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
Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said last week that he expects to have quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back with the team in 2017 and the two players fielded questions about their plans for the future after Sunday’s 48-41 loss to the Saints.
Palmer said he hasn’t given much thought to what’s beyond the 2016 season at this point, but that he expects that he will be back and wants to remain with the team. Fitzgerald, who is under contract for next year along with Palmer, also said that it hasn’t been on his mind and sounded less sure about his feelings than Palmer.
“I got two more games to go [this season],” Fitzgerald said, via the team’s website. “I will play those games as hard as I can against two division opponents and we will see what goes on this offseason. My attention is solely focused on Seattle this Saturday.”
We reported on this same story last week. The window seems to be closing a little on the Cards. Palmer's play at QB has slipped but it remains to be seen of the Cards can find an upgrade. Fitz has remained very solid - he needs two more catches for another 100-catch season. He needs 12 more to pass last year's career high of 109 receptions.
Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Palmer will be out there against the Saints. On paper it’s a good matchup, but Palmer has taken a step back this year and the Saints are actually playing better defense on the road than at home.
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Palmer will be out there against the Saints. On paper it’s a good matchup, but Palmer has taken a step back this year and the Saints are actually playing pretty good defense on the road.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:07pm
At the heart of his team, Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim thinks he has a pretty good idea he will have his top trio back next season.
Asked Monday on his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7, Keim said “I know Coach (Bruce Arians) is coming back.” He did say Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald should be asked directly, but “based on conversations I had with them in training camp, I’d be surprised if they didn’t play next year.”
Of course, that’s next year, and the subject of next year is on the table because after Sunday’s loss, this year is down to three games with the playoffs all but out of the question, the story said. The window is starting to close for the Cards and there's especially lots of question marks about Palmer at QB.
Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:41pm
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Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
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