Cardinals: Updated News, Notes & Quotes

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QB Kevin Kolb continues to shoulder the blame, RB Beanie Wells is coming on strong, WR Larry Fitzgerald is seeing constant double teams and much more inside.

--QB Kevin Kolb is blaming himself for playing a large role in the three-game losing streak. It's true of the last two games, when a productive game from Kolb likely would have meant victory. He's struggling with pocket awareness and doesn't seem comfortable yet in the offense.

--RB Beanie Wells set career highs in rushing attempts (27), yards (138) and touchdowns (3) last week. He didn't seem to be slowed by a hamstring strain and should be ready to play against the Vikings.

--RB Alfonso Smith likely would become the featured back if something happened to starter Beanie Wells. Smith is small (210) pounds but he's fast and has shown explosiveness. He has passed Chester Taylor on the depth chart.

--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling played last week after missing two games with a hand injury. Stephens-Howling played a little on offense and on coverage teams. He didn't return kicks, however. A.J. Jefferson is handling that job, at least for now.

--RB Chester Taylor appears to have dropped to fourth on the depth chart. He started in Seattle but looked slow, or at least indecisive.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald is seeing double teams on most every play. The Cardinals are using him on shorter routes and trying to identify the times when he does have single coverage.

--WR Andre Roberts is a starter, but Early Doucet, the third receiver, is a more dangerous target. Roberts did not have a catch against the Giants and was not targeted.

--WR Early Doucet has passed Andre Roberts as the No. 2 receiver, at least in terms of being Kevin Kolb's target. Doucet is strong and can run after the catch.

--TE Todd Heap is starting to emerge as a receiving threat. The team is trying to get him open deep down the middle but has failed so far. --TE Jeff King will catch a pass or two a game, but his main job is blocking.

--K Jay Feely made two short field goal attempts last week after missing three of four in the first three games. The short ones may have been what Feely needed to get in a groove.

--ILB Stewart Bradley still can't get on the field. The Cardinals signed him to a five-year, $30 million deal, but Bradley can't beat out Paris Lenon. Bradley is making the transition from the 4-3 to a 3-4, and his learning curve is steeper than expected.

--NT David Carter is backing up Dan Williams but they are playing a similar number of snaps. Carter, a sixth-round pick, has been a huge surprise. He had the first sack of his NFL career last week, causing a fumble in the process.

--C Lyle Sendlein continues to play well. He's the steadiest offensive lineman on the team, and his ability to adjust protections has helped quarterback Kevin Kolb.

--DE Calais Campbell continues to play well. He had 2.5 sacks in Week 3 and added seven tackles against the Giants.

--DE Darnell Dockett doesn't have huge tackle or sack numbers but he's making an impact. For instance, Dockett had four tackles against the Giants, but two of them were for losses.

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