FS Kerry Rhodes nearing return for Arizona
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Posted Dec 5, 2011


Kerry Rhodes participated in a practice last week for the first time since suffered a broken foot against the Vikings and the Cardinals' offensive woes have been most apparent on third down.

LINEUP WATCH: Free safety Kerry Rhodes participated in a practice last week for the first time since suffered a broken foot against the Vikings on Oct. 9. His absence, however, hasn't had a negative impact because other players have compensated. Rashad Johnson has been steady in the base defense, and he leaves the game in nickel situations. Cornerback Richard Marshall moves to safety then, and he's played well in a different role for him. The question for coordinator Ray Horton will be how much he wants to change his lineup when Rhodes returns.

TRENDING: The Cardinals' offensive woes have been most apparent on third down this season. Arizona has converted just 30 percent of the time, which ranks near the bottom of the league. The team has been in too many third-and-long situations, but that's not the only problem. The Cardinals haven't been able to convert on third-and-short, either. Inconsistencies in the running game have played a part, but the biggest culprits are poor play at quarterback and a lack of pass protection. The two are related, of course. Quarterback Kevin Kolb has to prove he is willing to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball under pressure.



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