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 30, 06:02 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.
Oct 30, 05:42 PM Arizona Cardinals S Tony Jefferson (head) and TE Troy Niklas (ankle) were limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 30. DE Calais Campbell (knee), LB Kenny Demens (knee), S Rashad Johnson (knee) and CB Patrick Peterson (concussion) practiced in full.
Oct 30, 05:42 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.
Oct 29, 07:33 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Oct 29, 07:33 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29, and he has been ruled out for Week 9.
Oct 29, 07:33 PM Arizona Cardinals FS Tony Jefferson (head) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. LB Kenny Demens (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle) and CB Patrick Peterson (concussion) were listed as limited participants, while DE Calais Campbell (knee) and FS Rashad Johnson (knee) were full participants.
Oct 29, 07:33 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Oct 28, 09:33 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd currently ranks fourth on the team with 18 targets this season.

Fantasy Impact: It is really baffling he isn't getting more chances. Floyd has the potential to be a big-time star in this league.
Oct 28, 01:33 PM The Arizona Cardinals released CB Anthony Gaitor from the team's practice squad, Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Oct 27, 04:03 PM Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (concussion) and FS Tony Jefferson (concussion) are going through the concussion protocol, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Oct 27, 03:53 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor (calf) could miss a significant amount of time because of a calf injury he suffered in Week 8, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Oct 26, 08:52 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown hauled in five receptions for 119 yards with a 75-yard touchdown in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Brown has a real chance to be a big-time player in this offense for years to come.
Oct 26, 08:52 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd was targeted four times in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he did not have any receptions or touches.

Fantasy Impact: Floyd is having an uneven season but is always capable of the big game.
Oct 26, 08:52 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington carried 23 times for 71 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he added three receptions for 14 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Ellington continues to be a highly productive starter for the Cardinals.
Oct 26, 08:52 PM Arizona Cardinals PK Chandler Catanzaro set an NFL rookie record by beginning his career with 16 consecutive field goals, knocking through his only attempt in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also had three extra points.
Oct 26, 07:13 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor (calf) left the Week 8 game against the Philadelphia Eagles due to a calf injury. His return is questionable.

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 Zach BaumanRB
 Undrafted Solomon PattonWR
 Undrafted Chandler CatanzaroK

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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