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Week 1 vs. SF
Rushing: 7 / 29 / 0
The rookie looked fantastic for having missed most of training camp and the preseason. Wells had a very good initial burst, great footwork through the hole, a second gear, and he even carried a pile five yards at the end of his best run. Wells also got two goal to go snaps and one goal to go carry when the Cards were in the red zone (the one time they got down there). Try to trade for him while his stat line conceals his real value.
Week 2 vs. JAX
Rushing: 7 / 44 / 0
Once again, Beanie had the best initial burst of any Cards back, and he was physical and creative in the open field. On the downside, Wells fumbled twice, once inside the 10, and you have to wonder if his planned on workload was reduced because of it. He definitely has the vision, quicks, and strength to make great things happen, and he had one 15-yard run called back by a penalty, but if his ball security issues persist, his value will remain modest.
Week 3 vs. IND
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
Wells was met in the backfield on both of his carries and never had a chance to be a bigger part of the game after the Cardinals fell behind by 18.
Week 5 vs. HOU
Rushing: 7 / 24 / 0
Wells led the Cardinals with 7 carries and managed a respectable 24 yards, but he did not show consistent burst to the line of scrimmage on many of his carries. Furthermore, outside of a handful of downs where he blocked for Kurt Warner in the shotgun, Wells did not see much time on the field in passing situations. He continues to develop as a runner but will need to show more consistency in each carry in addition to learning to trust his linemen with opening the hole in the right place.
Week 6 vs. SEA
Rushing: 12 / 29 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 1 targets
Wells did a nice job breaking outside a couple of times and gaining a few extra yards. He also showed patience in waiting for the hole to develop, and then hit it hard. Hightower and Wells had roughly the same number of touches, but Hightower got the short yardage calls, and was used more as a receiving option. Late in the game, both Cardinal running backs had trouble finding any room.
Week 7 vs. NYG
Rushing: 14 / 67 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 10 / 0 on 3 targets
This was the Chris Wells the Arizona Cardinals had in mind when they drafted him late in the 1st round of this years draft. Wells turned in his best game as a pro and looked every bit the part of a stud RB. Running extremely hard with explosiveness and delivering vicious stiff-arms throughout the game. In many ways Wells was the key to the Cardinals win in week 7 providing them with a sorely needed running attack when the passing games was out of sorts. He came into the game on the 2nd series of the 1st quarter and immediately caught a short screen pass and ran a couple of draw plays. Wells was power was utilized more as the game progressed almost creating a conservative approach for the Arizona offense. This culminated in Wells earning his first TD as a professional when he blew up a Giants LB on his way to very impressive 13 yd TD run. Wells finished the game with career highs attempts(14), yards(67), and catches(3). As long as Wells is able to secure the ball and cure his fumbling issue, he should be able to earn the lion's share of the work in the Arizona backfield moving forward. Buy now while you still can.
Week 8 vs. CAR
Rushing: 8 / 47 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Wells played the hare to Hightower's tortoise. He is faster, and a very elusive runner, but sometimes a little too elusive. Defenders would often catch up to him as he tried to make a move, instead of simply gaining the extra yard or two that is there for him. He looked impressive on most of his carries, but his fantasy value will remain limited as long as Hightower continues to be productive.
Week 9 vs. CHI
Rushing: 13 / 72 / 0
Wells is fast and hard to take down. Each game the timeshare between him and Tim Hightower gets a little more balanced, and this week it was basically even, though it is worth noting that Wells is still not utilized as a receiving option. His other flaw showed when he actually seemed a little lost on short yardage carry --- though it is notable that he got one. While Wells does a great job shedding tacklers and gaining a few extra yards, he doesn't seem to be able to run straight ahead when it's called for.
Week 10 vs. SEA
Rushing: 16 / 85 / 2
Receiving: 2 / 32 / 0 on 2 targets
Beanie Wells had the best game of his young career. He still splits carries with Tim Hightower, but if this game is any indication, he is beginning to get the call in more situations than he has in the past. Wells showed that he can gain yards as a receiver and in short yardage situations, too. His best runs were behind a lead blocker; he showed patience and smarts, hitting holes at exactly the right time and gaining extra yards because of it. A prime example was his 10 yard score, which was actually a short yardage set, on 4th & 1. Not content with a yard, he waited and found the opening. The timeshare will continue, but Wells' game is becoming more well rounded and he is getting more carries as a result.
Week 11 vs. STL
Rushing: 14 / 74 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 3 targets
Chris Wells took full advantage of playing against a weak opponent, running hard and with good speed and forward lean against St. Louis. The Rams' defense posed little challenge for Wells or Tim Hightower as both backs so plenty of first half work. Wells was able to punch it in at the goal line on his toughest run and he remains likely to split the workload with Hightower going forward. His only miscue came on the opening drive where he dropped a pitch from Kurt Warner that the Rams recovered. Wells may also have to work harder if Kurt Warner is out next week as Arizona may run more against Tennessee in Week 12 if Warner is unable to play.
Week 12 vs. TEN
Rushing: 8 / 20 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 21 / 0 on 1 targets
This was not the kind of game that Wells excels in, with little room to run between the tackles and a physical opposing defense. Wells fumbled a pitch and recovered it for a big loss, which really seemed to take away any momentum he had going into the game. He did run a sideline route and make a nice catch to set up the Cardinals only offensive TD, but he played a back-up sized role instead of the co-lead role he had in recent Arizona wins.
Week 13 vs. MIN
Rushing: 13 / 28 / 0
After his first carry, an impressive spinning burst up the middle for 11 yards, Wells was ineffective for most of the game. However, it was more the fault of an aggressive Minnesota defense than anything else. Wells showed good patience on his runs, finding what little holes he could and bursting through for minimal gains. However, the holes were few and far between, limiting his overall effectiveness for the day.
Week 14 vs. SF
Rushing: 15 / 79 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 24 / 0 on 1 targets
Wells had one of his best moments of his short career when he was stopped on 4th and goal and kept churning his legs to get in anyway. He found great holes to run through and his burst was clearly too much for the 49ers. Wells wasn't very elusive in the open field, but he was often seven or eight yards downfield before he was touched. Wells also had a nice catch and run, breaking tackles along the way to get the Cards deep into 49ers territory. In addition to that burst and power, Wells displayed nice feel around his feet to avoid ankle tackles. Wells did surrender a fumble in the second half deep in the Cards end, but Dashon Goldson delivered a crushing blow to force it. He is looking like a good RB2 play in the upcoming cupcake matchups vs Detroit and St. Louis.
Week 15 vs. DET
Rushing: 17 / 110 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 13 / 0 on 2 targets
Wells ripped off long runs all day, taking advantage of good blocking at the point of attack to get to the second level with ease behind his great initial burst. He made a nice move on his one catch to notch a solid gain, and he also had one of his biggest gains on a run out of a passing formation. Wells scored from 18 yards out from a traditional two-TE running formation by setting up his blocks, putting a move on the LB in the hole, and then running through tacklers to get the last 10 yards. The Lions were more aggressive against Wells in the second half, but it didn't stop him from scoring or setting up the game-winning TD with a long run. He is a top 10-15 RB option next week vs. the Rams.
Week 16 vs. STL
Rushing: 17 / 68 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 25 / 0 on 1 targets
Wells helped finish off the Rams with the last TD of the game, scored by breaking a short yardage run outside, and he also struck his best blows of the game in the second half. Wells had speed to burn in the open field on his only reception, a 25-yarder. His initial burst is among the best in the league, and Wells also breaks tackles along the way. The Cardinals will have a more dangerous running game than they had in last year's playoffs with Wells toting the rock.
Week 17 vs. GB
Rushing: 6 / 19 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Wells couldn't get much going in the first half where he managed just two yards on four carries. He did have a nice 17-yard run up the gut when the game was out of hand and the Cards were playing 33 points behind. He finished with 6 carries for 19 yards.
Week 18 vs. GB
Rushing: 14 / 91 / 0
Wells was stacked up for a few losses, but he mostly gashed the Packers for five and ten yard gains, and his 42 yard run in the third quarter helped calm down the Cards after back-to-back Packers TDs pulled them within seven points. Wells didn't bust off any long gains after that, but he did more than enough in the second half of the season to become the centerpiece of the post-Warner Arizona offense, whether that comes about next season or in 2011.
Week 19 vs. NO
Rushing: 5 / 7 / 1
His first carry was for a short touchdown. Beyond that, Wells really didn't get a chance to show his skills in this game. With The Cardinals playing from behind nearly the whole game --- and the fact that the team does not use him a receiver --- Wells did not see the ball again until very late in the game, when it was basically over.