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Cardinals doing their homework on incoming quarterbacks

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The Cardinals know that the end is near for quarterback Carson Palmer. Because, as Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim said during a recent appearance on PFT Live, Palmer is willing to mentor a young quarterback, it makes sense to bring a young quarterback into the fold which Palmer is still playing.

It therefore also makes sense for the Cardinals to be taking a close look at the incoming crop of signal callers. Which, as explained by Kent Somers of azcentral.com, they are doing. They’ll be doing it with private workouts.

“I would stray away from Pro Days if I could,” Keim said, via Somers. “They’ve become so big that you don’t have the individual attention you need. You’re wasting some time.”

The Cardinals will be investing some private time in working out Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and presumably the rest of the quarterbacks at the top of the class.

“I think there are five or six really good arms in this draft,” coach Bruce Arians said, via Somers. “Whether there are five or six quarterbacks, that’s what we have to find out. I’m feeling more and more there are a couple of sleepers who, because of their offenses, didn’t show as much as they are capable of.”

In other words, folks are trying to make sure the perceived second or third cut of quarterbacks doesn’t include another Dak Prescott. Over the past decade or so, the Cardinals have done very well when acquiring established quarterbacks in the waning years of their careers (Palmer, Kurt Warner). They’ve struggled when drafting quarterbacks (Matt Leinart, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Logan Thomas) or rolling the dice by trading for — and paying — and unproven guy (Kevin Kolb).

The stakes are high in 2017. The perennially downtrodden Cardinals have been competitive and relevant in recent years only when they’ve had Palmer and Warner. They need someone who will play as well as either guy, and stick around a lot longer.

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24 Responses to “Cardinals doing their homework on incoming quarterbacks”
  1. cardsfann1 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:08 AM

    Chad Kelly in the 7th round…

  2. cuda1234 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:43 AM

    Bruce Arians is great with qb’s, believes in 2nd chances and loves a qb with a big arm. Jay Cutler needs a 2nd chance, has a big arm and is available cheap. He’s five years younger than CP3 who as we all know he isn’t playing 16 games. Cutty to AZ for a later-career renaissance.

  3. sdchicken says: Mar 26, 2017 10:46 AM

    Kaaya round 4

  4. pastabelly says: Mar 26, 2017 10:52 AM

    Next year’s draft is a quarterback draft. Reaching for one this year makes no sense.

  5. fansince68 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:27 PM

    Jay Cutler would have to actually do something first to have a renaissance. Not a guy anyone wants…but eventually someone will need. I say draft a QB round 3-4 this year and another one early in 2018.

  6. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 26, 2017 12:43 PM

    While next year’s QB class is said to be superior to this one, there are still some potentially excellent options for the Cardinals and others, such as Deshaun Watson, Davis Webb, and Nate Peterman in particular; all talented and high-quality QB’s and leaders.

  7. President Ackbar says: Mar 26, 2017 1:12 PM

    Cool!

  8. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 26, 2017 1:23 PM

    This is what happens when you’re staring at Derek Carr late in the 1st round but you take some safety who can’t cover instead because you think Carson Palmer can win a Super Bowl.

    6-10.

  9. tootitan says: Mar 26, 2017 1:55 PM

    “it makes sense to bring a young quarterback into the fold which Palmer is still playing.”

    Palmer is playing a fold? Is that some kind of new formation we haven’t heard about?

  10. jerrytown says: Mar 26, 2017 1:59 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 26, 2017 1:23 PM
    This is what happens when you’re staring at Derek Carr late in the 1st round but you take some safety who can’t cover instead because you think Carson Palmer can win a Super Bowl.
    ———–
    Bucannon, who never played a single snap at safety because the team immediately put him into a linebacker position in which he thrived. Watch the draft this year and see how many players get called “the next Deone Bucannon.”

    You’re trying to take a shot, but you missed. Bucannon has become the model for an entirely new type of linebacker. That was an excellent pick….and we traded back and picked up an extra 3rd to draft John Brown.

  11. bighoser says: Mar 26, 2017 2:25 PM

    “osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 26, 2017 1:23 PM
    This is what happens when you’re staring at Derek Carr late in the 1st round but you take some safety who can’t cover instead because you think Carson Palmer can win a Super Bowl.
    ———–
    Bucannon, who never played a single snap at safety because the team immediately put him into a linebacker position in which he thrived. Watch the draft this year and see how many players get called “the next Deone Bucannon.”

    You’re trying to take a shot, but you missed. Bucannon has become the model for an entirely new type of linebacker. That was an excellent pick….and we traded back and picked up an extra 3rd to draft John Brown.”
    ——
    So, you’re saying a good linebacker not named Lawrence Taylor is more valuable than a franchise QB? Really?!?!??

  12. cakesw says: Mar 26, 2017 2:25 PM

    Osiris should charge the Cardinals rent for all the time they spend in his head….

  13. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 26, 2017 3:40 PM

    jerrytown says:
    Bucannon, who never played a single snap at safety because the team immediately put him into a linebacker position in which he thrived. Watch the draft this year and see how many players get called “the next Deone Bucannon.”

    You’re trying to take a shot, but you missed. Bucannon has become the model for an entirely new type of linebacker. That was an excellent pick….and we traded back and picked up an extra 3rd to draft John Brown.
    —————————————————————–
    He got moved to LB because he couldn’t cover, so now he gets run over at that position because he’s too small. “an entirely new type of linebacker” i.e. one without a position because he doesn’t do anything well enough to be a SAM, Will or Mike. At best, he’s a nickel LB in a 3-4.

    As to Brown, he’s got sickle-cell anemia and basically didn’t make a play last year. There isn’t a GM in the NFL who wouldn’t Carr over Buchanon and Brown, including yours.

    As to what’s in my head, I’m just responding to the trolling from bandwagon Cardinals fans who were delusional enough to think their team was a contender. Your window ain’t closed, it was nailed shut when you bought the place.

    6-10, at best. Have a nice season watching the Seahawks in the playoffs again.

  14. houstoncardsfan says: Mar 26, 2017 3:46 PM

    32 teams passed on Carr; so obviously not everyone could see that he would be as good as he is.
    And Bucannon is an excellent player

  15. 6250claimer says: Mar 26, 2017 3:50 PM

    Osiris is constantly trying to punk the Cards (and the Niners too for that matter, but that’s a layup these days) but comes up short about 98% of the time. He’s the typical Seahags bandwagon fan that makes their (few) real fans cringe every time he opens his mouth (or pounds on his keyboard).

    6-10? Right. Cards will take the division this year, ‘hags are the team on the decline, especially with that hideous excuse for an O-line that Petey keeps trotting out there.

  16. jerrytown says: Mar 26, 2017 3:50 PM

    Bighoser, no I didn’t even come close to saying that. Dude was trying to take a shot at Bucannon because he’s a “safety who can’t cover.” But he’s a linebacker who can cover and leads the team in tackles year in and year out. The Cards never planned to play him at safety, he played moneybacker from the first day of camp.

  17. ariani1985 says: Mar 26, 2017 3:51 PM

    Notice that little Erin Rogers wins super bowls while wilson cant complete 1 yard slant passes.

  18. tonebones says: Mar 26, 2017 3:58 PM

    jerrytown says:
    Mar 26, 2017 1:59 PM Watch the draft this year and see how many players get called “the next Deone Bucannon

    *******************************
    I watch the draft every year and I hear those guys talking about guys like Manti Te’o and Johnny Manziel. I’m not sure who they’re getting their information from, but they don’t really have a lot of credibility. They actually have no idea what they’re talking about. I’m not saying Bucannon is a good player or a bad player, but the fact that they might be saying his name on TV doesn’t mean a whole lot.

  19. jerrytown says: Mar 26, 2017 3:58 PM

    It’s also funny for a Seahawks fan to call any other fans bandwagon. Seattle has the most bandwagon fans in the league. And the Cards were a contender…they won 10 plus games in the first 3 years with Arians and made it to the NFC championship the very next year after that draft.

    Hindsight is 20/20. Would I love to have Carr on my team? Absolutely. Would I go back and pick Carr over Bucannon and Brown knowing what we know now? Sure. But Carson was also an MVP candidate in 2015, so there was a reason they went all in and drafted defense over a potential starting qb in the first round.

  20. cakesw says: Mar 26, 2017 3:59 PM

    Oh please Osiris…

    How could bandwagon fans of the Cardinals (I’m not one…Been a Cardinal fan over 40 years) be delusional ??

    Didn’t the win 34 games form 13-15 ??

    Didn’t they win the NFC West in 2015 ???

    Haven’t they won in Seattle, something that KILLS you… 3 of the last 4 years ???

  21. arzcardinals says: Mar 26, 2017 6:36 PM

    arguing over forums….grow up!

  22. ChampKind813 says: Mar 26, 2017 8:18 PM

    Whoooo there is some heat in this forum. Wow!
    Anyways, back to the article. The Cardinals better do their homework on Qbs bc Palmer is done, Period! Guy stinks like you know what. Prob be better off drafting a QB in 2018 and riding out the ints and fumbles this yr. There is hope coming. Unfortunately it’s another season away. Stay classy Arizona

  23. azjohnny says: Mar 26, 2017 8:58 PM

    only successful teams have bandwagon fans

  24. Kal Daniels, pull hitter says: Mar 27, 2017 11:21 AM

    Yeah, Palmer sure was terrible when he put up 34 in Seattle. That guy is done!

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