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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 24): Palmer's vertical passing game is still dormant, but as long as David Johnson is running as well as any back in the league, things will start to open up for the passing game against a second half schedule that includes some good matchups, including Carolina this week. Palmer is still streamable and could get back to low QB1 status.

General News (Wed Oct 26): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 8: at Carolina Panthers

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Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs LA 64 23 36 288 1 1 0 0 0 1 16.4
6 vs NYJ 0 23 34 213 1 0 3 -1 0 0 12.55
7 vs SEA 95 29 49 342 0 0 1 8 0 0 16.9
8 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 26 38 * * * 1 * * * *
8 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 25 42 * * * 1 * * * *
8 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 23 35 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs SEA (29 / 49 / 342 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Against the stout Seattle defense, Palmer played a strong game, protecting the football and marching the offense up and down the field on seemingly every possession. The offense as a unit consistently failed to score once in Seattle territory, a problem in which Palmer deserves a share of the blame for, but there was plenty to spread. Questionable play calls, quality defense, protection breakdowns, and dropped passes all played their part in the offense Cardinals failing to convert long drives into scores. Palmer moved well in a pocket that was under siege all night, worked his progressions to find open receivers without forcing potential turnovers, and when necessary, threaded the ball into tight, well-covered windows. Whatever solace can be taken from an offense that scored six points in five quarters, Palmer has looked a lot more like the quarterback of 2015 since returning from his concussion two weeks ago than he had for the first four weeks of the season.

2016 Week 6 vs NYJ (23 / 34 / 213 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)

In his first game back from a concussion, Palmer played a smart, patient game. It was not a night without adversity for Palmer either, as the Cardinals patchwork offensive line gave up many pressures, hurries, and hits. Palmer was forced to make his own pocket as often as he had a clean one to step up into. Schematically, the Jets, like most of the Cardinals opponents this season, have worked to take away Palmer's ability to throw deep. Going into Monday night, no secondary had given up more big passing plays than the Jets and this was a matchup that many around the Cardinals were hoping to exploit. Instead, the Jets defense clamped down on anything over the top, with Palmer only attempting one deep ball all game, but finding short and intermediate routes to exploit. It left a lot to be desired for Palmer's box score stats, and big-picture the Cardinals must find a way to make more chunk plays through the air, but on Monday night Palmer simply took what the defense was giving him, and largely did so very well. Palmer did suffer a hamstring injury late in the game, and while that is disconcerting heading into back-to-back weeks against the Seahawks and Panthers, it is not believed to be too serious an injury.

2016 Week 4 vs LA (23 / 36 / 288 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The big news for Palmer was the possible concussion he suffered late in Sunday's game, knocking him out for the team's last two drives and seriously putting into question his ability to be ready for the Cardinals Thursday night game in San Francisco. What will get lost in the news of the injury was Palmer's performance itself, once again failing to match the heights of last year's play. The offensive issues extend well beyond Palmer himself, there seems to be a breakdown of some sort on what feels like every offensive snap, but Palmer is simply not as crisp and precise with his ball placement this year. Nearly every deep or jump ball pass this season has been underthrown. Many of the intermediate level crossing and post patterns, a staple of this offense, have been thrown just behind receivers. Again, blocking breakdowns, untimely penalties, and dropped passes have all taken turns letting down this offense, but simply put Carson Palmer has not played near the level he was expected to.

2016 Week 3 vs BUF (26 / 50 / 287 / 0 / 4 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

When an offense performs as poorly as Arizona's did on Sunday, it is natural to point the finger at the Quarterback. It is much easier to do when the final four offensive drives all end in interceptions. As much as Palmer deserves to shoulder his share of the blame, Sunday's performance comprised of failures at nearly every level. Between the bad blocking, miscommunication with receivers, and dropped passes, little was done around Palmer that helped. One problem that oddly plagued Palmer all afternoon were underthrown passes. When Palmer's accuracy wanes, it typically manifests itself into overthrows because of sloppy footwork. Today, Palmer consistently underthrew receivers. Some passes downright failed to reach their target, in other instances what should have been easily catchable balls were instead contested. The Cardinals returned an offense with every skill position player from last year's record setting team, and yet through three games do not appear to be on the same page at all. Until these miscues in communication cease, the Cardinals offensive struggles likely will continue.

2016 Week 2 vs TB (17 / 30 / 304 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Coming back from the week one hiccup, Palmer and the Cardinals offense looked much more like the one we grew accustom to in the 2015-16 season. The offense moved smoothly up and down the field, the play calling was balanced, and unlike last week, Palmer seemed much more in sync with his skill position players. Arguably, the most illustrative box-score statistic in comparing Palmer's week one and two performance was his yards per attempt. An imperfect measurement to be sure, but Palmer and the Cardinals offense rely on the deep ball and chunk-play more than most, and this week's 9.9 yards per attempt were a significant improvement over the 7.2 yards in week one. There are things that can be nitpicked; Palmer's sub-60 completion percentage or the near-interception in the end zone (albeit due to an incorrectly run route from David Johnson,) but that would be reaching for faults. On Sunday Palmer was making the right reads, throwing darts, and leading his team to a much needed, ship-righting victory on Sunday.

2016 Week 1 vs NE (24 / 37 / 271 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

In his first real game back from last season's disastrous NFC Championship game, Palmer played well, but the offense as a whole never found a rhythm. Credit must be given to the Patriots whose game plan clearly focused on taking away John Brown and the deep ball, forcing everything underneath. Palmer's 7.2 yards per attempt help illustrate this point. Beyond that however, there was no predominant issue. Pressures, drops, penalties, and miscommunications all popped up at times, but were never persistent. Expectations for the Cardinals offense are high coming off a record setting season, and this may simply be the case of playing a quality opponent, but still, something seemed discordant. There were some positives in the effort, to be sure. Palmer displayed his usual ability to spread the ball around, targeting eight different receivers, and his timing with both Fitzgerald and Floyd looked spot on for all 60 minutes. Palmer flirted with a few turnovers, but looked well in command of his accuracy and decision making, a small bit of relief for fans wondering how he would respond to the NFC Championship meltdown. Analysis tends to ask for strong statements, but Sunday night Palmer was just simply OK. That may not be enough to take the Cardinals to the heights they are striving for, but efforts like last night's won't be what costs the Cardinals games going forward this season.


Latest News

Cardinals | Carson Palmer limited (Wed Oct 26, 06:54 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Cardinals | Carson Palmer will start (Sun Oct 23, 03:03 AM) - Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (hamstring) will start in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Our View: Palmer is a low ceiling QB this week against the Seahawks. John Brown is likely out and Michael Floyd has been coming up small. David Johnson will be counted on for a lot after his massive game Monday night.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer expected to start (Fri Oct 21, 11:31 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (hamstring) is expected to start against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7, head coach Bruce Arians said Friday, Oct. 21.

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Cardinals | Carson Palmer officially questionable (Fri Oct 21, 10:19 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and is listed as questionable for Week 7.

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Cardinals | Carson Palmer shows signs of progress (Fri Oct 21, 03:33 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (hamstring) threw 'some' during the open portion of practice Friday, Oct. 21, according to The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers.

Our View: Palmer has a tough matchup against Seattle this week and it appears that he is not 100%. It's best to leave him on your bench if you can.
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