Wells preparing for breakout season in Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals looked like they would be more committed to the run when the drafted Beanie Wells at the end of the first round last year.

Now, that Kurt Warner has retired, that might actually happen. Wells is certainly gearing up for a leading role in the backfield as the Cardinals are making the transition to former first-round pick Matt Leinart at quarterback.

Wells got off to a late start last year. He suffered an ankle injury early in training camp and had some fumbling issues, but he sounds ready to go this spring, a sign that he could be a back on the rise.

"I'm a lot more excited, a lot more comfortable," Wells told Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic. "And I'm looking forward to getting out there and being a lot more productive than I was last year."

Wells has been very involved in the weight room with the team’s strength coach John Lott and they are expecting big results.

"It's not something I normally like to do," Wells said. "But coach Lott pushes me. He lets me know what I have to do, to get my body in shape for the season. And it's a beautiful view. Once you get there, you feel a sense of accomplishment.

"I want to be one of the top backs in the NFL this year," Wells said.

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