Jul 26, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) during training camp at University of Phoenix. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
As the Arizona Cardinals are now in full swing preparation for the season at training camp in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium, we are going to take a look at the team roster from A to Z as it currently stands. Next up is quarterback Carson Palmer.
2013 season: In his first season with the Cards, Palmer started all 16 games. He finished with with 24 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and 4,274 yards passing for the season. His quarterback rating was 83.9. The interceptions were the highest of his career but many of those picks came earlier in the season. He did throw four interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks in December, however still managed to throw a huge fourth quarter touchdown pass to lead the Cards to victory.
2014 season: Palmer is the starter. There is no question about that going into this season. It is nice to finally know who the starting quarterback will be and be comfortable with that. Sure, most felt he was the starter going into camp last season but now he has a firm hold of Cards head coach Bruce Arians‘ system. He also has new weapons at all three receiving skill positions at tight end, wide receiver, and running back plus a lot of familiar faces. He will still throw his interceptions, so please don’t go off the deep end and start calling for Drew Stanton in week three. That happened last season and look where the Cards ended up. He’s not Kurt Warner and never will be. He’s also not Kevin Kolb or John Skelton. Not even close. In his 12th season now, don’t count Palmer out. He’s a fighter and had the ability to lead the Cards to great things. Now it’s just a matter if he can see that ability through to reality.