Beanie Wells is coming off the best game of his career and, thus far, has played the best three games in a row since coming into the NFL. So coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked, is it a direct result of the trade of Tim Hightower?
“Beanie has taken a lot of criticsm, and I think not having Tim here put a lot more pressure on him,” Whisenhunt said. “At the same time, it became his. Maybe it was a little in conjunction of Beanie growing up (too). Whether Tim was here or not, if Beanie hadn’t improved in his pass protection, if he hadn’t done the right things technique-wise, like holding on to the ball and having the right footwork, he wouldn’t have played anyway.”
When the Cards and Redskins played earlier this season, Beanie acknowledged it was better for both guys to be on different rosters, in terms of professional growth. Whisenhunt emphasized Hightower had been a good teammate with Wells, and Beanie has never said any different. I think it’s easy to theorize about Beanie blossoming. If Ryan Williams were healthy, would it be playing out the same? Great question. I think the only impact Hightower’s departure had was the fact it was one less mouth to feed offensively. That just created something for Wells.
In the end, though, Beanie is (relatively) healthy — compared to last year — and he knew all along this was going to be his crucial “prove-it” season. To me, that’s the biggest reason for Wells’ early rampage.
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