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

Jan 29, 05:52 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's new contract should be able to get worked out this offseason, according to team president Michael Bidwill. 'Larry and I have met about it, and I know he's interested in getting something resolved,' Bidwill said. 'I think we'll get this all worked out.'
Jan 25, 09:22 PM Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will not be joining the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff, a source said Sunday, Jan. 25. Head coach Bruce Arians is still expected to fill the defensive coordinator vacancy from within the organization.
Jan 22, 04:52 PM Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell (hernia) said he will have surgery early next month to repair a sports hernia. Campbell will still play in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25.
Jan 21, 12:43 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) 'should be ready to go' for the team's offseason workouts after suffering a right knee injury that caused him to miss the final three regular season games, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Jan 20, 06:23 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) is ahead of schedule and could return for organized team activities this offseason, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Jan 18, 10:22 AM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) said he feels great and that he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Palmer started jogging last week and is lifting heavy weights with his legs. Palmer is confident that he will be with the team next season.
Jan 17, 11:52 AM Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent CB Antonio Cromartie and Houston Texans impending free-agent CB Kareem Jackson could be free-agent options for the New York Jets this offseason.
Jan 17, 11:22 AM Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent CB Antonio Cromartie said he would be open to signing with the New York Jets if he hits the free-agent market this offseason.
Jan 16, 08:32 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's preliminary contract talks continue to go well, according to team president Michael Bidwell, and Bidwell said he believes Fitzgerald will be a member of the Cardinals next year.
Jan 09, 01:32 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and the team have had positive preliminary contract talks, according to sources. However, money has yet to be discussed. Fitzgerald is due an $8 million bonus if he's on the roster March 17, and his cap figure for next year is scheduled to be $23.6 million. Arizona is hoping to lower that cap number by signing Fitzgerald to a new deal worth less money. The team also hasn't ruled out the thought of trading the star receiver. Releasing Fitzgerald would save the team $9.2 million in cap space in 2015.
Jan 06, 06:53 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and the team have reportedly both made positive movement regarding Fitzgerald's contract.
Jan 05, 04:43 PM The Arizona Cardinals signed RB Zach Bauman, TE Ted Bolser, OG John Fullington, WR Travis Harvey, CB Jimmy Legree, OT Kelvin Palmer, WR Ryan Spadola, CB Ross Weaver, OT Tavon Rooks and CB Darren Woodard to Reserve/Futures deals Monday, Jan. 5.
Jan 05, 04:43 PM The Arizona Cardinals signed RB Zach Bauman, TE Ted Bolser, OG John Fullington, WR Travis Harvey, CB Jimmy Legree, OT Kelvin Palmer, WR Ryan Spadola, CB Ross Weaver, OT Tavon Rooks and CB Darren Woodard to Reserve/Futures deals Monday, Jan. 5.
Jan 05, 04:43 PM The Arizona Cardinals signed RB Zach Bauman, TE Ted Bolser, OG John Fullington, WR Travis Harvey, CB Jimmy Legree, OT Kelvin Palmer, WR Ryan Spadola, CB Ross Weaver, OT Tavon Rooks and CB Darren Woodard to Reserve/Futures deals Monday, Jan. 5.
Jan 05, 03:03 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (shoulder) will not need surgery on his fractured scapula. The team hopes he will be able to return in time for organized team activities this offseason.
Jan 04, 04:02 PM Correcting a previous post, Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (shoulder) is be sidelined for four to six months because of a fractured scapula.

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 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
18     Jan 3 4:35PM     at Carolina
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