Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wells needs strong second half to even debate
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Cardinals running back Beanie Wells appears alongside Vikings receiver Percy Harvin as candidates for the NFL's rookie of the week. Jairus Byrd (Bills), Shonn Greene (Jets) and Jacob Lacey (Colts) are also candidates.
It's about time Harvin started matching the pace Wells has set this season.
What? Harvin has been the more impressive rookie?
Yes, he has, and NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert told me it would be this way.
I humbly raise the subject after sources in the Heinz Field press box told me Seifert was yukking it up at my expense while Harvin was amassing 214 net yards against the Steelers. Seifert subsequently took it to me pretty good when we exchanged text messages Monday.
What was I thinking?
The debate took place months before Brett Favre joined the Vikings and transformed their offense. The fact that Wells missed much of training camp after suffering an ankle injury also changed the dynamics.
I thought the Vikings would have a hard time getting the ball to Harvin. They're finding him 3 or 4 times per game on offense and Favre has something to do with that, but Seifert was right when he projected big things from Harvin in the return game.
Wells is starting to make an impact. He's not going to rush for 1,200 yards, which I considered possible if he started all season, but his production is on the rise. If the Cardinals win the NFC West again and make another playoff run, I expect Wells to be a key component of their success.