Arizona Cardinals fans have been waiting for a while now, but with running back Stepfan Taylor sidelined for the next couple of weeks or so, rookie running back Marion Grice should get his first game action on offense.
When asked about Grice, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said to reporters on Thursday (via AZCentral), "he's going to play."
"He's got to play with Stepf being down," he said. "I'm confident in his ability to be a player and make plays for us."
Goodwin believes Grice can make contributions on first, second or third down.
He does have the skillset. He was an every down back at Arizona State. He can run. He can catch the ball. He is a decent pass protector.
But if you are expecting much from Grice, you might be disappointed.
With how things have gone this season, it has been clear that this offense is all about Andre Ellington. Bruce Arians has said multiple times Ellington will stay on the field if he is fresh. Recently, that is roughly 80-90 percent of the snaps. It means he gets almost all the carries. The one exception was the Raiders game, when the team had 37 rushing attempts.
That isn't likely to change with Grice. He will take most of Taylor's snaps, which are anywhere between five and 15. He might get a couple of carries.
Against Dallas, are you expecting more than that? I honestly think he will get a few snaps and that is it.