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Earl Watford | Guard

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 300
College: James Madison
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Second-year G Earl Watford struggled to earn playing time his rookie season due to mental errors.
Arizona hopes Watford can take a big step forward in 2014. Incumbent RG Paul Fanaika was a disaster last season, and Arizona has not done much to address the position in free agency. If Watford can pick up the mental side of the game, he has all the physical skills to win the job and be a solid starter for the Cardinals. Apr 5 - 9:27 AM

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The Cardinals plan to hold a camp battle at right guard between Earl Watford and incumbent Paul Fanaika.

Fanaika was indescribably bad last season, and the Cards are hoping 2013 fourth-rounder Watford "takes control of the position." Watford didn't play as a rookie while working to bulk up. He was the 116th overall pick in the draft.
Mar 9 - 4:27 PM

Cardinals signed No. 116 overall pick OG Earl Watford to a four-year contract.

Making the transition from the FCS Colonial Athletic Association, Watford is a bit undersized at 6-foot-3, 300 pounds. He boasts strong athleticism (5.06 40-yard dash, 30-inch vertical leap) to go along with his 34-inch arms, however. The Cardinals are set at guard with Daryn Colledge and first-rounder Jonathan Cooper, so Watford could get a look at center. Lyle Sendlein should be the Week 1 starter at center, but is coming off a rough season.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 04:41:00 PM

Cardinals selected James Madison OG Earl Watford with the No. 116 overall pick.

Watford (6-foot-3 3/8, 300) made 37 starts for the Dukes, all at guard. He was a two-time first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick and was charged with just one sack allowed as a senior. Watford is undersized but athletic with 34-inch arms. He ran 5.06 at the Combine with a 30-inch vertical and did 24 reps on the bench. On the small side to stay at guard, Watford could wind up at center in Bruce Arians' power-running offense.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:03:00 PM