Arizona Cardinals heading into camp with questions at QB and RB.
The Arizona Cardinals made a huge splash in the draft by selecting Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd to pair up with Larry Fitzgerald in the receivers group, but elsewhere amongst their skill players they may not have the same confidence.
Running back Chris “Beanie” Wells is still fighting a nagging knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery back in January.
The comments that he gave to the team’s website are the exact opposite of the confident proclamations that the Vikings Adrian Peterson is giving in regards to his return.
To be fair, Peterson is fighting to get back by opening day and Wells should be in training camp. It’s just interesting to note that Wells seems unwilling to commit to a definitive statement.
Phrases such as “coming along” and “just trying to get back” were paired his inability to state where and when he will lace up cleats again.
When everything is speculative, we tend to think the worst but for a kid coming off his best year as a professional, there should be plenty of tread left on his tires. It’s like that saying if not now…when?
The Cardinals also have RB Ryan Williams on the mend and that is why there has to be some sort of pause for concern.
Internally, either they privately like the prognosis for at least one if not both of their workhorse backs or they are making a huge mistake.
We throw his name around a lot, but it would not hurt the Cardinals to bring in Cedric Benson as a cheap insurance policy in case things go south.
Without a running game, their current QB situation will only get much worse regardless of who gets to pull the trigger.
The kneejerk feeling is that Kevin Kolb by financial default will win the starter’s gig and at some point have to turn the reins over to John Skelton either due to poor performance or injury.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt discussed his QB dilemma with Jim Rome on his show Rome
“They’ve both been working hard at it. It’s been good to get out on the field and actually work on techniques and fundamentals with these guys. At times last year they both showed they can do good things. But consistency at that position is something we’ve got to improve on. So hopefully the competition between both of them will sharpen up one of them enough that he’ll be a good starter for us.”
It’s doubtful that anyone from the club will come right out and say it, but the Cardinals run a lot smoother when Skelton is behind center.
There is no rhyme or reason for it externally as he would probably be a backup in most towns.
Somewhere along the way, Skelton won the locker room over if you judge the 2011 Cardinals simply based on performance.
Granted Kolb came into the team during the lockout shortened season and had very little time to assimilate within the group, but judging him by his own play when he was healthy he didn’t look very confident.
For the Cards, this season’s training camp will be a crucial period for them to get these situations ironed out.