By Shaun Church SBNation. Revenge of the Birds. Follow Shaun on Jan 1 2015, 6:10p
Arizona Cardinals left tackle Jared Veldheer this week was named the team’s most valuable player for the 2014 season based on his display of toughness on the field and his prowess in protecting myriad quarterbacks.
When you consider four different signal callers took snaps under center this season for the playoff-bound Cardinals, your first thought could be the offensive line struggled to protect its passers and therefore was the reason so many injuries occurred.
That isn’t the case with the 2014 Cardinals — especially not with Veldheer.
He was one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL all season, allowing only one sack and 25 total pressures in 611 pass-blocking snaps.
His 24.44 pass-block snaps per pressure allowed this season put him fifth-best among tackles who played at least 500 snaps in the passing game.
Among the four players ahead of him, Joe Thomas and Jason Peters made the Pro Bowl this season and have a combined 15 selections to the game between them.
Veldheer won’t be there this season despite being worthy of the vote, but that’s not what is important. What is important is the fact he and his offensive line allowed only 28 sacks this season, down from 41 a year ago.
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