Palmer has a productive Cardinals debut

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It’s far too soon to know whether the Cardinals are going to be any good or not.

But they’re at least going to be interesting to watch.

Quarterback Carson Palmer showed a willingness and an ability to throw the ball downfield for new coach Bruce Arians. And their kickers missed three field goals, which brings another kind of entertainment to the mix.

Palmer was 4-of-6 for 77 yards in his limited time, including a 38-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts.

That’s a 149.3 passer rating, and 12.8 yards per attempt. That’s good.

They still have issues to iron out, as their offensive line is a work in progress. But with a competent quarterback, a major star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and a promising No. 2 in Michael Floyd, the Cardinals should be at least more competitive offensively this year.

But the Cards also continued to move the ball downfield with their backup quarterbacks on the field. No one’s showing too much in the preseason, but there’s a certain statement of personality that Arians is making.

25 responses to “Palmer has a productive Cardinals debut

  1. That’s good…until the going gets a little tough. Palmer lacks that “lead the troops” characteristic. I watched it for years in Cincy.

  2. I really want to compete in the NFC West this year. Would be awesome to turn some heads and earn some respect. I think that Arians and Keim will make it happen. If Palmer gets a lil bit of time back there and they can run the ball some they can be dangerous. Patrick Peterson is the real deal. The Honey Badger in the third round looks like will be the steal of the draft too… Big hopes right now. Big hopes…

  3. I hope that Palmer, who has played for some pretty bad teams in his career, can stay healthy behind that Swiss cheese o-line they have down there in ‘zona.

  4. The O-Line was playing with 3 new guys and 2 rookies, so I’d say they did pretty good giving Palmer time to find his WR, the run blocking needs work.


  5. why doesn’t Arians get more credit for the Colts turn around last year? He was actually the coach of that team and dealt with a tough hand to make the playoffs. I’m happy to have Reid in KC, but Ariens would’ve been my second choice.

  6. Still pathetic… really? I was hoping Carson had a good year with the angry birds but not as good as the Vikings. But since no one is posting here who the hell cares.

  7. As a Cards fan, we’re just happy to have a QB that can throw for a completion.

    Our 2nd stringer this year would have easily been our starter last year.

    I know the INT’s will come with Carson but I’m just excited at the prospect of finally being able to use Fitzgerald again.

  8. Umm against a packers defense right?? I watched that game it was all young db’s…. no pass rush. Yep packers D..was in midseason form. Signed a packers fan.

  9. “Palmer was 4-of-6 for 77 yards in his limited time, including a 38-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts.

    That’s a 149.3 passer rating, and 12.8 yards per attempt. That’s good.”
    That’s nice, but T-Jack was 8 of 9 for 128 yards and two touchdowns, including a perfect 42-yard strike to receiver Stephen Williams.

    He finished with a perfect 158.3 passer rating. That’s, um…a little better.

    And T-Jack is Seattle’s BACKUP quarterback.

    Go Hawks.

  10. I told Cards fans from Day 1: Carson Palmer is still a very good QB and they got an absolute steal in that trade for him. He was hands down the Raiders’ best player last season. General media characterizations of him have been grossly inaccurate.

  11. The Bengals are proven losers. The Raiders are proven losers. CP turned that Bengals team around in the toughest division in football and the Raiders may not win even one game without him this year.

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