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Where does Kelvin Beachum fit for 2020 Cardinals

Former Jets offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum signed a 1-year deal that sees the Cardinals adding some much-needed depth. The 8-year veteran will add depth and competition at left tackle behind incumbent D.J. Humphries.

In his eight-year career Beachum has started 99 of 104 games, including 45 over the last three seasons in New York. He signed a lucrative $24 million 3-year to play for the Jets in 2017 after spending one year in Jacksonville.

Kelvin Beachum may push Humphries

The 31-year-old may be mostly in for depth but the consistent level he has put up over his career may prove a threat to the 26-year-old Humphries. PFF has graded Humphries as declining in each of his last two seasons and in 2019 he committed a staggering 13 penalties.

If Kelvin Beachum can return to his previous heights he will at a minimum provide good depth at left tackle where he has played every year since his second season. Beachum has shown some inconsistency in his pass protection over the years, allowing at least 4 sacks in five of his eight seasons.

Beachum became expendable in NY after they selected Mekhi Becton in the first round of the 2020 draft. The 6’3″, 308 pounder was limited to 13 starts in 2019 with an ankle injury.

Kelvin Beachum has done time with the Steelers, Jaguars, and Jets
Kelvin Beachum has done time with the Steelers, Jaguars, and Jets

Arguably the Cardinals biggest weakness, the offensive line is the biggest worry as we head towards the 2020 season. The drafting of Josh Jones and re-signing of Marcus Gilbert gives depth at right-tackle, but a marked improvement is needed in this unit that allowed a league-high 48 sacks of Kyler Murray.

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