Last season, the Cardinals had one quarterback, Carson ... - [Full Article]

Last season, the Cardinals had one quarterback, Carson Palmer, start all 16 games. This year, Palmer is again the guy and Drew Stanton is the backup.

Saturday, Palmer completed all five pass attempts. Stanton was 11 for 17, and rookie Logan Thomas was 11 for 12. Palmer has said how much he enjoys this locker room because it lacks drama. That's especially true of the quarterback position.

Think back to recent Cardinals locker rooms. Uncertainty at the position found players quietly picking sides. And a coaching staff's inability to help a quarterback's development left some players second-guessing leadership.

Remember the preseason of 2010, when then coach Ken Whisenhunt released Matt Leinart eight days before the first game? That left Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall to combine for a 5-11 record.

How about 2012? Whisenhunt opened up the competition, and Skelton won the job over Kevin Kolb. Skelton got hurt and Kolb took over. Kolb played well but was injured, and Skelton was back leading the charge.

Fantasy Impact: 

The Cards have some stability at QB, but if Palmer would miss time, the talent around him, like WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, would take at least a bit of a hit in fantasy value. For now with Palmer, these are pretty good WRs to target in your second tier after the studs are drafted.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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