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

Jul 21, 01:53 PM Arizona Cardinals DT Alameda Ta'amu (knee) and FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) are candidates to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp.
Jul 15, 10:53 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor and RB Jonathan Dwyer will both be used to spell RB Andre Ellington this season, according to ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.
Jul 15, 10:33 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Ted Ginn Jr. will be the team's No. 3 receiver this year and WR John Brown should be the No. 4 receiver, according to ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss. Weinfuss said WR Walter Powell looks like the frontrunner for the No. 5 spot, but WR Dan Buckner and WR Brittan Golden could win the job in camp.
Jul 14, 05:42 PM Arizona Cardinals S Deone Bucannon is expected to start at strong safety this upcoming season.
Jul 14, 05:32 PM Arizona Cardinals OG Paul Fanaika will be entering training camp as the leading candidate for the starting right guard job, while OT Bobby Massie is entering camp as the starting right tackle. Both players will have to compete for the starting jobs during training camp.
Jul 12, 05:42 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown appears to have emerged as the leading candidate for the No. 4 wide receiver job entering training camp.
Jul 12, 05:42 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Ted Ginn Jr. appears to have the inside track for the No. 3 wide receiver job this upcoming season.
Jul 12, 05:32 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Rob Housler is expected to enter training camp as the fourth tight end on the depth chart and will have to compete for a roster spot.

Fantasy Impact: Not good. Housler is really falling out of favor with the coaching staff.
Jul 11, 03:02 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said he was never approached about a trade involving the New England Patriots. Nothing at all. I mean, I heard stuff that was being said. But there was never a time where the team approached me. Nothing like that.
Jul 10, 06:42 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said Thursday, July 10 that he's in good shape and feels that he's where he should be as far as conditioning and route-running. Fitzgerald also said he's been working on plays with backup QB Ryan Lindley.
Jul 07, 05:02 PM Arizona Cardinals LB Alex Okafor (biceps) feels more comfortable in his sophomore offseason. 'A year makes all the difference,' Okafor said, adding that he's learned the playbook and knows his teammates better. Okafor said he feels like he finally has an identity and can be himself on the field. Head coach Bruce Arians said Okafor had an excellent offseason.
Jul 07, 04:22 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was complimented by an anonymous safety recently, according to a source, who said that Palmer's game and work ethic are respected by not just him, but the Cardinals' locker room. The unnamed player said Palmer is the kind of leader the team needs at quarterback.
Jul 07, 12:20 PM Arizona Cardinals TE John Carlson has been the tight end who impressed the most during organized team activities and minicamp. Head coach Bruce Arians complimented Carlson's ability to pick up the system quickly, his speed and hands, and he considers Carlson an adequate blocker. Arians wants physical tight ends who are capable blockers. Carlson will compete for targets with TEs Rob Housler, Jake Ballard and Troy Niklas (hand).

Fantasy Impact: Carlson might be the favorite to start for the Cardinals right now.
Jul 03, 04:32 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Rob Housler's blocking ability could be a concern, given what head coach Bruce Arians expects from the tight end position. Housler is an excellent route runner and pass catcher, but Arians wants his tight ends to also be bruising blockers off the line.
Jul 03, 10:12 AM Arizona Cardinals OG Paul Fanaika is entering training camp as the starting right guard.
Jul 02, 11:13 PM Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he has been impressed with how RB Jonathan Dwyer looked during offseason workouts. 'He's in better shape and he's running routes and catching the ball better than I remember,' Arians said. 'I know he'll pound you and can really run the football. I know he can pass block. But he caught the ball extremely well. He made some catches in the red zone for us. That was a surprise.'

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  20 Logan ThomasQB
 # 5  20 Ed StinsonDL
 # 6  20 Walt PowellWR

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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