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Cardinals RB Tim Hightower, coming off the best receiving game of his short career, knows he has first round draft pick Chris "Beanie" Wells breathing down his neck on the depth chart.
Following last week's game against the 49ers, more than a few fans called for Well to start, based mostly on his performance on one drive. I wouldn't be surprised if even a few more of those calls were yelled at TV sets all over the Valley as Hightower looked somewhat sluggish on the opening drive.
But Hightower righted himself and ended up with 72 yards on 15 carries, a 4.7 yard average per carry. Beanie added another 44 yards on 7 carries (6.3 average) as the Cardinals amassed 118 yards on the ground.
Those numbers may not put fear into opposing defenses alone. But with the passing attack running on all cylinders, they were plenty to keep the Jaguar defense on its heels all day.
The reason this grade isn't higher than a B- is twofold.
First, Hightower did look skittish and danced a bit on that first drive, eliciting those (potential) calls for Wells.
Second, Beanie did nothing to put head coach Ken Whisenhunt in favor of that move when he fumbled deep in Jaguars territory on that first drive (recovered by TE Anthony Becht at the one-yard line) and fumbled again later in the game.
The offensive line did their best job to date opening holes and keeping Jag defenders out of the backfield.
Thus, the overall rushing grade is a B-.
This is a terrific one-two punch, and the guess here is that the depth chart will remain unchanged—at least for now.