Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (groin, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. Floyd’s injury shouldn’t keep him from playing in a solid matchup against the Raiders in Week 7.
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm
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.
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:34pm
Without WR Andre Roberts this season, Arizona quarterbacks have completed 38 passes for 10 yards or less, and 31 have come outside the numbers, 19 in between the numbers and the hash marks, and five between the hash marks. Cardinals’ receivers are averaging 5.29 yards per catch on completions 10 yards of less.
Roberts' place in Arizona’s offense coming out 2012 was thought to be established. He had career highs in receptions (64), yards (759) and touchdowns (five). But after Bruce Arians took over in January 2013, Roberts saw his role as Arizona’s No. 2 receiver supplanted by Michael Floyd, and Roberts' numbers dropped to 43 receptions for 471 yards and two touchdowns.
He signed with Washington with the idea that he would be the Redskins’ No. 2 receiver, but after they signed DeSean Jackson, Roberts became a No. 3 again.
But as colleague John Keim, who covers the Redskins, pointed out this week, Roberts is getting targeted more this season (5.6 per game) than he did in 2013 (4.75).
The Cardinals’ overall passing offense also has declined without Roberts, but there is a caveat this season: Arizona has played three of its four games with backup quarterbacks.
The Cardinals’ completion percentage this season is 51.5 percent compared to 63.2 percent last season. Their drop percentage was better with Roberts (2.8) than without him (4.5), as was their yards per pass attempt (7.98 with vs. 6.9 without). Arizona is even averaging fewer touchdowns per game without Roberts (1.25) than with (1.5). John Brown is now the WR3 in Arizona and has got a lot of attention but it looks like the stats say the Cards miss Roberts. The difference between fantasy and reality perhaps. While Roberts is a risky fantasy play, Brown is trending upward as a possible option in deeper leagues. Brown has three TDs in just four games with backup QBs.
Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss on the team's Week 6 QB situation: I think Arizona will try to get Carson Palmer as ready as he can be and make a game-time decision. But the nature of his nerve injury is so fickle that it could flare up at any point. Backup Drew Stanton was in rough shape after the game Sunday. He wore sunglasses in the locker room and looked to have trouble putting on his tie, so the only way he can play this weekend is if he goes through the concussion protocol and is symptom-free. He threw in Wednesday’s practice even though he still hasn’t finished the protocol. My best guess is Logan Thomas will start. He is taking all the reps with the first team this week, and the game plan will be built around him. If, in fact, he does go, I don’t think Bruce Arians will open up a lot of the playbook for him. He had one really good preseason game and one really bad one. Getting a quarter and a half with the first team in live game action helped Thomas understand what Sundays in the NFL are really like, so expect a lot of short plays. Arians will tailor the playbook to what Thomas likes, knows and can do. There will be some running plays called to take advantage of Thomas’ athleticism and a few deep throws because he has a strong arm, but expect the offense to be bland and basic because it would still be the kid’s first NFL start.
Palmer and/or Stanton could still get healthy enough to play, but neither is looking good for Week 6. Thomas has a big arm, which might mean a deep ball or two to Michael Floyd, but it's hard to count on an inexperienced quarterback coming in and running the offense efficiently. The good news is that a matchup with a not-so-good Washington pass defense will make life easier.
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.
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.
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