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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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General News (Wed Dec 6): will be the team's starting quarterback in 2018 if he decides to play, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Week 14: vs Tennessee Titans

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FBG says: Good matchup. Blaine Gabbert had a rough outing last week as he is absolutely trending in the wrong direction under center for the Cardinals. He started out with three touchdowns, 257 yards, and a 64.7% completion rate in a nice matchup against the Texans Week 11. Since then, Gabbert's yardage, completion rate, and touchdowns have all progressively decreased. One thing that has maintained steady though has been Gabbert's turnovers, as he has coughed it up two times in each of his three starts. Larry Fitzgerald continues to get it done though, as he finished last week with his fourth game of the season with 10 or more receptions and his fifth touchdown of the year. Ricky Seals-Jones had another decent outing last week despite only two receptions as he finished with 44 receiving yards from five targets. The rest of these Cardinals receiving options simply can't be trusted, with Seals-Jones as a fringe option only. The Titans looked better in Week 12 but went back to their old ways last week as they let Tom Savage pass for 365 yards and a touchdown. The Titans rank in the bottom third against the pass using DVOA despite allowing just 6.7 passing yards per attempt (T-7th fewest). From a scoring perspective, they have given up 22 passing touchdowns on the season, including allowing four passing touchdowns in three games. Injuries will be something to watch here for the Titans, as their top cornerback Logan Ryan suffered a concussion last week and will be racing the protocol to start this weekend. If Ryan plays, he is who Larry Fitzgerald should see most of between the slot and outside. However, if Ryan is out, the Titans will be forced to rotate in Brice McCain, who has definitely been their worst cornerback this season.

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 7 vs LAR (10 / 18 / 122 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Carson Palmer broke his left arm late in the second quarter after being hit by Alec Ogletree, blitzing up the middle from his linebacker spot. Palmer is almost certainly out for the season, and retirement questions will undoubtedly swirl once again. Before the injury, Palmer was spotty once again, looking crisp on the opening drive but struggling from that point on. If this is the end for Palmer it is a sad one, leaving with a thud despite being one of the franchise's most prolific passers.

2017 Week 6 vs TB (18 / 22 / 283 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / -4 / 0 rush)

The debut of Adrian Peterson will rightly dominate the storylines regarding Sunday's game, but the performance of Carson Palmer was just as worthy. Boosted by not only a strong run game but also the improved protection from an upgraded offensive line, Palmer literally could not miss, starting the game an incredible 14/14. Palmer was laser-sharp at all levels of the field, but did the bulk of his damage at the intermediate level, in-between the numbers. This has become Palmer's strength, and his ability to drive the ball outside the numbers remains in question, but Sunday clearly showed Palmer has plenty of gas left in the tank. He needs the support of a strong cast around him, but the team's early season struggles were always much greater than the Quarterback play.

2017 Week 5 vs PHI (28 / 44 / 291 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Palmer's box score shows a Quarterback playing within a terrible offense and mostly a victim of his circumstances. There is a large degree of truth to that, but it fails to paint the full picture. Three of Palmer's incompletions should have been easy interceptions. Two of those three should have been returned for uncontested touchdowns. Each of those throws had additional circumstances that could distribute blame to other areas of the offense. They were also truly awful throws, brought on mostly by desperation. This is what makes evaluating Palmer's 2017 season so difficult. There clearly are throws, specifically those outside the numbers, that Palmer cannot seem to hit with any consistency and zip this season. But his head coach and play-caller has made no adjustments to this, his skill position players are rarely able to get open, and his offensive line is so porous that no Quarterback has been hit as often as Palmer. Where Palmer's blame ends and that of those around him begins is the biggest question mark of the season, but regardless of distribution, this is a very bad offense with little chance at improvement.

2017 Week 4 vs SF (33 / 51 / 357 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

All season long evaluating Palmer has been a difficult task. His struggles and successes have been obvious at times, but there is also the context of playing behind arguably the worst offensive line in the league with mediocre at best skill position players. The same was true again on Sunday, with Palmer at times looking great, others making baffling turnover-worthy throws, and more often than not having next to no time to even throw. But if the judgment comes down to what you do when it matters most, Palmer's overtime two-minute touchdown drive puts him firmly positive. Palmer's last drive was quick and methodical, smartly understanding the situation as well as what the defense was offering, moving the team downfield 8-10 yards at a time. When opportunities for bigger chunks came, he took them, and capped it off with a gorgeous throw to Fitzgerald in between three defenders.

2017 Week 3 vs DAL (29 / 48 / 325 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)

Palmer had his finest game of the early 2017 season against Dallas. He was sharp with his ball placement as he completed every attempt in the first quarter but one late in the frame. The early-game theme was Arizona's offensive line protected Palmer well, but struggled to open running lanes. In the second half, the theme shifted as Dallas routinely pressured Palmer into throwaways or sacks on key plays. Palmer and Arizona dominated much of the first half, yet hit halftime tied. Palmer's two best throws of the game came on deep targets to Larry Fitzgerald. The second, a corner route in the end zone, tied the game late in the third quarter. More third down pressure in the second half led to Arizona trailing by 11 points with five minutes to play. Palmer had multiple throws into the end zone to extend the game and proceed to an onside kick, but Dallas' defense held once again.

2017 Week 2 vs IND (19 / 36 / 332 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)

It is hard to find many positives in Palmer's performances through the season's first two weeks. Palmer's best football on Sunday was in the 4th quarter, with his team needing two scoring drives for a comeback. Beyond that anecdote, it was another subpar day for the signal-caller. The team failures that doomed the offense week one, from dropped balls to bad protection, were all evident again on Sunday, but so were Palmer's inadequacies. Struggles with out-routes, red-zone turnovers, and an increase in turnover-worthy throws has Palmer's 2017 off to a very similar start as 2016. He was able to right the ship about halfway through the season, but without the dynamic David Johnson, there is nobody capable of covering Palmer's current flaws. If he cannot address them far sooner than the midpoint of the season, this team will not have a chance to get off the ground.

2017 Week 1 vs DET (27 / 48 / 269 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

After an offseason built around staying fresh, Palmer simply looked out of sync Sunday afternoon. Whether it was the frequently underthrown digs and outs, or the overthrows into the middle of the field that resulted in interceptions, Palmer simply could not connect. While Palmer deserves-and shouldered- a lion's share of the blame for Sunday's offensive futility, he was far from the only one to struggle. The offensive line's inability to keep an average at best pass rush at bay undoubtedly contributed to Palmer's rushed execution. Whether this was a singular sluggish effort or a harbinger of season-long offensive struggles remains to be seen, but the fact that offseason causes of concern have already materialized in week one is not a good sign.


Latest News

Cardinals | Carson Palmer would start in 2018 (Wed Dec 6, 12:11 AM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (arm) will be the team's starting quarterback in 2018 if he decides to play, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Our View: The Cardinals could get a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL draft but they might be targeting offensive line help rather than a rookie quarterback. Palmer's days in the NFL are almost over, so the Cardinals should have a post-Palmer plan in place.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer prepping to return (Sat Dec 2, 09:52 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (arm) is not sure if he will return this season, but he said he continues to prepare as if he will be back. 'We've got another three weeks before I think I can practice, but I feel great,' Palmer said Friday, Dec. 1.

Our View: The Cardinals are likely out of the playoff picture, but if they win against the Rams this week, next week brings a winnable game against the Titans, and they could still be mathematically alive going into the final weeks of the season.
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