Yes, some Cardinals' stock rising as well

In retrospect, the NFC West Stock Watch exiting Week 1 could have used some Arizona Cardinals representation in the "rising" section.

I'll go one better than that by creating a separate item honoring multiple Cardinals.

Among the candidates worthy of our consideration:

  • Kevin Kolb, quarterback: His stock was already pretty high around here, at least in my view. But if someone had told the Cardinals to expect 309 yards passing with two touchdowns and a victory in Kolb's debut, the team would have gladly accepted. Arizona likely would have lost its opener against Carolina if forced to play with its quarterbacks from last season.

  • Early Doucet, receiver: Nothing like a 70-yard touchdown reception and a 35-yard average on three catches to open the season. Doucet has had more problems with injuries than opponents to this point in his career. This was a good start for him. His stock rose.

  • Beanie Wells, running back: The Cardinals surely would have taken an 18-carry, 90-yard performance from Wells if someone had offered it to them before the game. Wells did not fumble, although he and Kolb failed to connect on a pitch near the goal line. He scored a touchdown. He stayed healthy.

  • Daryl Washington, linebacker: One interception, one-half sack and six tackles should count for something even though the Cardinals' defense allowed 477 yards.

  • Patrick Peterson, return specialist: Peterson the cornerback appeared as part of the "falling" section in the stock watch. Peterson the returner and overall big-play threat deserves mention for his game-changing punt return for a touchdown.

Any other viable candidates from Arizona? I'm going to watch the game more closely later Tuesday.