Thursday, July 26, 2012
Hochstein adds seasoning to Cards' line
By Mike Sando
Russ Hochstein's addition to the Arizona Cardinals gives the team something it has valued on its offensive line for years: veteran depth.
Arizona, after employing the NFL's oldest offensive linemen by average age at points during recent seasons, restocked with young depth through the draft this offseason.
Bobby Massie (fourth round), Senio Kelemete (fifth) and Nate Potter (seventh) gave the Cardinals young prospects to develop. Veterans Deuce Lutui and Rex Hadnot were out.
Hochstein, who started two playoff games for Denver after playing six percent of the regular-season snaps, turns 35 in October. He spent seven seasons with New England, overlapping briefly there with Jason Licht, the Cardinals' player personnel director since May. Hochstein also spent two seasons with Tampa bay.
Hochstein owns 36 career starts, including 16 with Denver over the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He projects as veteran depth and possibly insurance for the Cardinals.