Cards GM Steve Keim said running back David Johnson (wrist) was doing well but the rehab is time-consuming. “We will continue to monitor that to see if he can come back this season,” Keim said.
As for Carson Palmer, Keim said there were a lot of “moving parts” for his potential return as well. He also acknowledged Palmer’s return will be influenced at least some on how the Cards are playing.
The key to this is author Darren Urban added, "Just judging by Keim’s tone, there was less optimism for returns of those star players than I had figured previously." As we kind of expected, the return of both players could very well be determined by whether or not the Cards are in the playoff hunt. If they're not in the hunt, it really doesn't seem to make a lot of sense for either to get back into game action this season.
HC Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer believes he might be able to come back in 4-6 weeks. Have to see what doctors say. If on IR, "definitely" save a return spot.
Related players: Drew Stanton
The Cards say they are going to stick with Stanton as the starter and he'll have an extra week to get ready thanks to a bye in Week 8. It's a downgrade for the entire offense though.
Arizona has lost its veteran quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Related players: Drew Stanton
Stanton will at least start Week 9, after the Week 8 bye, but he wasn't impressive completing just 5 passes for 62 yards. It's a downgrade for the entire Cardinals offense.
Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:44pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (not injury related) missed practice Friday. Arizona plays on Monday night, so this is just a rest day for Palmer. He’s set up for a good game in a good matchup at home with no David Johnson to lean on.
Friday, September 8, 2017, 6:40pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. The Cardinals were just managing Palmer’s arm as they did in the back half of last season. Palmer posted top 10 quarterback numbers in his final nine games and has a fantastic matchup against the Lions.
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6:18pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. The Cardinals were just managing Palmer’s arm as they did in the back half of last season. Palmer posted top 10 quarterback numbers in his final nine games.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6:47pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. It looks like the Cardinals are just managing Palmer’s arm as they did in the back half of last season. Palmer posted top 10 quarterback numbers in his final nine games.
He debated the question at hand: Does his arm feel fresher heading into this season than it has before any of his 14 previous seasons?
“No ... maybe when I was younger,” Palmer said initially. “No, because when I was younger, I was just grinding.”
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Then he settled on an answer.
At 37 years old and about to begin his 15th NFL season, Palmer believes his right (throwing) arm has never felt this fresh in a Week 1 in his career, he told ESPN.
The story went on to say the rest paid off. Coach Bruce Arians’ game plan for Palmer worked, at least so far. The quarterback didn’t start throwing until two weeks into OTAs and had days off throughout training camp. The goal was to preserve Palmer’s arm during the offseason so it won’t fatigue as quickly during the regular season. He’ll also continue to have Wednesdays off, a strategy the Cardinals implemented midway through last season.
Heading into last season, Brown was one of the best up-and-coming receivers in the league. He was 25 years old and coming off of a 65-catch, 1003-yard, 7-touchdown sophomore year. Last year, he struggled with his sickle cell trait and also discovered that he had a cyst in his back. The cyst has been removed and he is reportedly feeling like his old self again. Carson Palmer has taken notice: "He doesn't look like he looked last year. He just has a different energy about him. He's heavier. He's stronger. He looks more explosive than he did last year, I think, with all the health issues he had last year.” Beat writer Josh Weinfuss said that Brown, who has added 12 pounds of muscle this offseason, looks like a “game-changing receiver.” Michael Floyd is out of the way, so outside of Fitzgerald, Brown’s main competition for targets is J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown. If John Brown is fully healthy again, and it appears that he is, he’s going to be a great value in the middle rounds.
Though it's possible for David Johnson to increase his average from 23.3 touches per game to 30, it could come at a price.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer believes in trying to get Johnson 30 touches a game, but he's also a realist.
"I think getting him 30 touches is the plan until he's sore or he loses a little bit of flexibility or whatever it may be as things pop up during the season," Palmer said. "Ideally that's great. I think that's the plan. If something changes, like it can in this game, and you have a hamstring or shoulder or the thing that comes up, the plan changes, but it's a great plan to start with."
James Wilder was the last RB to average over 30 touches per game with 30.8, the story said. Cards HC Bruce Arians said there is a difference between Johnson accomplishing the feat vs. Wilder from back in 1984 - Johnson won't run the ball 30 times. Arians was quoted as saying there's a big difference between "catching 10 passes than running the ball 30 times." Arians added that getting the ball in Johnson's hands and creating space makes a big difference, too, when it comes to wear and tear on the body.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes quarterback Carson Palmer wore out his arm during offseason workouts in 2016. This year, Palmer did a lot less — and he consequently has a lot more in the tank as preparations commence for the season to come.
“You feel like you have more zip, more velocity,” Palmer said before Saturday’s initial training-camp practice, via the Associated Press. “I feel like I can go out and throw 150 balls in practice. I don’t think I felt that way coming into camp last year.”
Fantasy owners may shy away from Palmer this year after last season and that's also reflected in our rankings where he comes in 20th. He may certainly be able to turn things around this season, and if he does, he would give owners some nice value as he'll likely be drafted as a lower end QB2.
Speaking Thursday on The Blitz with Bruce Murray and Kirk Morrison on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Cardinals running back David Johnson said his goal is to win a championship for Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer.
"I don't know as far as the team, but for me, I feel like definitely [it's a goal to win for them]," Johnson said. "Because Carson, especially Carson and Larry, those two guys have taught me so much in these last two years that helped me so much with the playbook. Learning how to run a route effectively, it's not all about speed, it's also about technique and stuff. So I really want to do it for those guys. Especially since they're such -- not just great athletes, but great people off the field. So I feel like there's a little pressure on me to do as much as I can to get that ring for those two."
Palmer and Fitzgerald have reached the year-to-year portion of their NFL tenures -- seasons 15 and 14, respectively. Palmer reiterated last month that he'll decide his future after the season. The story added a deep playoff run, or even a Super Bowl win, could have a major influence on whether the two Cardinals stalwarts decide to return in 2018. For his part, Johnson said he wants to make sure he does everything in his power to buoy the offense and give Arizona the best chance to get that ring. Johnson said he's worked on his blitz pickups this offseason, which he admitted he struggled with at times in 2016. A motivated Johnson could be a nice piece for fantasy owners this season.
Back on the field as the Cardinals begin preparing for the 2017 season, John Brown is out to prove he's the same receiver who had 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015. It hasn't taken long to convince coach Bruce Arians, who said Brown was running routes Tuesday that he never ran last year because of his health issues.
"He doesn't look like he looked last year," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "He just has a different energy about him. He's heavier. He's stronger. He looks more explosive than he did last year, I think, with all the health issues he had last year.
"He's got that smile to him. He's having fun. He's enjoying it. It's not a grind just getting through routes on air. I'm looking forward to having him back healthy and the way he is right now because he's a special player for us. Dealing with all the things he did last year was tough emotionally, obviously physically, but he just seems emotionally just in a better place."
Heading into the 2016 season, Brown was one of the best up-and-coming receivers in the league. He was 25 years old and coming off of a 65-1003-7 season. If he’s fully healthy again, he’s going to be a great value in the middle rounds. He’s currently going in the 9th round after having an ADP in the 5th round at this time last year.
Palmer finished as the #19 QB (#18 in PPG) after a #5 finish the year before. He threw nine fewer touchdowns and three additional interceptions. It appears that Palmer's best fantasy days are behind him.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
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