2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Arizona Cardinals
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Cardinals had a solid season despite missing their starting quarterback much of the year. Things are looking up for this squad, especially if Carson Palmer returns to past form. The defense is top notch and the offense can be explosive. The running game is a bit of a concern. It might be hard for the Cardinals to repeat last seasonā??s record in this great division but this team is playoff caliber. Arizona can make another playoff appearance but probably donā??t have the firepower to make a run to the Super Bowl.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
It was supposed to be last season that running back Andre Ellington had his big season, but that didnā??t come to fruition, mainly because of injury. The Cardinals did draft a back this offseason but remain committed to Ellington has their starter. He will get a lot of touches in this potentially high-powered offense. Ellington has high total yardage potential and looks like a good buy-low candidate for fantasy teams after disappointing many last year. He can get it done as long as he stays healthy, topping 1,000 total yards while scoring seven or eight touchdowns.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald failed to top 1,000 yards for the third straight season. He has fewer than 800 yards two of those three years. Fitzgerald scored just two touchdowns last year after having 10 the previous season. He can still get his receptions but the days of 1,000-yard, double-digit touchdown seasons seem about over. He turns 32 shortly before the season starts and has a lot of receptions under his belt, making you think a continued slowdown will happen.

Team Notes

Jul 29, 07:03 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (hamstring) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 29.
Jul 29, 05:33 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 29.
Jul 24, 07:22 PM Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Friday, July 24, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Once healthy, he could become the starting tight end before long in Arizona.
Jul 22, 12:32 PM Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (back) met with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, July 21, but the two sides have not agreed to a deal at this point. Gresham underwent back surgery earlier this offseason, and it is not known if the Cardinals' doctors were comfortable with his health. Gresham may decide to meet with other teams before making a decision.
Jul 20, 03:42 PM Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Cardinals) will visit the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, July 21.
Jul 19, 06:22 PM Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) was offered a contract by the New Orleans Saints after visiting in June. He has other visits planned over the next two weeks and is expected to decide on a team before training camp begins.
Jul 19, 11:42 AM Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham will visit the Arizona Cardinals at some point during the week of Monday, July 20, according to a source apprised of his plans. Gresham plans to meet with additional teams and to find a new home by training camp.
Jul 18, 12:32 PM Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) likely will not re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason.
Jul 17, 07:32 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown has been working out with QB Carson Palmer in order to perfect their timing and make sure they are on the same page.
Jul 16, 02:02 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) has been working out with WR John Brown in California since the end of offseason workouts and said that he not had any problems with his surgically repaired knee. QB Drew Stanton and TEs Troy Niklas and Ifeanyi Momah have also participated in some of the workouts, while Palmer said WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd could take part in some future workouts.
Jul 12, 08:33 AM The Green Bay Packers could sign a free-agent tight end before training camp opens Thursday, July 30. Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) is considered a candidate.
Jun 10, 09:53 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) missed practice due to a minor hamstring injury Wednesday, June 10, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Jun 10, 07:43 PM Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was praised by head coach Bruce Arians for his work in the receiving game. RB Andre Ellington excelled as a receiver in 2014, but his difficulties staying healthy would force Arians and the Cardinals to alter their game plan. Johnson is expected to allow for a much more seamless transition in the event of an Ellington injury.
Jun 10, 02:13 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle) rolled his ankle during practice Tuesday, June 9, and is scheduled to undergo a minor procedure Thursday, June 11. Head coach Bruce Arians said Niklas will be ready for the start of training camp.
Jun 09, 03:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown is developing a stronger chemistry with QB Carson Palmer this offseason. Palmer said he expects a big season from the second-year wide receiver.
Jun 09, 02:23 PM Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) is no longer limited following his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Palmer participated in 11-on-11 team drills Tuesday, June 9 during minicamp.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Mike Iupati, G; Corey Peters, DT; Cory Redding, DE; Sean Weatherspoon, LB; LaMarr Woodley, DE. 

Losses:
Sam Acho, LB; Antonio Cromartie, CB; Darnell Dockett, DT; Paul Fanaika, G; Ted Ginn, WR; Rob Housler, TE; Dan Williams, NT. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  24 D.J. HumphriesOL
 # 2  26 Markus GoldenLB
 # 3  22 David JohnsonRB
 # 4  17 Rodney GunterDL
 # 5  158 Shaquille RiddickDL
 # 5  159 Jamarcus NelsonWR
 # 7  39 Gerald ChristianTE

2015 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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