Wells Conquers the Curse of the Sophomore Slump:
The Cardinals best chance at gaining some swagger in the running game is through former first-round draft pick Beanie Wells. The young runner has more upside than backfield mate Tim Hightower and should be able to take his game to the next level.
Last season Wells scored seven touchdowns and averaged 4.5 yards per carry while splitting time with Hightower. This year, look for Wells to take on the bulk of the carries and break the 1,000-yard mark. Although opposing defenses will be keying on Wells, he has all the tools needed to develop into an elite running back.
Matt Leinart Becomes the Best Lefty in the Desert Since Randy Johnson:
Say what you will about Matt Leinart, the former USC quarterback has the potential to be a success. Finally given the keys to the family car, Leinart will have every chance to lead the Cardinals in the upcoming season.
Leinart looked good in the mid-May OTA. If Steve Breaston or Early Doucet can step up and fill the void left by Anquan Boldin, Leinart could complete a season with more touchdowns than interceptions for the first time in his career.
The Giants Paid How Much?
The Arizona Cardinals dodged a bullet when they let Antrel Rolle depart for the New York Giants. While he is a capable safety, Rolle is worth nowhere near the amount of money shelled out by Giants management.
The former cornerback can often make spectacular plays, but offsets those by being beat deep regularly. The fact that the Cardinals found a suitable replacement in Kerry Rhodes, without breaking the bank, will help account for the exodus of talent that occurred during the offseason.
Cody Brown Recovers from Injury and Excels:
The Cardinals drafted Brown in the second round of the 2009 draft with the hopes that he would immediately contribute in pass-rushing situations. The former Connecticut standout was sack machine in the college ranks and his talents were expected to thrive in the 3-4 defense. Instead, the Cardinals watched as Brown's rookie season ended before it could begin with an injury.
This year Brown is back and with the losses of Karlos Dansby, Chike Okeafor, and Bertrand Berry, the future is wide open. Cardinals’ fans should prepare as Brown may have more of an impact than aging veteran Joey Porter.
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