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Week 3 vs. OAK
Rushing: 14 / 75 / 0
Wells had a terrific yards per carry average in his return to the lineup from meniscus knee surgery, but he was actually bottled up on a good amount of his carries. When he did break free, Wells easily got to the third level of the defense and threatened multiple breakaway runs. He also finished his runs with strength and set up the go-ahead TD with strong running down to the one-yard line. Wells should have at least flex value going forward, especially if Derek Anderson continues to play well.
Week 4 vs. SD
Rushing: 5 / 19 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
Wells, who has been nursing a knee injury, did not see his first carry until early in the second quarter. Tim Hightower carried the majority of the load up until that point. Wells looked fairly strong in running it up the gut on successive rushes, but his five carries and six total rushes didn't provide much of a sampling on how well he was able to respond. What's more, the game got out of hand very early on, which prevented Arizona from establishing any sort of rushing attack.
Week 5 vs. NO
Rushing: 20 / 35 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
He cried about his playing time and role a week ago. Well he got his chance to prove himself this past weekend and he mostly flopped. The OL is not good, in fact it borders on awful but New Orleans has been so so on rush defense and Wells could not carve a hole at all thru the defense. His passing game or lack of it didn't help matters. The Saints basically dared the Cardinals to pass on them and stacked the box. Still I have seen guys that are elite RBs in the NFL manage a better showing than what Wells did plus he fumbled during the game however the luck was with Arizona and they recovered. I was not impressed with Wells at all and continue to be underwhelmed with him since he left Ohio State. The only thing good was that after the 1st carry where he went wide right and lost 3 yards, he never was tackled behind the line of scrimmage the rest of the day. It might have only been 1 yard here or 2 yards there but he was eating up clock and shortening the game some for Arizona.
Week 7 vs. SEA
Rushing: 14 / 54 / 1
He was not the starter in this game. Hightower took the field and was doing very well. Wells came in during the 3rd series but a big fumble by Hightower later in the 2nd quarter pretty much ended his day starting for Arizona. Wells managed a short touchdown in the 2nd half but overall this writer was not impressed with Wells during much of the game. There doesn't appear to be a major burst when he hits the hole. Not sure if there is another injury that has crept up again but Wells is not reliable. Wells had 8 carries for 22 yards on 1st and 10 for the day. That is not going to get it done. It doesn't help that Arizona has a very limited passing game but still Wells needs to do better than that. The running game should help the passing game out at this point.
Week 8 vs. TB
Rushing: 16 / 50 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 2 targets
Wells started off with a very nice run, but more often was met in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage as the game went on. He had a nice gain on a swing pass, although he also cost the team a first down when he juggled a third-down reception as he was going out of bounds. Wells was the main option inside the five, and he converted his second shot for an early TD. An ill-advised leap left his back bruised in the fourth quarter, but Wells played through the injury. He is the clear starter and short yardage back for the Cardinals, so Wells should have RB2 value going forward.
Week 9 vs. MIN
Rushing: 1 / -2 / 0
Beanie Wells only carried once for minus two yards and it appears the injury he had coming in meant he had little or no influence on the game.
Week 11 vs. KC
Rushing: 8 / 39 / 0
Beanie Wells returned to action this week and was rotated in from time to time to spell Hightower. Wells ran hard and didn't seem to be favouring his knee at all. One run in particular was impressive as he powered past two Chiefs for an 11 yard gain, looking like his old self. Wells picked up another injury in this game, and until he proves otherwise, the injury prone label will be put on him.
Week 12 vs. SF
Rushing: 5 / 13 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 43 / 0 on 1 targets
Wells fumbled on the 1st carry of the day on a mismanaged handoff from Derek Anderson. He and the rest of the Cardinals rushing attack was largely an afterthought from that point on as he ran the ball just 4 more times for 13 yards. Strangely though, Wells did catch a 43 yard toss on a wheel route in the 1st quarter. It was 4th catch of the season.
Week 13 vs. STL
Rushing: 3 / 24 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Beanie Wells looked good on one run in this game, a 16 yarder during which we saw the true Beanie Wells --- power, pace and a refusal to go down. However, Wells did not get enough action to make any significant impact on the game.
Week 14 vs. DEN
Rushing: 6 / 16 / 0
Wells did get a few carries inside the Broncos 10, but didn't convert a TD and generally did not show much of the talent that made him a first-round pick. Wells left the game with a stomach ailment and didn't get a chance to join in the party as the Broncos waved the white flag in the second half. He hasn't been able to dislodge Tim Hightower all season, and you have to wonder if he is having trouble endearing himself to this coaching regime due to his numerous injuries and miscues.
Week 15 vs. CAR
Rushing: 8 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Beanie Wells was equally ineffective on the ground as the Panthers played very stout defense throughout. If there was any positive to be taken from Wells' showing, it was that he looked more powerful and motivated when he got carries.
Week 16 vs. DAL
Rushing: 11 / 47 / 0
Wells was adequate against the Cowboys as he led the Cardinals in carries out of the backfield. That said, he was far from stellar and had trouble putting together a string of carries to help extend drives and grind out the clock. Wells has had an uneven season and it looks like his onfield production will be much lower then it was in 2009 despite the high hopes of fantasy owners everywhere. Aside from staying healthy, Wells primary problem is that he still has a tendency to dance behind the line of scrimmage instead of trusting the blockers in front of him. Even on his best runs between the tackles, Wells wasn't hitting the hole quickly but rather waiting for it to open. This gave the Dallas linebackers and extra moment to fill the same holes, thus limiting Wells' gains. All but one of Wells carries came off-guard (the other was around the end) as it appears the Cardinals coaches are trying to get him running downhill instead of having to read the holes in front of him. His best run came on a 10 yard gain in the middle of a three-carry succession where he had positive yardage on each carry.
Week 17 vs. SF
Rushing: 5 / 16 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
Wells had one good cut to create room to run, otherwise he was unproductive and underused. He entered the season as one of the most likely breakout RBs, now he is just trying to create some positive momentum.