Paul Fanaika gets first start under belt

September, 10, 2013
9/10/13
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TEMPE, Ariz. --Right guard Paul Fanaika's first NFL start was monumental in itself, but add in the fact that it was his first game in 21 months and just his fourth ever, and Sunday was a reason to celebrate.

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And he did, by playing well in his Cardinals debut.

"Paul Fanaika handled his job solidly at right guard for the most part throughout the whole game," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.

He didn't show signs of rust, allowing just one sack of quarterback Carson Palmer, according to Pro Football Focus.

"It felt good to get the first one under my belt," Fanaika said. "It was a lot of fun."

With all the attention paid to the offensive line this week, Fanaika's name hasn't been mentioned much. And as the saying goes, no news is good news.

"Anytime you don't win just feels like it's not good enough," Fanaika said. "There was a lot of stuff we can improve on. A lot of stuff (for) me personally.

"Just got to look at the film and make the corrections and move on to the next opponent."

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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