TEMPE, Ariz. -- This is why Nate Potter was told to learn how to play guard.
When right guard Daryn Colledge went down with a leg injury late in the third quarter of Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, the Cardinals turned to Potter, a second-year lineman out of Boise State. He was thrown into the fire in his first significant action of the season in a position he only played very sporadically in college.
While he didn’t allow a sack, Potter did surrender two hurries, according to Pro Football Focus. But it’s a work in progress, he said. There’s a lot for him to learn after playing just 22 snaps at what’s basically a new position.
“There’s a couple technique things that I got to break, that I got to focus on, especially at guard in game situations and stuff like that,” Potter said. “Still a long ways to go.”
Potter called his transition to guard “interesting” but said the other offensive linemen were helping him on the field as much as they could.
“That’s my role now,” Potter said. “So I got to get better at it and keep working on it.”
Overall he held his own, and when he did make a mistake with his technique, he was able to recover quick enough to avoid a drastic blunder.
“He’s very athletic,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. “He overset the three technique two or three times, got beat back inside, but he’s athletic enough to get back and recover.
“He just has to get his guard sets better, especially when you’re going against someone like [Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald] McCoy. You can’t overset him and get your feet together.”