For Beanie Wells, the only thing that’s changed is opportunity

Oct 4, 2011, 9:14 PM | Updated: 10:35 pm

Beanie Wells showed promise as a rookie, rushing for 793
yards and seven touchdowns for a team that went to the

However, his second season with the Cardinals didn’t go so
well, as the former Ohio State star picked up just 397
and two touchdowns, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry.

Needless to say, the fact that he’s on pace to surpass
year’s total by Week 5 of this season gives the
impression that something has changed with the runner.

“I don’t think anything’s changed,” Wells told Arizona
Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Tuesday. “I go to work, I go to
practice just like I have been year in and year out. I
just like to think I’m getting the opportunity right now.”

True, Wells is getting more carries than ever before, as
he’s the undisputed number one back and the options behind
him are nothing to write home about, but it seems as if
something’s different this season.

After all, simply getting more carries wouldn’t cause a
player to go from possible first round bust to All-Pro in
one season.

“If you go back to last year, remember last year was one
of those years where I had the knee injury all year and
it’s something that kind of lingered,” Wells said. “Right
now I think you guys are just seeing a healthy me and I
think it’s more comparable to how I ran my rookie year.”

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For Beanie Wells, the only thing that’s changed is opportunity