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QB Carson Palmer - Arizona Cardinals

6-5, 230Born: 12-27-1979College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) will wear a knee brace this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Palmer is not a scrambling quarterback, so we don't think this brace will impact his game that much.


Carson Palmer, the first overall pick by the Bengals in the 2003 draft, was a stellar fantasy quarterback early in his career; but the last time he finished in the top ten at his position was 2007. He's entering his third year with the Cardinals. Palmer has been limited in offseason workouts after tearing his ACL last November. It's his second ACL tear, but Palmer is a fast healer. After tearing his ACL with the Bengals in 2005, he was the week-one starter nine months later; and even at 35 years of age, is reportedly ahead of schedule in rehabilitating his 2014 ACL tear as well. He expects to be a full participant in training camp, and is a solid bet to be the team's opening-day starter. His best fantasy days are behind him, however, and he should not be looked at as a fantasy starter. (May 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 20, 12, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 21, 21, 21, 22, 22, 24, 24, 26, 27
QB Dynasty - 29, 25, 30, 31, 34

Stats and Projections

2012 OAK 15 345 565 4018 22 14 18 36 1
2013 ARI 16 362 572 4274 24 22 27 3 0 3
2014 ARI 6 141 224 1626 11 3 8 25 0 1
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 322 519 * * * 23 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 333 535 * * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 363 600 * * * 20 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 324 533 * * * 39 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 159
QB: 20

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Latest News

Cardinals | Carson Palmer sees ticking clock (Fri May 22, 09:34 AM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) understands that at age 35, with two knee reconstructions under his belt, time is ticking, according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Palmer has been rehabbing diligently, exceeding expectations six months following surgery, and has a sense of urgency, Arians said.

Our View: We're not saying Palmer's biological clock is huge, but Terrance Knighton is hanging off the minute hand. This season could be the best shot the Cardinals have with Palmer to make a deep postseason run. He's under contract through the 2018 season.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer held out of drills (Tue May 19, 06:50 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) was held out of 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, May 19, during organized team activities. Palmer did, however, participate in 7-on-7 drills.

Our View: The Cardinals need Palmer to stay healthy if they want to make a deep postseason run in 2015. He's going to wear a brace this year in order to help stabilize his knee, and we don't think that will slow him down. Palmer called himself "rusty" after 7-on-7 drills, but he should be able to quickly shake off that rust as he continues to recover.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer will wear brace (Tue May 19, 03:46 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) will wear a knee brace this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Our View: Palmer has never been a running quarterback, so we don't think the brace will impact his game much. He's been limited this offseason, but Palmer should be ready to roll once training camp gets here.
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2015 Schedule

1vs New Orleans Saints
2@ Chicago Bears
3vs San Francisco 49ers
4vs St. Louis Rams
5@ Detroit Lions
6@ Pittsburgh Steelers
7vs Baltimore Ravens
8@ Cleveland Browns
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Seattle Seahawks
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ St. Louis Rams
14vs Minnesota Vikings
15@ Philadelphia Eagles
16vs Green Bay Packers
17vs Seattle Seahawks