Cardinals enter Training Camp with few concerns on offense
The Arizona Cardinals are just nine days away from the start of their 2014 training camp. While Head Coach Bruce Arians and his staff are gearing up for the evaluation process of their current roster, let’s take a look at a few key positions that should be locks for the season.
With a year already under his belt under, Carson Palmer is most certainly a lock to maintain his status, as the team’s starting quarterback. He is without question the most talented QB on the roster.
Drew Stanton is a clear lock as the number two, behind Palmer. He knows the offense well and has coach Arians full confidence.
There is little doubt that Fourth round draft pick Logan Thomas won’t be on the roster. He was drafted with intentions of developing into Arizona’s future franchise quarterback. He’ll receive a plethora of opportunities in the preseason to get some work in. Thomas would likely need to display an absolutely horrid preseason performance in order to be cut . That isn’t likely to happen.
Andre Ellington was without a doubt, the steal of last year’s draft. Taken in the 6th round, the Clemson product has fought his way into the starting line-up after an impressive rookie performance. Even behind Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington managed to post 652 rushing yards last season. Now that Mendenhall has retired and is out of the picture, Ellington is now the unquestioned starting back.
Jonathan Dwyer was brought forth in the off-season, to serve as Ellington’s backup. His close personal ties with coach Arians from his days in Pittsburgh, will definitely cement his place on the Cardinals roster.
Stefan Taylor showed flashes of brilliance in his limited carries and should be splitting playing time with Dwyer.
As long as Larry Fitzgerald remains active on the Arizona Cardinals, he’ll always be a lock as the team’s number one receiver.
Michael Floyd followed up a disappointing rookie performance in 2012, with significant improvement last season. He managed to break the 1000 yard receiving mark, after hauling in five touchdown receptions for 1,041 yards on the season. Most notably, his touchdown reception that led to an upset victory over the eventual Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, should be plenty of reason to believe he is in no danger of getting axed, let alone losing his number two position on the roster.
The rookie out of Pittsburg State, John Brown has overwhelming speed, that has the Cardinals coaching staff in disbelief. When asked about the young receiver’s speed, Carson Palmer had this to say,
“it doesn’t take John long; it takes him maybe two steps to be running 4.30. They give us a huge, dramatic change from what we were last year going into this year.”
John Brown is without doubt, a lock for the Cardinals 53 man roster.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor Stephn Baldetti @StephnBdettiSK