Five Names Arizona Cardinals Fans Need to Know in 2017

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The Arizona Cardinals will need some players to step up in 2017

The 2016 NFL seasons is officially over. As the attention of the Arizona Cardinals, and its fans, turns toward the 2017 season, it’s time to look ahead to what might be in store. Free agency and the NFL Draft will both play a big part in shaping the roster for next season, but there are some players already on the roster that might have a say in the future.

The Cardinals have played a lot of veterans at key spots over the past few years. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald have led the way, but guys like Calais Campbell, AQ Shipley, and Frostee Rucker were all a big part of Arizona’s game plan.

With not only those names, but several others, entering free agency, there is expected to be a lot of turnover with the roster. The team will likely look a bit different in many of the starting spots on both sides of the ball.

There will be contributions from several new starters next season, and some of them will be players who weren’t with the team last year. However, here are five guys who were Cardinals in 2016, and who fans should familiarize themselves with in preparation for 2017.