2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Arizona Cardinals
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Cardinals had a very good season last year (10-6) but still managed to miss the playoffs, mainly because the division they play is so good. Arizona is talented enough to challenge for a playoff spot once again but might have a hard time getting in because the Seahawks and 49ers are ahead of them right now in their division. The Cardinals have an underrated defense and the offense is much better with Bruce Arians at the helm. Arians did a good job of turning things around last season.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Andre Ellington will be the starter for the Cardinals this season and get a lot of touches in that role. He did well with his chances last season, showing a lot of total yardage potential because of his ability to catch the ball and make a lot of plays in the open field. Ellington is our top breakout candidate for the coming season. He can get 1,500 or so total yards and near double-digit scores. The Cardinals have a good offense and he'll be the back leading the way.
FANTASY DUD
Quarterback Carson Palmer was a little up and down his first season with the Cardinals, but did a good job of turning things around after a slow start to the season. Palmer is another year older, though, and doesn't have the arm strength as earlier in his career. He'll turn the ball over more than your normal starting quarterback and his touchdown totals won't be off the charts. Don't overvalue him come draft day. He is a fantasy backup worth a few spot starts. His overall numbers won't be great for fantasy teams.

Team Notes

Oct 22, 06:53 PM Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell (knee) and TE Troy Niklas (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. S Rashad Johnson (knee) was limited, while DE Frostee Rucker (calf) practiced in full.
Oct 22, 06:53 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 06:53 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 03:33 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) is no longer wearing a walking boot and will be limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 21, 10:03 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) threw at team headquarters Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is 'real close' to 100% percent, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Oct 21, 09:33 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 8, head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Oct 21, 09:23 PM Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell (knee) could return for the team's Week 8 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Oct 21, 04:03 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington had 88 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving in Week 7, and only four players in franchise history since 1960 to have more yards from scrimmage than Ellington's 653 through six games. Ellington has also been playing with a partially torn tendon in his foot. Head coach Bruce Arians said Ellington will continue to sit out of practice on Wednesdays.
Oct 20, 03:23 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (ribs) has sore ribs but no structural damage, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Oct 20, 11:25 AM Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor vultured two touchdowns in the red zone Sunday, Oct. 19. RB Andre Ellington said he called Taylor in at the goal line and could have stayed in the game, but Taylor deserved the goal line love.
Oct 18, 11:08 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) continues to see improvement with the bruised nerve in his right shoulder, and head coach Bruce Arians said Friday, Oct. 17, that the injury continues to improve daily.
Oct 18, 12:42 AM Arizona Cardinals TE John Carlson (knee) is almost back to 100 percent after suffering a knee injury in the Week 6 game. Head coach Bruce Arians said Friday, Oct. 17, that Carlson practiced better than Thursday, Oct. 16, when he returned to the field after missing time Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Oct 17, 06:02 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.
Oct 17, 06:02 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle) and DE Calais Campbell (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 7. TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), DE Frostee Rucker (calf) and DT Alameda Ta'amu (illness) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. LB Alex Okafor (quadriceps) and CB Patrick Peterson (ankle) fully participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and are listed as probable.
Oct 17, 05:52 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.
Oct 17, 05:42 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Jared Veldheer, OT; Antonio Cromartie, CB; Larry Foote, LB; Ted Ginn, WR. 

Losses:
Karlos Dansby, LB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  27 Deone BucannonDB
 # 2  20 Troy NiklasTE
 # 3  20 Kareem MartinDL
 # 3  27 John BrownWR
 # 4  4 Jalen SaundersWR
 # 4  20 Logan ThomasQB
 # 5  20 Ed StinsonDL
 # 6  25 Marion GriceRB
 Undrafted Chandler CatanzaroK

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 8 10:20PM     San Diego
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     at New York Giants
3     Sep 21 4:05PM     San Francisco
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 5 4:05PM     at Denver
6     Oct 12 4:25PM     Washington
7     Oct 19 4:25PM     at Oakland
8     Oct 26 4:05PM     Philadelphia
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     at Dallas
10     Nov 9 4:25PM     St Louis
11     Nov 16 4:25PM     Detroit
12     Nov 23 4:05PM     at Seattle
13     Nov 30 4:05PM     at Atlanta
14     Dec 7 4:05PM     Kansas City
15     Dec 11 8:25PM     at St Louis
16     Dec 21 8:30PM     Seattle
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     at San Francisco
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