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Updated Aug 1, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Bridges knows starting job is his -- for now

Jeremy Bridges (73) lines up against Patrick Peterson (21) at training camp. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

Flagstaff, Ariz. - Jeremy Bridges has been around the block, so to speak.

The offensive lineman is about to enter his 10th NFL season, and does so having entered camp as the number one right tackle on the depth chart.

The 32-year-old knows that isn't really meant to last, but is perfectly fine with the arrangement.

"I really don't worry about the whole competition thing," Bridges told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Wednesday. "The decision is going to be made upstairs whether you like them or not."

Sooner or later Bridges will hopefully give way to rookie Bobby Massie, who was selected with the hopes that he would at some point ascend to the starting right tackle role.

And as it goes in the NFL, it's Bridges' job to make sure that happens.

"If he needs any help I'll tell him everything he needs to know," Bridges said.

Bridges said Massie is not scared to ask him questions, which is a good thing. But at the end of the day, the veteran said, it's up to the younger player to take what he's taught and apply it to the field.

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink kind of thing," he said.

It's only a matter of time before Massie is taking big gulps rather than small sips. Until then, it's Bridges' right tackle job, and he's going to hold onto it as long as possible.

"All I can do is go out and be as perfect as I can as an offensive lineman," Bridges said. "I do everything I'm asked to do when I'm asked to do it, and just play my game."


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