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

Aug 27, 03:53 PM The Arizona Cardinals cut DE Ryan McBean Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Aug 27, 03:43 PM Arizona Cardinals DT Tommy Kelly agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday, Aug. 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Aug 27, 06:33 AM Free-agent PK Jay Feely, who was released by the Arizona Cardinals this week, will work out with the Tennessee Titans.
Aug 26, 06:23 PM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown may be used on 60 percent of the team's offensive snaps, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Brown has looked impressive all offseason and could very well end up being the team's third best wideout behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Fantasy Impact: Brown could have some big games but likely will be inconsistent for fantasy teams.
Aug 25, 06:23 PM Arizona Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper (toe) said he wants to play in the final preseason game so he can get ready for the start of the regular season.
Aug 25, 04:23 PM Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) will need to play in the final preseason game if he wants the chance to play Week 1. Mathieu said he believes there is a good chance that he will be able to play in the preseason game.
Aug 25, 03:22 PM Arizona Cardinals LB Kevin Minter (pectoral) will return to practice Monday, Aug. 25, while OG Jonathan Cooper (toe) will be limited.
Aug 25, 01:23 PM The Arizona Cardinals have released LB Keenan Clayton, LB JoJo Dickson, C Tommie Draheim, WR Reggie Dunn, PK Jay Feely, LB Derrell Johnson, SS Orhian Johnson, QB Ryan Lindley, WR Kevin Ozier, DT Justin Renfrow, CB Brandon Sermons, OT Max Starks and RB Damien Thigpen.
Aug 24, 05:32 AM Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown has earned praise from coaches and players alike for his play in the preseason. He has had success working in a number of different packages and should be heavily involved in the offense this season.
Aug 22, 02:12 PM Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals DT Ryan McBean agreed to a one-year $730,000 contract. The deal will count for $570,000 against the salary cap.
Aug 21, 09:32 PM Arizona Cardinals OT Max Starks (ankle), LB Kevin Minter (pectoral) and OG Jonathan Cooper (toe) did not practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Aug 21, 05:12 PM Arizona Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett (knee) was placed on Reserve/Injured Thursday, Aug. 21.
Aug 20, 05:53 PM The Arizona Cardinals signed DT Ryan McBean (Ravens) Wednesday, Aug. 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Aug 20, 05:13 PM The Arizona Cardinals signed DT Isaac Sopoaga (Patriots) Wednesday, Aug. 20, per a league source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Aug 19, 09:13 PM Arizona Cardinals DE Frostee Rucker will have the first shot at replacing DT Darnell Dockett (knee), and he will start in Dockett's position at practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. DE Ed Stinson and DE Kareem Martin would likely be next in line for the role if Rucker struggles.
Aug 18, 11:33 PM Arizona Cardinals CB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) will come off the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 19, and there is optimism that he will be ready for the team's season opener.

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  20 Walt PowellWR
 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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