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Earl Watford | Guard | #78

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 300
College: James Madison
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (116) / ARZ
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Cardinals placed G/T Earl Watford on injured reserve with a hand injury, ending his season.
S D.J. Swearinger has been promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. Watford was apparently injured in Tuesday's practice. Watford started for the first two games of the season as RT Bobby Massie served a suspension, but has been a deep reserve since. The 2013 fourth-rounder will be in the final year of his rookie contract next season. Tue, Dec 8, 2015 05:18:00 PM

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the "plan right now" is for Earl Watford to start at right tackle even after Bobby Massie returns from his two-game suspension.

Massie dug his own grave by getting suspended while rookie D.J. Humphries had a lousy training camp. That leaves Watford as the default right tackle on a potentially disastrous offensive line. Carson Palmer will have a hard time staying healthy with this group in front of him.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Earl Watford will open the season as the Cardinals' starting right tackle.

With rookie D.J. Humphries so-far flopping and Bobby Massie suspended for Weeks 1-2, the Cards are desperate at tackle. Watford is a 6-foot-3, 300-pound converted guard/center out of James Madison. With Mike Iupati (knee) also out several weeks, Arizona's Week 1 line will be LT Jared Veldheer, LG Ted Larsen, C Lyle Sendlein, RG Jonathan Cooper, and RT Watford. It's an abysmal group.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 09:02:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Earl Watford will get a chance to compete for the right tackle job.

With Bobbie Massie suspended the first three games and Bradley Sowell and rookie D.J. Humphries struggling, the Cardinals have big questions at right tackle. Considering Watford has played nine snaps in two seasons, he is unlikely the answer. Arizona's offensive line will be a concern for Carson Palmer and company entering the season.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:52:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said third-year G/T Earl Watford could enter the mix to start at right tackle.

Watford has played just nine offensive snaps as a deep reserve since being selected 116th overall in the 2013 draft. At OTAs, he's been lining up at both guard and tackle and appears to be in the mix with Bobby Massie and first-round rookie D.J. Humphries on the right side. We'd consider him a long shot for the job.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 12:35:00 PM

Reserve Cardinals OG Earl Watford has "dabbled" at right tackle.

Like fellow 2013 draftee Jonathan Cooper, Watford couldn't win a job along the interior in camp. Ted Larsen and Paul Fanaika are the Cardinals' starting guards. "It gives me more flexibility on the O-line, and it’s always good the more you know," Watford said of his reps at tackle. He's a deep reserve right now.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 06:45:00 PM

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.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 09:27:00 AM

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.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 04:27:00 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