NFL Network’s Nate Burleson talked this past week about how he’s excited for the Arizona Cardinals big three to produce this season
The other day, we published a piece about how Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and running back David Johnson were viable MVP candidates for the upcoming 2017 season. Add NFL Network’s Good Morning Football into that mix.
Analyst and former NFL receiver Nate Burleson had high praise for not only Palmer and Johnson but also Larry Fitzgerald as well. As I’ve stated a number of times, Palmer’s 26 touchdowns last season should be considered a great accomplishment. Burleson felt the same.
He calls the trio of stars the “House of Cards”. They should be. They are the three that are going to lead this team back to playoffs in 2017.
Of course there are others but you should look no further than these three to bring the Cardinals back to their winning ways. In addition to the MVP candidates, Fitz, the future Hall of Famer, lead the NFL in receptions last season, his 13th.
Age should not be a consideration here. Yes, neither Palmer nor Fitz can move like they did earlier in their career’s but they still get the job done.
Can you imagine Palmer at age 23 last season? Those 26 touchdowns would like be between 35-40 running for his life behind a mostly makeshift offensive line.
This season the offensive line should be more stable. Jared Veldheer, who looks to move from left to right tackle and D.J. Humphries to left tackle, and Mike Iupati hopefully getting over health issues and being more consistent, should allow Palmer time to throw a lot.
There are no guarantees but Burleson has played the game. He knows a good trio of offensive skill players when he sees them.
Johnson will get the bulk of the action on offense but teams knew that last season as well and was almost unstoppable. As long as Fitz, Palmer, and DJ can stay healthy, there is no reason why the Cardinals can’t bring Burleson’s words to life in 2017.