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Beanie Wells surprised by Cards draft strategy

Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:06 am
 
WellsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

When the Cardinals took RB Ryan Williams in the second round of April’s draft, it caught Arizona’s current No. 1 RB Beanie Wells off guard.

And while it seems somewhat odd that the Cardinals would tell Wells he was on very thin ice only two years into his career – especially after making him a first-round pick in 2009 and because he suffered from a knee injury last year – what other message could management have been sending by taking Williams when it did?

“I didn’t think we really needed a running back, especially in the second round,” Wells said on the Fan AM 1060 (via the Arizona Republic). “But obviously they did. I just take it on as more competition and prepare the same way. … I wasn’t angry. You know the ins and outs of the business. If they don’t like the production at a position, they’re probably going to get another one. This game is like a candy store – if you don’t like the candy you taste, you get another piece.”

He then was asked what he thought the move meant for his job security as the top RB.

“I wasn’t the starting running back; Tim (Hightower) was,” Wells said. “I was just trying to compete to become the starting running back.”

That’s a strange attitude, considering Wells was the featured back until he injured his knee late in the preseason last year – which affected him the entire season – and considering how badly Hightower struggled holding onto the ball. It’s strange because Wells absolutely SHOULD consider himself the starting RB.

During the draft, Williams talked about touching base with Wells, saying, “When the Cardinals told me they were going to pick me, they gave me Beanie Wells’ phone number. I didn’t use it, but now I might give him a text for some help. … I hope so. I heard he’s a good guy. He’s a team player, and I’m part of the team. Hopefully, he’ll be willing to help.”

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Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Beanie Wells surprised by Cards draft strategy

There are two issues here: 
 1)Obviously Beanie can't stay healthy. So  this is just insurance
 2)Cardinals do not have a qb. So they are just going to pound the ball
 So I personaly feel it's a combination of both




Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: June 17, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Beanie Wells surprised by Cards draft strategy

Wells: you just don't get it do you? Williams is probably going to eat your lunch because mediocre doesn't last long in the league.




Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Beanie Wells surprised by Cards draft strategy

As someone who had Wells on my fantasy team, I find it AMAZING Wells would be surprised by the draft.  He WAS on my fantasy team and no longer is because he stunk (injury or no injury).  He'll be lucky to be a 2nd string RB, probably 3rd, and will not be on my fantasy team.  I might even draft the kid they drafted in my deep league.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Beanie Wells surprised by Cards draft strategy

Nobody should 'consider' themselves the starter.  You go out, produce, and MAKE yourself the starter.  It sounds like Wells understands that just fine, even if it hasn't worked out thus far.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 9:45 am
 

Beanie Wells surprised by Cards draft strategy

I don't get why Beanie SHOULD think he is the starter if he is not the starter. It seems this is just another blog trying to start controversy out of nothing. I don't know about you but if I am told I am A backup I am not going to disrespect my teammate by saying " Yeah the coaches say I am the backup but Hightower fumbled more than I did so I am the starter because I said so."



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