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

Apr 19, 10:02 AM Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) could be limited during offseason workouts since he is recovering from a knee injury, but he should be able to do some things during the workouts.
Apr 17, 10:22 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (shoulder) has been rehabbing his injured shoulder and said he hopes to be back up to speed for OTAs.
Apr 06, 10:42 PM Arizona Cardinals OG Ted Larsen might be a candidate for the starting center job after he did a solid job subbing for the injured C Lyle Sendlein during the preseason in 2014.
Apr 06, 10:42 PM Arizona Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper is not likely to be candidate for the center position, according to beat writer Darren Urban. He is expected to battle for the starting right guard spot, shifting over from left guard after the signing of OG Mike Iupati.
Apr 06, 10:42 PM Arizona Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley was signed during the offseason to compete for the vacant starting center job. He is likely to have to battle OG Ted Larsen for the gig. Free-agent C Lyle Sendlein also could be brought back.
Apr 04, 09:52 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's injuries last season forced the running game to be adjusted to the strengths of several different players, and head coach Bruce Arians believes stability at the position will improve the Arizona's rushing results.
Mar 31, 03:43 PM Free-agent QB Chandler Harnish (Vikings) signed an undisclosed deal with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, March 31.
Mar 27, 07:52 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington's role in the passing game may increase, too. Ellington was often limited in practices during the week last year because of his foot injury.
Mar 26, 10:12 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer were finally on the same page last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Mar 26, 10:12 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer were finally on the same page last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Mar 25, 03:13 PM Free-agent TE Ifeanyi Momah (Lions) signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday, March 25. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Mar 24, 12:02 AM Arizona Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper will move to right guard following the addition of OG Mike Iupati in free agency. 'It's not a reflection on Coop. I'm as high on Coop as ever,' general manager Steve Keim said Monday, March 23.
Mar 16, 09:23 PM Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington dealt with several injuries last season, and general manager Steve Keim said that the Cardinals 'definitely need to shore up' the running back position.
Mar 16, 01:53 PM Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald was a trade target for the Cleveland Browns before he restructured his contract and stayed with the Cardinals, according to a source. The Browns were one of several teams to inquire about Fitzgerald's availability.
Mar 15, 02:33 AM Free-agent RB Jonathan Dwyer (Cardinals) is free to sign with any team, but the NFL has indicated Dwyer's discipline is 'pending' following Dwyer's guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge.
Mar 13, 12:23 PM Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has had his contract restructured, giving the Cardinals an extra $7.1 million in salary cap space.

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
 # 6  26 Tavon RooksOL
 # 7  2 Ted BolserTE
 Undrafted Chandler CatanzaroK
 Undrafted Zach BaumanRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 14 10:20PM     San Diego
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at New York Giants
3     Sep 27 4:05PM     San Francisco
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 11 4:05PM     at Denver
6     Oct 18 4:25PM     Washington
7     Oct 25 4:25PM     at Oakland
8     Nov 1 4:05PM     Philadelphia
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     at Dallas
10     Nov 15 4:25PM     St Louis
11     Nov 22 4:25PM     Detroit
12     Nov 29 4:05PM     at Seattle
13     Dec 6 4:05PM     at Atlanta
14     Dec 13 4:05PM     Kansas City
15     Dec 17 8:25PM     at St Louis
16     Dec 27 8:30PM     Seattle
17     Jan 3 4:25PM     at San Francisco
18     Jan 9 4:35PM     at Carolina
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