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

May 19, 06:53 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) was held out of 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, May 19, during organized team activities. Palmer did, however, participate in 7-on-7 drills.
May 19, 04:03 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd was recognized for his conditioning by head coach Bruce Arians during organized team activities.
May 19, 03:53 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) will wear a knee brace this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
May 18, 07:12 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Ifeanyi Momah has a good chance to make the team's final roster following the retirement of TE John Carlson. Momah is likely to make the full-time switch to tight end, after playing wide receiver in high school and college. Momah is expected to earn a spot on the Cardinals' depth chart behind tight ends Troy Niklas and Darren Fells.
May 13, 03:23 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington said the selection of rookie RB David Johnson will give him more rest time and keep the offense upbeat.
May 07, 03:13 AM New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard was picked up off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, May 6.
May 05, 05:53 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas has much expected from him this season, especially following the retirement of TE John Carlson.
May 05, 09:33 AM New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard will be released Tuesday, May 5.
May 05, 08:33 AM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) participated in on-field drills with the team Monday, May 4. He handed the ball off to the running backs and threw short, intermediate and deep throws to his receivers. While the action wasn't close to replicating game-like conditions, Palmer said joining the rest of the team on the field was a big mental boost after missing the last eight games of the 2014 season.
May 03, 08:12 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's role in 2015 will be similar to the role he had last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
May 01, 04:42 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is a player the Cardinals are willing to discuss in a trade, but no team has contacted them.
Apr 29, 06:43 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd's fifth-year option is being picked up, according to a source.
Apr 24, 10:52 AM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown has added 10 pounds this offseason and is up to 183 pounds. Brown said the long season took a toll on his body, and he wanted to add weight.
Apr 23, 03:02 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's (foot) injured foot is about 95 percent healed, and Ellington has not suffered any setbacks, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Apr 19, 10:02 AM Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) could be limited during offseason workouts since he is recovering from a knee injury, but he should be able to do some things during the workouts.
Apr 17, 10:22 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (shoulder) has been rehabbing his injured shoulder and said he hopes to be back up to speed for OTAs.

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  25 Marion GriceRB
 # 6  26 Tavon RooksOL
 # 7  2 Ted BolserTE
 Undrafted Chandler CatanzaroK
 Undrafted Zach BaumanRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 4:05PM     New Orleans
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Chicago
3     Sep 27 4:05PM     San Francisco
4     Oct 4 4:25PM     St Louis
5     Oct 11 4:05PM     at Detroit
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
7     Oct 26 8:30PM     Baltimore
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     at Cleveland
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 8:30PM     at Seattle
11     Nov 22 4:05PM     Cincinnati
12     Nov 29 4:05PM     at San Francisco
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at St Louis
14     Dec 10 8:25PM     Minnesota
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at Philadelphia
16     Dec 27 4:25PM     Green Bay
17     Jan 3 4:25PM     Seattle
18     Jan 9 4:35PM     at Carolina
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