Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:48am
Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss: With WR John Brown, Arizona added a reliable speed option. Carson Palmer and Brown developed a great rapport while working together in Southern California this offseason and it’s just translated onto the field. While Larry Fitzgerald has shown he can make a tough catch in traffic and break free for 80 yards and Michael Floyd can go up and over anyone who challenges him, it’s Brown who can take the top off the defense. He has started showing up more and more on opposing game plans over the last few weeks, but after his game-winning touchdown catch Sunday, I’m sure he’ll be a point of emphasis going forward, which will spread secondaries thin and open up the middle and underneath for the rest of the Cardinals’ receivers.
Urban added that the worst seems to be behind Palmer, which is great news. He's worth grabbing if he ended up on your wire. At apparently less than 100 percent, Palmer threw for 250 yards and two TDs last week against the Redskins - one to Michael Floyd and the other to Larry Fitzgerald. It looks like pretty smooth sailing for the next four weeks with games against the Raiders, Eagles, Cowboys and Rams, who all rank 14th or lower in terms of giving up points to QBs.
Greg Roskopf, the founder and CEO of Muscle Activation Techniques, made "significant progress" during a weekend of treatment on Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, who has been out since Week 2 with the nerve issue.
There was enough improvement to allow 40 to 50 passes on Tuesday. Palmer had no setbacks and threw more during Cardinals practice on Wednesday. How Palmer reacts to that latest session will go a long way in determining if he returns to action when the Cardinals host the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
After a frustrating few days, his reappearance is not imminent.
Palmer missed practice on Wednesday to see another specialist for a shoulder injury which has regressed, coach Bruce Arians said. Palmer hopes to find a treatment which can effectively awaken the nerve problem which has kept him sidelined since the season opener against the Chargers on Sept. 8.
“He threw a bunch last Thursday and Friday and then regressed, so we’re hoping we can find out why,” Arians said.
“It was afterwards (when) something swelled back around that nerve, and it went back to sleep,” Arians added.
"I'm fired up to be 3-0. I'll definitely be ready against Denver," he told ESPN in a text message.
The unbeaten Arizona Cardinals have won two straight games without Carson Palmer at the wheel, but the team's starting quarterback says a mysterious nerve issue in his throwing shoulder is on the mend.
"It's better. It's much, much better," Palmer said late Tuesday, per The Arizona Republic.
Palmer told reporters that "tons of treatment" has "really helped" to awaken the dormant nerve. The veteran passer, though, acknowledged that he's still unable to throw at full velocity.
"Not yet, but I'll get there shortly," Palmer said.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 3. With Palmer out, Drew Stanton gets another start. The 49ers are pretty stingy against the pass, so don’t expect much from the Arizona passing game this week. Stanton favored Larry Fitzgerald (10) over Michael Floyd (6) in Week 2.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It looks like Drew Stanton may get the start in a tough matchup against the 49ers. Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald are not attractive options with Stanton under center.
On Sunday, Palmer said that wasn’t quite accurate because he was never close to playing in Week 2 because of the nerve issue he’s dealing with in the shoulder. Palmer said that he isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup because doctors don’t know how long it will take for the issue to resolve itself.
“They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down,” Palmer said, via the Arizona Republic. “It’s just one of those things you’ve just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There’s no, ‘it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days. You just don’t know.”
Drew Stanton would get the call if Palmer can't go in Week 3, a tough divisional matchup against the 49ers. With a bye in Week 4, it's very possible Palmer again sits in Week 3 and then comes back Week 5. Stanton didn't turn the ball over but didn't look overly impressive either, throwing for 167 yards. Stanton brings down the value a bit of WRs Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald in what was already a tough matchup against San Francisco.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 1:34pm
WR John Brown's emergence can mean wonders for the Cardinals. A receiving corps that includes Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Ted Ginn Jr. gets even more dangerous with a shifty player like Brown on the field.
One has to wonder if Brown's shiftiness will help offset any kind of snap limitations RB Andre Ellington needs as he tries to heal an injured foot. Brown is certainly a name to watch on your wire. The Cardinal staff and players have been raving about him since spring.
DOUBTFUL S James Ihedigbo (neck, knee)
PROBABLE DT Caraun Reid (shoulder)
OUT CB Chris Davis (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE S Jahleel Addae (hamstring), TE Antonio Gates (hamstring)
PROBABLE WR Keenan Allen (ribs), DE Lawrence Guy (shoulder), DT Sean Lissemore (ankle), LB Manti Te'o (foot), CB Jason Verrett (shoulder)
OUT LB Alex Okafor (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE RB Andre Ellington (foot), S Tyrann Mathieu (knee), P Dave Zastudil (left groin)
PROBABLE G Jonathan Cooper (toe), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Kevin Minter (chest), DT Frostee Rucker (back)
The two big notes are Cardinals RB Andre Ellington and Chargers TE Antonio Gates. Gates doesn't officially appear on the NFL media injury report but was listed as limited in practice on Saturday with a hamstring injury. On the San Diego Chargers injury report, he is listed as questionable. If he doesn't go, Lardarius Green would be a significant upgrade in terms of workload potential.
Ellington is a game-time call on Monday night. Reports have been all over the place about the extent of his foot injury, but he's officially listed as questionable.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:23pm
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:18am
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw 22 interceptions last season. When Bruce Arians was hired in January 2013, he talked about having six "bullets" on his play sheet, meaning he wanted to take six downfield shots every game.
As the season wore on, he didn't call as many long passes as he intended, but Palmer still led the NFL with 145 passes of 15 or more yards. He also led the league with 13 interceptions on such throws. While 13 seems like a lot -- especially when they account for 59 percent of his total picks -- they only amounted to about 9 percent of his passes of 15 yards or longer being intercepted. Still not a bad rate.
He also finished 17th in yards per attempt and 29th in touchdown-to-interception ration on deep passes.
Palmer can be a decent QB2 option in the right matchups and this week could be one of them. He's ranked 15th on our list with a pretty nice contest against the Chargers who were 23rd in allowing fantasy points to QBs last season. Palmer certainly has some playmakers to throw to in WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, so don't be surprised if he again throws a lot of 15-plus yard passes.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:34pm
Heading into his 11th NFL season, Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald brushes aside suggestions that his best days are behind him.
"I think it's funny people assume I actually listen to anything anybody says," he said. "The only thing you can control in life is your effort. I give my best effort every single day and try to improve my craft."
And he still figures prominently in the team's plans for the coming season.
"I don't think anybody's the same at 30 as you were at 20," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "You're a lot more experienced so you should be able to play faster — mentally."
When Arians took over a year ago, Arians moved Fitzgerald to the slot, putting big, young, athletic Michael Floyd at wideout.
"There comes a point in time in your career that if you want to continue to have success and get a lot of balls," Arians said, "then you've got to stretch your envelope a little bit."
Fitz is ranked 17th among our WRs and after a disappointing season in 2012, he bounced back nicely in 2013. He's not the top-five WR he once was in terms of fantasy numbers, but he can certainly be a worthy WR2 and he continues to look good with Carson Palmer at QB.
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