2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Arizona Cardinals
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Cardinals were a big disappointment last year but terrible quarterback play didn't help matters. Things should be better for this team because they finally have a stable quarterback in Carson Palmer. This should help the entire offense perform much more consistently after a terrible season on that side of the ball. The defense is pretty good, though, and can provide a lift for the entire team. Arizona should be better this year but play in a very good division and will have a hard time improving a whole lot on last season. They seem setup for a season with a record for 7-9 or 8-8 but things should be better.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Michael Floyd, WR. Floyd didn't have quite the rookie season as expected but started to make more plays late in the year. He had his best game of the season his last game, catching eight passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. He'll have a chance to start from day one this year and play in a passing game that should be much better. The Cardinals should be able to throw the ball better with Carson Palmer at the helm, leading to better numbers for all involved in the passing game. And a new coaching staff should be a plus for Floyd as well, helping him learn the ropes on how to succeed in the NFL. Floyd is worth a late-round look come draft day. He is setup to take his game to a new level.

FANTASY DUD

Andre Robert, WR. If Floyd gets more playing time, which seems likely, Roberts should see a decrease in targets. He hasn't been bad in a starting role but far from exciting. He is more of a No. 3 receiver than a starter, a role he is likely to end up serving this season. The Cardinals want Floyd to emerge as that starter opposite Larry Fitzgerald, leaving Roberts as the odd man out. Roberts is unlikely to match last year's production, so plan accordingly.

Team Notes

Apr 16, 12:53 PM The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to meet with free-agent WR LaRon Byrd (Cardinals) Thursday, April 17.
Apr 16, 12:43 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he would understand if the team selects a quarterback during the 2014 NFL Draft, because he knows the team has to think about its future. 'If you are in a position to draft the best player on your board, and that's the best position to be in as an organization, and (a quarterback) is the best player on the board, you are not only making your team better by creating competition but you are helping out the future,' Palmer said.
Apr 14, 11:52 PM Free-agent WR LaRon Byrd (Cardinals) will work out for the New York Giants Tuesday, April 15.
Apr 12, 12:02 AM Arizona Cardinals OTs Bobby Massie, Nate Potter and Bradley Sowell are expected to compete for the starting right tackle job during training camp.
Apr 11, 09:02 PM The Washington Redskins have not shown any interest in free-agent OT Eric Winston (Cardinals) this offseason.
Apr 07, 02:32 PM The Arizona Cardinals have offered free-agent SS Yeremiah Bell (Cardinals) a one-year contract, but Bell is expected to retire this offseason.
Apr 05, 11:42 PM According to sources, the Arizona Cardinals' interest in re-signing OT Eric Winston cooled once free agency began. They have been reports the team is wary of bringing him back because of durability issues.
Apr 02, 11:13 PM The Arizona Cardinals will move LB Lorenzo Alexander to inside linebacker to compete with LB Kevin Minter, while also providing depth at the inside position.
Mar 31, 11:25 AM Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians expanded on how the team plans to use RB Andre Ellington this year at the owners meetings this week. He is still not a guy who you will pound up the middle 30 times a game and survive, Arians said. He can run the football 30 times a game if you do it correctly, but you'd rather have him have 10 catches and 20 carries and let Stepfan Taylor or (Jonathan) Dwyer have the rest of the carries pound the rest of the ball up in there.

Fantasy Impact: Either way, Ellington is going to get a lot of work and bring nice fantasy value this coming season.
Mar 27, 11:52 PM Free-agent OT Eric Winston (Cardinals) said he has received interest from some teams but is being patient. 'I know that at some point there's going to be a team that's going to need a tackle and at that time I'll be available to play and ready to go,' Winston said.
Mar 25, 09:33 PM The Arizona Cardinals plan to discuss a contract extension for CB Patrick Peterson this offseason, but they are under no time constraints in reaching an agreement. The team plans to exercise an option before then to keep Peterson under contract through 2015. The deadline for using that option is May 3.
Mar 24, 04:33 PM Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington pleaded guilty to aggravated assault charge stemming from a domestic violence incident last year. Washington is facing up to two years in prison.

Fantasy Impact: Needless to say, Washington is in a bit of trouble. Stay tuned.
Mar 23, 02:02 AM The Arizona Cardinals will look to add depth and size on defense in the upcoming draft. More specifically, the team is searching for a prospect to groom as DL Darnell Dockett's replacement, a taller, more athletic safety capable of matching with tight ends and another body at inside linebacker.
Mar 20, 08:02 PM Updating a previous report, the Arizona Cardinals signed CB Antonio Cromartie to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million. Cromartie can earn another $500,000 if he is able to play in every game in 2014.
Mar 20, 06:02 PM The Arizona Cardinals could use CB Antonio Cromartie, who is expected to line up opposite CB Patrick Peterson, to cover opposing tight ends next year. Opposing tight ends accounted for 17 of the 29 touchdowns that Cardinals' opponents scored in 2013. Cromartie, however, lined up in the slot in 16 of 127 career games. CB Jerraud Powers could fill in at nickel and slot until CB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) returns.
Mar 20, 01:02 PM The Arizona Cardinals signed CB Antonio Cromartie (Jets) Thursday, March 20, to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
QB Carson Palmer, QB Drew Stanton, RB Rashard Mendenhall, WR Jarett Dillard, DL Frostee Rucker, DL Matt Shaughnessy, LB Lorenzo Alexander, LB Jasper Brinkley, LB Karlos Dansby, CB Antoine Cason, CB Bryan McCann, CB Jerraud Powers, SS Yeremiah Bell, SS Curt 

Losses:
QB Brian Hoyer, QB Kevin Kolb, QB John Skelton, RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB Beanie Wells, WR Early Doucet, OT Adam Snyder, LB Stewart Bradley, LB Quentin Groves, CB William Gay, CB Greg Toler, SS Adrian Wilson, FS Kerry Rhodes. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  7 Jonathan CooperOL
 # 2  13 Kevin MinterLB
 # 3  7 Tyrann MathieuDB
 # 4  6 Alex OkaforLB
 # 4  19 Earl WatfordOL
 # 5  7 Stepfan TaylorRB
 # 6  6 Ryan SwopeWR
 # 6  19 Andre EllingtonRB
 Undrafted Tony JeffersonDB
 Undrafted Jaron BrownWR

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 4:25PM     at St Louis
2     Sep 14 4:05PM     Detroit
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at New Orleans
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
5     Oct 5 4:05PM     Carolina
6     Oct 12 4:25PM     at San Francisco
7     Oct 16 8:25PM     Seattle
8     Oct 26 4:25PM     Atlanta
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 9 4:25PM     Houston
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
12     Nov 23 4:05PM     Indianapolis
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Philadelphia
14     Dec 7 4:25PM     St Louis
15     Dec 14 4:25PM     at Tennessee
16     Dec 21 4:05PM     at Seattle
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     San Francisco
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