Arizona has shown a commitment to get Wells more carries in recent weeks. He's had 12 and 14 carries the last two weeks, after averaging fewer than six the first four games. More carries is what every good running back needs. It lets them wear down the defense and gives them a chance for more big plays. If Wells wants to show that last week was a not a fluke, he's going to need a solid 10-15 carries against Carolina.
As for the rest of the season, it is far too soon to predict Wells' impact. Even if he does assume Tim Hightower's role as starter at some point, the two will continue to split time.
The rookie has also shown the propensity to put the ball on the ground, fumbling three times this season. This is an area Wells has to improve. If this continues, Wells could see a decrease in touches, although Hightower has also struggled with fumbles.
As expected, Wells has slowly eased his way into the Cardinals' offense. He has seen more looks, which has resulted in more production. If he can continue to improve each week, he will see his touches increase.
"He just has to continue to improve on the little things, continue to become more well-rounded as far as the passing game and picking things up," QB Kurt Warner said, after last week's game.
"That's going to make him even more effective, when we can change pace with him and we can do some different things with him in there."