Arizona Cardinals: 2015 Training Camp QBs
By Erich Becker
What will the depth chart look like in a month for the Cardinals at QB? Is the team done with Logan Thomas? Can a rookie from a Div. II school make the roster as a third option?
It seems that most years the Arizona Cardinals get talked about more and more having to do with quarterbacks, and with good reason. In 2014 the Cardinals used four different quarterbacks over the course of the season, Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Logan Thomas and Ryan Lindley. The two things we learned were: 1) Don’t play the St. Louis Rams (losing both Palmer and Stanton to matches vs. our NFC West foes) and, 2) be sure your depth chart can support the level of play you expect from your team.
Make no mistake, Bruce Arians firmly believed that the Arizona Cardinals could win the Super Bowl with Drew Stanton at QB instead of Carson Palmer, and, maybe, just maybe, if the defense had held up, we could have lucked ourselves into a first round bye, and game-planned our way to the dance, but that didn’t happen. Stanton was lost, Thomas stepped in, Lindley stepped in, and the Arizona Cardinals stepped out of the running in the loss to the Carolina Panthers.
When training camp opens this weekend one of the storylines I’ll be looking at is, how will our depth chart shape up knowing that we have a starting QB, although ready, coming back from his second major knee surgery, a healthy, but sometimes inaccurate backup, an unproven second-year guy, an undrafted rookie from a small school and a journeyman backup who’s on his third team in a year?
Let’s step in.
Carson Palmer is the clear number one going into camp, he appears to be fully healed from his ACL surgery and has taken part in full drills in the offseason program and has even organized a mini-camp at his home in southern California, once again securing John Brown to live with him and improve their communication and sync on the field.
Palmer started only six games last season, with the Cardinals winning all six
Palmer started only six games last season, with the Cardinals winning all six. He threw for 1626 yards at a completion percentage of 62.6% (141 out of 224), while not a full season, this was his fourth highest completion percentage over the course of his career. Palmer had two 300+ yard games, 11 touchdowns and three picks in six games. That ratio of TD:Interceptions is his career best, again, based only on six games.