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Updated Nov 29, 2011 - 5:19 pm

Daryn Colledge proves his worth against Rams

Sure, Beanie Wells deserves credit for setting a franchise record with 228 yards rushing Sunday in St. Louis, but according to, he had some help along the way.

Specifically from left guard Daryn Colledge.

Colledge, who left the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers to sign with the Cardinals before the season, has had an uneven first season in the desert. He was dominant Sunday.

Back in 2008 we saw him as one of the best young guards in the league but for whatever reason, after the Packers disastrous use of him as a left tackle early in 2009, he's seemed little more than a journeyman player. Here though, he looked backed to his 2008 best, giving up nothing in pass protection and making a very good player in James Laurinaitis (-4.4) look particularly poor. For those who are thinking he did most of that damage at the second level, you'd be wrong. Nearly everything the Cardinals did was focused on getting him pulling either right, where he would usually then come up against Laurinaitis or left where he would get the better of ex-teammate Brady Poppinga (-3.5). For example at 7:10 left in the third Wells picks up seven yards behind his block as Poppinga ends up on the ground.

The Cardinals offensive line has had its issues this season, and while Colledge has been a slight disappointment, you won't find many pointing a finger in his direction.


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