Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie On His Way

Rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is improving almost weekly, and everyone connected with the Cardinals is excited about his future Rodgers-Cromartie moved into the starting lineup six games ago and has 12 pass breakups and three interceptions in that time. More important, he's not giving up as many touchdown passes as he did earlier this season in a backup role.

The team's first-round pick and the 16th overall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has startling speed, which was evident last week when he returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown against the Rams.

While he has the physical ability to be an elite corner, Rodgers-Cromartie struggled early this season, mostly because he wasn't accustomed to the talent level in the NFL.

He played in college at Tennessee State, and it was rare that he faced an elite receiver. Coaches have worked hard with him on finishing plays and not letting bad ones affect him for long.

Rodgers-Cromartie seems to be improving in that area. Coaches aren't afraid to use him in man coverage, and his extraordinary speed allows him to close on passes quickly.


--QB Kurt Warner has committed eight turnovers in the past four games -- six interceptions and two fumbles.

--RB Tim Hightower has 10 rushing touchdowns this season, setting the franchise mark for rookies. As a runner, however, he is dancing a bit too much and missing some holes. Coaches are working with him on that.

--RB J.J. Arrington is making big plays weekly as the single back in the team's spread formation. Last week, Arrington had runs of 16 and 9 yards and receptions of 15 and 10, all in the first half.

--RB Edgerrin James made an early appearance in last week's game. He played on the second series and finished the game with three carries for 11 yards.

--WR Anquan Boldin has 1,004 receiving yards for his career, the fourth time he's eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. That's a team record.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald is running better after the catch this year and has turned into an effective blocker.

--TE Steven Spach is starting now and played a small part in the passing attack last week, catching two passes for 15 yards.

--TE Leonard Pope is returning to health after a foot injury, and he is a dangerous receiver down the middle.

--K Neil Rackers made two more field goals last week, and his only miss in his last 18 attempts was a fair-catch kick.

--OLB Clark Haggans might be out for the rest of the season after aggravating a foot injury last week.

--CB Eric Green has descended rapidly down the depth chart. A former starter, Green was inactive last week, meaning he was the team's fifth cornerback.

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