Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Today’s news that Cardinals RB Beanie Wells would start in place of Tim Hightower is not a surprise. While Hightower has averaged 5.7 yards per carry this year, he’s more valuable on passing downs because of his superior blocking ability.
But, with Wells slow to return to 100 percent because of a knee injury, Hightower has found plenty of time to fumble on key possessions. In that time frame, he’s managed to lose three fumbles, while Wells – who’s expressed his displeasure at his role in the offense – has continued to improve on his pass-blocking ability.
All of which means we’re going to see more of Wells as an every-down back and much less of Hightower.
“Tim is still going to get carries and be involved in all aspects of the offense,” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said in quotes recorded by the team’s official website. “He’s not going to just be a third-down back. … But (Beanie starting) is the way we’re going to go.”
Hightower fumbled in the second quarter of last week’s game against the Seahawks, and you didn’t see him much the rest of the game. In fact, he got zero carries the rest of the day. Now, no matter what Whisenhunt says, it wouldn’t be shocking not to see Hightower at all this Sunday.
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