2012 Arizona Cardinals: Whose Stock Is Up or Down Before Camp?

Andrew NordmeierContributor IIIJuly 16, 2012

Is Kevin Kolb's Stock Trending Up or Down?
Is Kevin Kolb's Stock Trending Up or Down?Christian Petersen/Getty Images

With training camp opening in less than two weeks, let's see whose stock is trending upward and whose is trending downward for the Arizona Cardinals.


Trending Upward

WR, Larry FitzgeraldIt's hard to figure out how a Pro Bowl wideout has his stock going even higher but Fitz has done it. After missing a couple of offseason workouts, Fitzgerald tweeted rookie wide receiver Michael Floyd and cited him for a DWI.

In this case DWI stands for "Don't Want It" and Floyd was tagged with this DWI after missing three straight works outs with Fitzgerald. Floyd made the one the next day and was an aggressive participant.

Fitzgerald has a contract through 2018 with Arizona but he's showing the hunger and desire of a true team leader. It may only be mid-July but Fitzgerald is in mid-season mode, mentally speaking. He got to the Super Bowl four years ago and is wanting a return trip in 2012. And a ring.

RBs, Ryan Williams and Beanie Wells: Yes, both are coming off knee injuries but Wells and Williams give Arizona a strong one-two punch at running back. Wells is that power back while Williams relies more on instinct and elusiveness.

Wells will likely be the starter with Williams being the change of pace back. Add to the mix the small (5"7') but shifty LaRod Stephens-Howling and the Cardinals have some real potential at running back. If Arizona can get a running game going, look for it to open up avenues in the passing game that weren't there in years past.

Trending Downward

QB, Kevin KolbDespite an endorsement from Kurt Warner, Kolb is certainly no sure thing to be the starter in 2012,

This is shaping up to be the make-it-or-break-it season for Kolb. He is an unproven commodity under  center and has been bitten by the injury bug. It's also a bad sign when Kolb got booed during Fan Fest last month.

QB, John Skelton: Backup quarterback John Skelton is trending downward as well. While there may be a battle for the starting position, Skelton hasn't done anything to end the controversy. Despite playing well in the second half of last season, Skelton still needs to take advantage of a  team that responded well and had a strong defense to make himself stand out.

Until the Cardinals decide on a starting quarterback, both Kolb and Skleton are watching their values head lower. They're not in danger of losing the job to Richard Bartel nor Ryan Lindley, but a decision needs to made in the Kolb/Skelton battle.

Traning camp opens up soon and the Hall of Frame preseason game will be here before we know it.