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Draft Scout John Wetzel News
09/17/17 - LT John Wetzel and LG Alex Boone replaced D.J. Humphries and Mike Iupati, respectively, in the lineup Sunday.
09/14/17 - LT John Wetzel has been getting first-team reps at left tackle with D.J. Humphries still sidelined because of a sprained right MCL. Wetzel will have to play better than he did upon taking over for Humphries in the first half of last week's game at Detroit. He had been practicing at right tackle and both guard spots so getting a week's worth of work at left tackle should help.
"It better help him a lot," offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. "Obviously, you guys saw what you saw, I saw what I saw and we were not pleased. And he knows; he's not pleased. At the end of the day it doesn't matter who's out there, they've got to hold up. When you're playing that pivotal position of left tackle, that's the money side of the protection, and you've got to hold up. He's got to do a better job and he knows that."
08/10/17 - OT John Wetzel, a second-year pro out of Boston College, has been getting reps at both tackle positions since the start of training camp. He could start at left tackle in the Saturday preseason game against the Raiders because starter D.J. Humphries has been limited all week with a sore hamstring. "This is giving me a good feel for what I'd see in a regular-season game as opposed to what I'll see throughout the preseason, so it's good to get that right now," Wetzel said. "It's been going good. I just need to work more on the technique because I've been swinging around to both sides. There are certain things at left tackle that I do better at right, but that's what I'm using training camp for. I'm trying to make sure I'm just as good on both sides in all aspects
11/14/16 - T John Wetzel got his first official NFL start at left tackle on Sunday and head coach Bruce Arians was pleased with how the second-year, undrafted free agent out of Boston College performed.
"I thought John Wetzel played a really solid game," Arians said. "But the other guys can all play better."
Wetzel, who is replacing the injured Jared Veldheer (triceps) for the remainder of the season, said there is plenty of room for him to improve.
"I played better and I'm glad we won, but there's lots of stuff I need to work on," Wetzel said. "I've got to work on some technique stuff like being consistent with my sets, using my hands, flipping my hips at the right point, small stuff like that."
11/10/16 - LT John Wetzel has the full confidence of head coach Bruce Arians know that Wetzel will be the starter for the rest of the season in place of the injured Jared Veldheer, who is on injured reserve with a torn triceps tendon. "I feel very comfortable with John," Arians said. "That's more of a comfortable spot for him, and he's tough and smart. Will he get beat? Probably, now and then. They all do. Jared did too, but he'll do fine."