Former Bradwell Institute football player Ulrick John got his second National Football League game start with the Arizona Cardinals against the Washington Redskins las week. John is also starting to get compliments from the management and coaching staff of the Cardinals and may see even more playing time should his team make the playoffs.
John is currently the Cardinals’ right tackle. It’s a position John played as a Bradwell Tiger and during his collegiate career at Georgia State University.
John was the first Hinesville native selected for the NFL via the draft in 2014 going to the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round. He was later placed on the Colts practice squad. The Miami Dolphins acquired John in October 2015. He was placed on the Dolphins’ practice squad until the Cardinals picked him up in October to fill in spots on the line due to team injuries.
Two weeks ago John got his first NFL start against the Falcons. Last week John got his second start in the Cardinals’ 31-23 win against the Washington Redskins.
On Monday Cardinals’ General Manager Steve Keim complimented John during a radio interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
When talking about the offensive line Keim said, “A guy that we haven’t talked much about, Ulrick John, who we signed from Miami’s practice squad — he has some strength deficiencies right now because he’s a young player, but what he does athletically with his sets and his feet and his movement, he jumped out at me as a guy who’s really doing some good things and I give a lot of credit to Terry McDonough and Quentin
Harris and all of our pro scouts for finding him.”
During a press conference Monday Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians said, “The tape that we saw and evaluated him on…he is very athletic and he moved well in space…so you thought the pass blocking would be fine. We didn’t know how powerful he was…and he is a good athlete…I think he’s got a real good future.”
John is going back to Miami Sunday as the Cardinals take on the Dolphins. Right now the Cardinals are 5-6-1 and second in the NFC West Division.