"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.
He was dressed to practice, in a jersey and shorts, with shells on but stood on the far sideline and took part in three-way catch with an assistant coach and wide receiver Michael Floyd. On one throw, he ran a little to track down a pass. Toward the end of the open part of practice he put on his helmet and stood on the sideline as special teams finished their period.
Whether he practices Saturday is yet to be seen. The rest of practice was closed to the media and Cardinals coach Bruce Arians will address the media after practice. We will continue to update you on the situation.
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.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:09am
If Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was going to overthrow receiver Michael Floyd in the end zone and have a miscommunication with Larry Fitzgerald lead to an interception returned for a touchdown, Sunday night in front of a national TV audience was the time for it.
That's what preseason is about, working out the kinks, figuring out what went wrong and why it happened. Arizona will spend the next few days breaking down the film of their 19-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, figuring out where its offense went.
"We had a number of things that were just off, from overthrows to missed opportunities," Palmer said. "Some funky things that happened on some routes, some drops. We didn't take advantage of some of the looks we had.
"We're just a little bit off and that's not what we wanted to do. That's not what we expected at all."
The first-team offense's sluggish start was unexpected considering how efficient the Cardinals have looked during the first two preseason games. Arizona had scored on its two opening drives this year, but the Cards' first drive Sunday stalled at the Bengals' 37 after three straight incomplete passes, including two straight to Floyd, the story said. Shouldn't be cause for a lot of concern, at the moment anyway, as the Cards offensive fantasy players like Floyd, Fitzgerald and RB Andre Ellington should continue to be legit starters.
The Arizona offense really is light years ahead of where it was last year. Just watch the first two preseason games. The Cardinals were as efficient as they’ve been in some time, but that wasn’t just a show for the cameras. During practice, Arizona moved the ball with ease despite a defense knowing exactly what was coming most of the time. When Carson Palmer faced the scout defense this week, he looked almost flawless, using his battery of weapons to his advantage. What stood out most, however, was that the formation issues that plagued them last year were gone. This was an offense that knew what it was doing.
This bodes well for Palmer, who was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. He said he felt much more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense down the stretch and his numbers reflect that. His receiving corps is good with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year.
On one hand, he's taking his full complement of reps with the first-team offense. On the other hand, he has some polishing to do.
"He looked like he'd been out for a bit like anybody would," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "It's going to take him a couple practices to kind of get his conditioning back and his wind back. I think the strength and cutting of his routes, that's kind of something that just takes you a couple times to get back into it."
Michael Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league.
Arizona went 7-2 over the final nine games, and the offense, a complex system that HC Bruce Arians installed after being hired in January 2013, was finally understood and, as cliché as it sounds, began clicking on all cylinders.
It's just gotten better during this season's training camp.
Quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have said it. Arians has repeated it. The Cardinals are “light years” ahead of where they were last year at this time. It's obvious in the route running, which is crisper, and the formations, which aren't discussed by receivers pre-snap.
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. He said he felt much more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense down the stretch and his numbers reflect that. His receiving corps is good with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. Still, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers. He’s a very cheap option and ideal for a QBBC.
Michael Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league. Fitzgerald could pass the baton to Floyd as early as this season.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:39am
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.
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.
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