makes the mike calls and makes the line calls. He sets everything in motion.

“I told the guys if I moved to center that there will be no calls. I’m going to worry about the snap and get that handled. We can worry about the other stuff down the road.”

While Sendlein missed five games in 2012, Colledge doesn’t have to worry too much about filling in at center. Before last season, the former Chaparral standout had started every game dating back to the 2008 season.

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Receiver Larry Fitzgerald begins his route as Javier Arenas defends during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Stepfan Taylor runs with the ball during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Kerry Taylor can't reach an over-thrown pass during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Patrick Peterson runs with the ball while Javier Arenas trails and a penalty flag is on the ground during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer directs the offense during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Andre Ellington finds the Carson Palmer pass during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes a reception as Javier Arenas defends during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer received the snap while running back Andre Ellington stands next to him during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Ryan Williams (back) watches with receiver Larry Fitzgerald during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Rashard Mendenhall catches a pass during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) The Cardinals prepare to snap the ball during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Offensive lineman Eric Winston prepares to block while linebacker Zack Nash applies pressure during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Ryan Lindley rolls out during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Kerry Taylor makes a catch in fron of Patrick Peterson during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer throws a pass during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end D.C. Jefferson makes a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Alfonso Smith leaps to make a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Charles Hawkins leaps to make a catch in front of Ronnie Yell during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Andre Ellington runs with the ball during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Jim Dray makes a reception during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Offensive Coordinator Harold Goodwin shows his team the play during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Dan Buckner makes a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linemen Levi Brown (75) and Jonathan Cooper (61) prepare for the snap during Arizona Cardinals training camp on Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

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