For what it’s worth, NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk said he thought Palmer has yet to “get over the hump” after last year’s playoff thrashing at the hands of the Carolina Panthers.
Outside of Fitzgerald (74 catches for 749 yards and five touchdowns), the Cardinals don’t have another receiver with more than 30 catches. Brown is second on the team with 380 yards and a touchdown, while Michael Floyd has 26 grabs for 379 yards and three scores.
In a statement provided to NFL.com from the Scottsdale Police Department, officers found Floyd “unconscious behind the wheel of his running vehicle at the intersection of Camelback Road and wholesale nfl jerseys and Goldwater Blvd” at 2:48 a.m. Monday morning.
Floyd was charged with two counts of DUI and one count of obstructing a roadway and failure to obey a police officer. The receiver was booked into jail and released from custody early Monday morning, police said.
While this is against his wishes, it may be in his best interest. The Cardinals’ lost 2016 season is not the end of an era. The team is still loaded with excellent players and Bruce Arians remains one of the best head coaches in football. Should they try to regain control of the NFC West in 2017, a healthy Mathieu is paramount.
It’s difficult to see the former third-round pick struggle so much with health-related issues after he turned his life and career around with the Cardinals. Now a fixture in the Phoenix community, the Cardinals wanted to ensure he would be a part of the team’s success for years to come. They need to now protect that investment.
“It’s hard to win, period, in the National Football League,” Larry Fitzgerald said. “It’s damn hard. These guys, every single week, prepare just like we prepare. You have to go out there and earn victories in the National Football League. No one is going to lay out for you. You have to be able to make it happen. Unfortunately, we haven’t done that enough this year.”
With their playoff odds severely diminished, it will be interesting to see what this team is like down the stretch. Arizona took the typical risks and calculations of a team that was a step away from the Super Bowl. Almost like the star-studded 2011 Jets coming off two straight title game appearances, they are finding out that nothing is guaranteed. While we know Arians is an excellent coach, we will find out just how good he is over these final games against the Falcons, Redskins, Dolphins, Saints, Seahawks and Rams.
After struggling throughout the preseason, rookie Brandon Williams was exposed as a coverage liability opposite Patrick Peterson in the season-opening loss to the New England Patriots.
Simon is an intriguing flyer for Arizona. Although injuries and inconsistency have limited him to just five starts in three seasons, it was less than two months ago when All-Pro Richard Sherman reiterated a prediction that Simon will ultimately be viewed as the better player “by the time it’s all said and done.”
Cooper, however, brings depth to a secondary that lost veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins to an ACL tear and fellow cover man Alan Ball to a quadriceps injury.
Rookies Brandon Williams and Cariel Brooks both struggled for stretches on Thursday against the Broncos, leaving the door open for Cooper to fight for playing time. Look for 2015 All-Pro Tyrann Mathieu to man the slot, with coach Bruce Arians saying that the uber-talented defender — returning from another ACL injury — will be “ready to roll” for Week 1.