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

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.
Jun 09, 12:43 PM Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is viewed as a similar back to RB Andre Ellington, and Johnson can do a lot of the same things on the field.
Jun 09, 10:03 AM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) was cleared for 11-on-11 work Tuesday, June 9.
Jun 08, 09:12 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) appears to be 100 percent during organized team activities (OTAs) after an injury-plagued 2014 season. He has been showing elusive quickness in practice.

Fantasy Impact: Ellington could have that breakout season this year if he is able to stay healthy.
Jun 04, 10:52 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (shoulder) said the last X-ray he received showed his fractured left scapula is 90% healed, and he remains on track to be 100% when training camp begins.
Jun 04, 01:33 AM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown changed his lifestyle during the offseason in an attempt to build up strength and stamina for the long haul. He has sworn off fast food and he added 10 pounds of muscle, mostly to his upper body, to help in press coverage.
Jun 01, 02:22 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) may be throwing more out of the no-huddle offense in 2015. The Cardinals worked on the no-huddle offense Monday, June 1, and head coach Bruce Arians said he believes they'll use that type of offense more this season. Palmer continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He has not been able to practice the no-huddle offense as he has not taken part in 11-on-11 drills yet.
Jun 01, 02:22 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (hamstring) is not participating in organized team activities with a hamstring injury.
May 22, 09:42 AM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) understands that at age 35, with two knee reconstructions under his belt, time is ticking, according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Palmer has been rehabbing diligently, exceeding expectations six months following surgery, and has a sense of urgency, Arians said.
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.

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 GoldenDL
 # 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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