Safety Matt Ware paused when he was told Adrian Wilson was crediting him for feeling more beat up this week. It’s not exactly the kind of thing you want a teammate to be saying about you necessarily. But A-Dub meant it as a good thing. Already coach Ken Whisenhunt had said the return of Ware from a shoulder injury would help Wilson. Then it played out that way Sunday.
“I was able to finally play a football game,” Wilson said Monday. “Every time I come in here Monday I feel like I haven’t played. I haven’t been sore. Today I’m kind of sore.”
The reasoning is simple: With Ware back, the Cardinals are comfortable using more of their multiple-safety packages in which Wilson stalks the line of scrimmage for the pass rush or run support rather than playing back in coverage — a virtual outside linebacker in many ways. It’s where he likes to play the most and where he is most effective.
Whisenhunt said Wilson played one of his best games against the Texans, and it’s not a coincidence. Wilson was able to move around and be more physical (hence, the soreness. I jabbed Wilson a bit mentioning that maybe he was more sore because he was getting old — he turned 30 Monday. That got a smile but a definite denial).
Wilson emphasized he’s going to do what the team needs and he’s not looking to pad his stats (even though reaching the 20/20 mark is very important to him). That said, he thinks he can help the team a lot more if he can be used like he was Sunday.
“I had a talk with Billy D,” Wilson said of defensive coordinator Bill Davis. “We had an eye-to-eye. Whenever I am able to do (the various packages), I help the team out. They pay me a lot of money to make plays, so I want to do my part.”
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