2016 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Arizona Cardinals
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
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Outlook

The Cardinals are an elite team. They do a great job on both sides of the ball and should be considered a legit contender for the Super Bowl title. Much of the season might hinge on quarterback Carson Palmer, who was fabulous during the regular season last year but faltered in the playoffs. He needs to do better in the big games for the team. If that happens, this team has a legit shot to win it all. The Cardinals are a very talented team.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back David Johnson showed his potential last year, doing a great job as the starter the second half of the season for the Cardinals. He was a fantasy force, getting the job done as a three-down back. He will be the starter from day one this year in an explosive offense. As long as he stays healthy, Johnson will be an elite fantasy back. He could even lead all backs in fantasy scoring. He has that kind of potential for the coming year.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald has to slow down sooner than later, right? We think this might finally be the season. You still have to like his red-zone potential in this offense but his reception and yardage totals could take a dip this year. He has two great receivers competing for targets with him as well. He will get his catches but serve more as a possession receiver and red-zone target for the team. Don't expect a repeat of his huge last season.

Team Notes

Jun 23, 05:53 PM Arizona Cardinals DT Corey Peters (Achilles') is slated to start at nose tackle this season if he is healthy, in the opinion of Darren Urban of azcardinals.com. Head coach Bruce Arians, though, did say Peters would be ready by training camp. DT Rodney Gunter will compete for the spot as well.
Jun 23, 05:53 PM Arizona Cardinals DT Corey Peters (Achilles') is slated to start at nose tackle this season if he is healthy, in the opinion of Darren Urban of azcardinals.com. Head coach Bruce Arians, though, did say Peters would be ready by training camp. DT Rodney Gunter will compete for the spot as well.
Jun 13, 05:03 PM Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (foot) said he is feeling great but is only 80% to 90% healthy right now. He reiterated that he should be full-go when training camp starts, adding that the surgery he underwent about two months ago was nothing serious, just cleanup.
Jun 10, 09:43 AM Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu's contract talks have been put on hold, but that doesn't mean a deal won't be reached before training camp, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. If a deal is reached, it's expected to be worth around $11 million per season, which would make him the highest-paid safety and put him among the highest-paid defensive backs.
Jun 08, 04:23 PM Arizona Cardinals TE Darren Fells has lost about 20 pounds and has had the best offseason of anyone on the team, according to QB Carson Palmer.
Jun 07, 10:13 PM Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to get a lion's share of the work, but RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington each have skillsets which could help the offense. In fact, head coach Bruce Arians hinted Tuesday, June 7, that two backs could be on the field at the same time. 'When I first came here, that's something B.A. told me he wanted to do,' Chris Johnson said. 'It started off with me getting here late (in training camp), then Andre getting hurt early and me getting hurt. It was hard to get two of us on the field at one time, but that's something we've really been working hard on.'

Fantasy Impact: There is talk of other backs being involved but David Johnson is going to get a ton of work as the lead back for the team. Don't get scared off by this talk of other backs being involved.
Jun 07, 10:13 PM Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to get a lion's share of the work, but RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington each have skillsets which could help the offense. In fact, head coach Bruce Arians hinted Tuesday, June 7, that two backs could be on the field at the same time. 'When I first came here, that's something B.A. told me he wanted to do,' Chris Johnson said. 'It started off with me getting here late (in training camp), then Andre getting hurt early and me getting hurt. It was hard to get two of us on the field at one time, but that's something we've really been working hard on.'
Jun 07, 10:13 PM Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to get a lion's share of the work, but RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington each have skillsets which could help the offense. In fact, head coach Bruce Arians hinted Tuesday, June 7, that two backs could be on the field at the same time. 'When I first came here, that's something B.A. told me he wanted to do,' Chris Johnson said. 'It started off with me getting here late (in training camp), then Andre getting hurt early and me getting hurt. It was hard to get two of us on the field at one time, but that's something we've really been working hard on.'
Jun 07, 02:23 PM Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (foot) was able to participate in some individual drills during practice Tuesday, June 7. He said he expects to be a full participant once training camp begins.
Jun 04, 03:13 PM Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) could still be re-signed by the Arizona Cardinals, according to Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.
Jun 04, 09:43 AM Arizona Cardinals DT Corey Peters (Achilles') said he is almost done with the rehab from his torn Achilles' tendon. Peters wanted to do some work during offseason workouts but wants to be playing at a high level when training camp begins.
Jun 04, 09:13 AM Free-agent LB LaMarr Woodley (Cardinals) said he would like to continue his playing career but has not heard from any teams this offseason.
Jun 01, 08:23 PM The Atlanta Falcons have decided not to sign free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) at this point, although they could revisit the idea of adding him down the road, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
May 31, 08:03 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson could claim the starting job in Arizona's backfield despite head coach Bruce Arians claiming that RB David Johnson is the bell cow back, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.
May 31, 08:03 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson could claim the starting job in Arizona's backfield despite head coach Bruce Arians claiming that RB David Johnson is the bell cow back, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.

Fantasy Impact: We doubt that happens. David Johnson is the superior talent and should get first shot to start.
May 28, 10:13 AM Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson said he believes he and RB David Johnson can be the best running back tandem in the NFL. David Johnson said Chris Johnson has helped him become a more patient running back.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Tyvon Branch, DB; Evan Mathis, G; Chandler Jones, LB. 

Losses:
Chris Clemons, DB; Rashad Johnson, FS; Ted Larsen, G; Bobby Massie, T; Bradley Sowell, T; Sean Weatherspoon, LB; Jonathan Cooper, G. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  30 Robert NkemdicheDL
 # 3  30 Brandon WilliamsDB
 # 4  30 Evan BoehmOL
 # 5  30 Marqui ChristianDB
 # 5  33 Cole TonerOL
 # 6  30 Harlan MillerDB
 Undrafted Jake CokerQB

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 8:30PM     New England
2     Sep 18 4:05PM     Tampa Bay
3     Sep 25 1:00PM     at Buffalo
4     Oct 2 4:25PM     Los Angeles
5     Oct 6 8:25PM     at San Francisco
6     Oct 17 8:30PM     New York Jets
7     Oct 23 8:30PM     Seattle
8     Oct 30 4:25PM     at Carolina
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 13 4:25PM     San Francisco
11     Nov 20 1:00PM     at Minnesota
12     Nov 27 1:00PM     at Atlanta
13     Dec 4 4:25PM     Washington
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     at Miami
15     Dec 18 4:05PM     New Orleans
16     Dec 24 4:25PM     at Seattle
17     Jan 1 4:25PM     at Los Angeles
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 14 8:15PM     Green Bay
20     Jan 22 6:40PM     at Carolina
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