The Arizona Cardinals an 71 offensive plays on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. That by itself is something to cheer about a little, as last season, they struggled so badly on offense. More offensive plays are a start.
How did the playing time look on the offensive side of the ball?
The guys you would expect to play every down did -- Carson Palmer, the entire starting offensive line (Levi Brown, Daryn Colledge, Lyle Sendlein, Paul Fanaika and Eric Winston) and Larry Fizgerald.
Among the running backs, Rashard Mendenhall was in on 35 of the 71 plays, Alfonso Smith was in for 27 and Andre Ellington was in for eight. Stepfan Taylor did not get into the game offensively.
For the receivers, Fitz played all 71 plays and Michael Floyd was on the field for 67 plays. Andre Roberts was out there for 51 plays and Jaron Brown saw 12 plays. Patrick Peterson got three snaps on offense to start the season.
Lastly -- the tight ends. Jim Dray was the workhorse. He was out there for 59 plays. Kory Sperry was on the field for 18 plays and rookie D.C. Jefferson got four snaps.
The two questions moving forward -- how many offensive snaps can we expect Peterson to get, and why did Taylor not get into the game?
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