The Arizona Cardinals are sitting pretty after a strong start to the season. They are 4-1 and have a close victory over the New England Patriots and a convincing win over the Philadelphia Eagles. However, their running game is officially in shambles as they placed Ryan Williams on injured reserve this week.
Williams joins Beanie Wells on IR and it appears the only viable option the Cardinals have is Larod Stephens-Howling. With the trade deadline approaching in a couple of weeks, should the Cardinals make a play for a running back?
Wells is on the new IR that will allow him to come back late in the season, but with them tied for first place with the San Francisco 49ers they shouldn’t sit back and trust third and fourth stringers to carry the load.
Especially when the guy set to replace Williams as the starter has 12 carries for 1 yard on the season. No, that was not a typo.
The Cardinals have to give the Tennessee Titans a call and inquire about Chris Johnson. Yes, the former 2000 yard back has taken a fall from grace like not many we’ve seen in the NFL, but perhaps a move to a winning team is exactly what he needs.
Johnson showed he still has potential, rushing for 141 yards against the Houston Texans. He has to be better than whatever the Cardinals can find on the scrap heap.
If the Cardinals can convince the Titans that Johnson’s value is low and be realistic about his expectations moving forward, it shouldn’t cost more than a fourth round pick to get him. They need to explore all options, but this one in particular.