The Arizona Cardinals have struggled as a team including the team’s receivers
Much has been made about the struggles of quarterback Carson Palmer over the last couple of days. He’s not getting all the blame, however as the leader of the offense, he sure has been getting a large chunk of it.
Palmer had a bad day. No, he hasn’t been the same since December. Some of the struggles he had in the playoffs were about him. There are others though.
How about the Cardinals receivers? It seems like outside of Larry Fitzgerald, they’ve disappeared. Through three games he is by far the leader in receptions with 20. The next closest? Running back David Johnson with 10.
The closest receiver to Fitz is Michael Floyd with nine receptions. He dropped a couple of passes he quite frankly should have caught on Sunday in the loss to the Buffalo Bills.
One of those drops by Floyd had him going to the ground on his back. The ball was catchable. When he hit the ground though, his head hit the turf and was checked for a concussion.
He was able to return to the game but it now seems like he shouldn’t have returned. He is now in the concussion protocol and his status for Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Rams is uncertain.
Other receiver numbers include John Brown with eight receptions, Jaron Brown with six. Only Floyd and Jaron Brown have receiver touchdowns other than Fitz. John Brown has not found the end zone yet this season.
Palmer was intercepted four times on Sunday against the Bills. All four of them came while trying to attempt a comeback from 30-16 down and seven minutes remaining in the game.
Palmer could be blamed in part or all of a couple of those picks. However it appears on at least a couple of those picks that receivers ran incorrect routes. That isn’t isolated to just the Bills game either. It appeared that happened a couple of times in the loss to the New England Patriots as well.