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

Oct 25, 12:22 PM Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell (knee) likely will be a game-time decision for Week 8, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Campbell said his knee felt good during practice and hopes to play.
Oct 25, 05:12 AM The Arizona Cardinals signed WR Solomon Patton to their practice squad on Friday, Oct. 24.
Oct 24, 05:22 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles. DE Calais Campbell (knee) is questionable, while S Rashad Johnson (knee) and DE Frostee Rucker (calf) are probable. Niklas didn't practice Friday, Oct. 24. Campbell was limited, while the other two practiced in full.
Oct 24, 05:22 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Oct 24, 05:22 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Oct 24, 01:02 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has at least one touchdown (10 total) and averages 6.7 catches for 107 yards in six career games against the Philadelphia Eagles, his Week 8 opponent. However, Fitzgerald is tempering his expectations this time around, as he knows he isn't the target magnet he once was. He's only on pace for 61 catches for 755 yards this season. Head coach Bruce Arians isn't concerned with anyone on the team building their stats, and the offense thrives on spreading the ball around. Only RB Andre Ellington (25 catches) has more than Fitzgerald on the team.
Oct 23, 11:02 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) said the partially torn tendon in his foot probably won't feel better until after the year. 'I understand it's never going to feel good,' Ellington said. 'It's probably not going to feel good until January or February or whenever the season is over with.'
Oct 23, 07:42 PM Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell (knee) and S Rashad Johnson (knee) were limited participants in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. TE Troy Niklas (ankle) did not participate in practice and DE Frostee Rucker (calf) was a full participant.
Oct 23, 07:32 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (ankle) did not practice in full Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 23, 07:32 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 23, 07:12 PM Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell (knee) returned to practice and was limited Thursday, Oct. 23. Campbell injured his right medial collateral ligament in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos.
Oct 23, 04:12 PM Arizona Cardinals S Rashad Johnson (knee) underwent an MRI exam on his patellar tendon Monday, Oct. 20, that came back negative. Head coach Bruce Arians said Johnson is dealing with some tendonitis.
Oct 22, 06:53 PM Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell (knee) and TE Troy Niklas (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. S Rashad Johnson (knee) was limited, while DE Frostee Rucker (calf) practiced in full.
Oct 22, 06:53 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 06:53 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 03:33 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) is no longer wearing a walking boot and will be limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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  4 Jalen SaundersWR
 # 4  20 Logan ThomasQB
 # 5  20 Ed StinsonDL
 # 6  25 Marion GriceRB
 Undrafted Chandler CatanzaroK
 Undrafted Solomon PattonWR

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
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