Arizona Cardinals Running Back group is one in transition

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These are the expectations for the 2022 Arizona Cardinals’ running back room

Starting with Conner, he’ll be the starter once again. Will he have a near-historic season once again? It will be hard with teams dialed in on him, especially near the goal line. Williams will be the aerial threat, while Benjamin will get some reps every now and then.

As for the predictions:

  • Conner: 946 yards rushing, 14 rush TD, 42 receptions, 317 yards, three rec. TD
  • Williams: 450 yards rushing, five rush TD, 54 receptions, 602 yards, six rec TD
  • Benjamin: 225 yards rushing, three rush TD, 18 receptions, 154 yards, one rec TD

The Cardinals will have a hard time replicating their rushing yard success without the help of Kyler Murray and his dynamic abilities on the ground. Of course, Murray will gain yards, but his production isn’t the focus here.

The Cardinals are also hoping that Will Hernandez will mend the mental wounds that Max Garcia left behind after being steamrolled by Aaron Donald. That’s what will keep the Cardinals from besting their 2,200-plus rushing yards from 2021.

The receiving game should see a revival, possibly best since the David Johnson or Larry Centers (you choose) era(s). Here’s to hoping that Kingsbury’s playbook is more effective than ever.

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