With the Arizona Cardinals getting thin at running back during training camp, they have reportedly gone out and signed another player to add depth at the position. This is not going to be a player that ends up on the final roster, but it can help to lighten the load of some of the other backs this weekend as the Cards play their first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.
It has not been officially announced, but Aaron Wilson, known as the Ravens Insider on Twitter tweeted that a league source revealed to him that former Kansas State running back Thomas Clayton has been added to the Cards' roster.
Cardinals signed running back Thomas Clayton, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 1, 2012
The Cards needed some more help at running back with Beanie Wells currently on the preseason PUP list (making it so his roster spot can be used) and Javarris James was injured last week.
With Ryan Williams still being brought up to speed recovering from his knee surgery last year and LaRod Stephens-Howling not likely to get a ton of carries, the team needed to lighten the load of Alfonso Smith and Williams Powell.
As it is, Powell got a huge workload last preseason, carrying the ball 29 times in a game, only to be cut from the team few days later.
In a bit of humor, one of our readers, Scott Howard, who is a K-State graduate had this analysis of Clayton:
My thorough analysis of Thomas Clayton - he has huge biceps and he's awful at football.— Scott Howard (@ScottHoward42) August 1, 2012
We'll see if he actually has anything.
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