Bobby Massie’s starting job could be gone for good

Arizona's starting right tackle is expected to miss the start of the season, which could put his long-term future with the team in jeopardy.

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Bobby Massie’s starting job could be gone for good

There is hope in Arizona that a revamped offensive line can help the Cardinals move the ball more effectively in 2015. However, ESPN reported earlier this week that Cardinals right tackle Bobby Massie is facing a three-game suspension stemming from a DUI arrest. If Massie does indeed wind up missing those games, it will seriously disrupt the chemistry that the Cardinals are trying to build along their offensive line.

It’s also a big issue for Massie, who is in the final year of his contract and coming off of a season in which he graded slightly below average in the running game and worse than that in pass protection.

The question will be whether the Cardinals’ rookie first-round pick D.J. Humphries can fill in for Massie in his absence. Humphries is currently the Cardinals’ second-string right tackle, and making slow progress. He didn’t perform at a star level for the Gators last season but was solid in both the running and passing games. He also has the size and movement ability to get better as he gains more reps — and he wouldn’t have to do all that well as a rookie to represent an upgrade over Massie.

That’s even more reason to think this could be Massie’s final season in Arizona.

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