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center_img PlayerAttemptsYardsAverageTouchdownsYards Per Game Much of the workload was tied to game flow, so it may not be wise to read too much into how the carries were divvied up.“It was good to see Andre back out there, so they all had a role in this one,” Arians said following Arizona’s win over the Lions. “Each week, it will be a little bit different, but it was nice to see Andre hit his stride and hit that speed on an inside play taking it to the house.”“Well, depth, obviously,” QB Carson Palmer added when asked what having Ellington back in the fold brings to the team. “Having Chris in a new system and a new offense and maybe not ready for the load right off the get-go from the season because we signed him so late, so just having that opportunity to get him out and give him a blow after that long run he had and get Andre in there or get David in there, but they’re so different.“Each guy is so different. They’re built different, they run different, they do. Each guy has a strength and a weakness and I think they each kind of play off of each other really well. What one guy’s strength is another guy’s weakness is and vice versa, so it’s a really good backfield with really good, stable backs.” Top Stories The folks over at FootballOutsiders.com have Arizona second in the NFL in adjusted line yards, which is meant to take into account all running back carries and assigns responsibility to the offensive line based on percentages.But if those kind of rankings are not your thing, try this on for size: It’s not uncommon for a football team, following a season, to talk about areas in which it would like to improve.However, talking about improving is one thing — actually improving is another.So when, at the conclusion of the 2014 season, there was talk about how the Arizona Cardinals would like to see improvement in the running game, few eyebrows were raised.Having finished 31st in the NFL with just 1,308 rushing yards and 32nd with an average of just 3.3 yards per carry, it was certainly an area that could stand to improve. David Johnson18915.1318.2 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But the Cardinals did more than just talk about improving — they actually went out and did it.The team inked three-time Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati to a five-year, $40 million contract, luring the renowned run blocker away from division rival San Francisco. His addition meant 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Cooper, himself known for his run-blocking prowess, moved from left guard to right guard. Those two are essentially fresh faces along the offensive line, joining 2014 free agent prize Jared Veldheer (left tackle), 32-game starter Bobby Massie (right tackle) and veteran leader Lyle Sendlein (center), to make up what was hoped would be an improved blocking unit.That group — along with receivers and tight ends who head coach Bruce Arians has often praised — has helped pave the way for one of the biggest turnarounds you’ll ever see.Entering Week 4, ProFootballFocus.com had the Cardinals’ offensive line ranked as the 11th-best in the league, with a No. 10 ranking in run blocking. Needless to say, an effort against the Detroit Lions in which Arizona’s backs accounted for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries probably saw them climb in the rankings. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more