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

Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), DE Calais Campbell (hip), OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist), C Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) were each listed as limited participants, while OT Jared Veldheer (ankle) practiced in full.
Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), DE Calais Campbell (hip), OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist), C Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) were each listed as limited participants, while OT Jared Veldheer (ankle) practiced in full.
Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), DE Calais Campbell (hip), OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist), C Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) were each listed as limited participants, while OT Jared Veldheer (ankle) practiced in full.
Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), DE Calais Campbell (hip), OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist), C Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) were each listed as limited participants, while OT Jared Veldheer (ankle) practiced in full.
Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), DE Calais Campbell (hip), OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist), C Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) were each listed as limited participants, while OT Jared Veldheer (ankle) practiced in full.
Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), DE Calais Campbell (hip), OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist), C Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) were each listed as limited participants, while OT Jared Veldheer (ankle) practiced in full.
Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), DE Calais Campbell (hip), OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist), C Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) were each listed as limited participants, while OT Jared Veldheer (ankle) practiced in full.
Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), DE Calais Campbell (hip), OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist), C Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) were each listed as limited participants, while OT Jared Veldheer (ankle) practiced in full.
Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Dec 17, 08:13 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), DE Calais Campbell (hip), OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist), C Paul Fanaika (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) were each listed as limited participants, while OT Jared Veldheer (ankle) practiced in full.
Dec 17, 07:33 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) said this injury is different from any other he's ever had, and he said it's too soon to know if he could return to play in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks. He hasn't had any setbacks and started jogging with a brace on his right knee this week. Stanton watched practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and has thrown a ball recently. 'It's felt good,' Stanton said. 'It's one of those things you just go to kinda take time and the healing process is different for everybody.'
Dec 16, 01:03 PM Arizona Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist) was wearing a cast on his left arm Monday, Dec. 15, after being injured in Week 15. He called the injury 'somewhere in between' a sprain and a fracture, but he said the pain will be tolerable enough to keep playing. Cooper has started the last two games in place of OG Paul Fanaika (ankle), who is expected to be available in Week 16. Head coach Bruce Arians was non-committal about which guards will start against the Seattle Seahawks after the team has posted two straight games with season highs in rushing.
Dec 16, 01:03 PM Arizona Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist) was wearing a cast on his left arm Monday, Dec. 15, after being injured in Week 15. He called the injury 'somewhere in between' a sprain and a fracture, but he said the pain will be tolerable enough to keep playing. Cooper has started the last two games in place of OG Paul Fanaika (ankle), who is expected to be available in Week 16. Head coach Bruce Arians was non-committal about which guards will start against the Seattle Seahawks after the team has posted two straight games with season highs in rushing.
Dec 16, 01:03 PM Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) said he expects to play in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks, even though he doesn't expect to intercept a pass. Mathieu practiced with a case on his left thumb Monday, Dec. 15, and should be available to play this weekend.
Dec 16, 12:23 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley enters the Week 16 game against the Seattle Seahawks with 181 pass attempts without a touchdown, which is the most in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Seahawks have allowed only two passing TDs and have intercepted four passes in their last five games. Lindley has the worst completion percentage (51.4), fewest yards per attempt (4.3), least amount of touchdowns (0) and lowest total QBR (9.1) among 60 quarterbacks with a minimum of 150 passing attempts since 2012, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Dec 16, 12:03 PM Arizona Cardinals DT Ed Stinson (toe) was placed on the team's Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 16.

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
 Undrafted Zach BaumanRB
 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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