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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Palmer was highly efficient against the Bucs defense and now he has a running game to keep defenses honest. His wide receiver group is as healthy as it has been all year. He's going to be a QB1 consideration in good matchups like the one against the Rams in London this week.

Week 7: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Carson Palmer looked very sharp last week against a porous Buccaneers secondary, completing 81.8% of his passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns--good for a 139.4 passer rating. Palmer did throw one interception, but other than that, he was very impressive as he finally received some decent pass protection by an offensive line that regained left tackle D.J. Humphries. The addition of Adrian Peterson looks to have significantly lifted some pressure from Palmer and the Cardinals passing attack as well, with this being the first time all season that Palmer has attempted fewer than 30 passes, yet he still put up season highs in touchdown passes and completion percentage. Larry Fitzgerald dominated Palmer's attention here with 10 receptions on 11 targets--a whopping 50% of the entire team's target share. Fitzgerald finished with 138 yards and a touchdown, while John Broan and Troy Niklas notched the other two passing touchdowns. Fitzgerald continues to be the clear focus of this passing attack and primary fantasy option from this offense. The Rams 12th ranked passing defense did a solid job defending against a lackluster Blake Bortles last week, allowing 241 passing yards and one touchdown while snagging one interception. The Rams pass rush has been outstanding this season with 20 sacks so far (T-2nd), and they were particularly effective last week as they sacked Bortles five times while forcing two fumbles, both of which Jacksonville happened to recover. Edge rusher Connor Barwin, who had not been having the best of seasons thus far, actually had a solid game against the Jaguars with three tackles for loss as he led the team in tackles (7). The Rams secondary has allowed only one 300-yard passer in six games this season, and they really only have one glaring weak spot in the secondary--that being Trumaine Johnson, who has not had the best of seasons this year. John Brown should be lining up against Johnson, while Larry Fitgerald should draw coverage primarily from Nickell Robey-Coleman, who has been solid out of the slot this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
3 vs DAL 81 29 48 325 2 0 3 7 0 0 24.95
4 vs SF 86 33 51 357 1 1 2 1 0 0 20.95
5 at PHI 60 28 44 291 1 0 0 0 0 0 18.55
6 vs TB 65 18 22 283 3 1 5 -4 0 0 23.75
7 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 24 39 * * * 1 * * * *
7 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 25 40 * * * 2 * * * *
7 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 20 31 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Carson Palmer throws three TDs (Sun Oct 15, 11:27 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer completed 18 of his 22 passes for 283 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 38-33 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6.

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Cardinals | Carson Palmer has solid performance (Sun Oct 8, 05:06 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer went 28-for-44 for 291 yards and one touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.

Our View: Palmer was only useful for fantasy leagues because the Cardinals fell so far behind. They have no running game to speak of and will likely rely on Palmer to move the offense all year, keeping him as a starting fantasy quarterback consideration against the Bucs next week.
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Schedule

7@ Los Angeles Rams
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10vs Seattle Seahawks
11@ Houston Texans
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Tennessee Titans
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs New York Giants
17@ Seattle Seahawks