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Carson Palmer | Quarterback | #3

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
College: USC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (1) / CIN
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Carson Palmer completed 18-of-31 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns in Arizona's Week 2 game against the Bucs.
Palmer was allowed to don a baseball cap with the Cardinals winning 40-7 midway through the fourth quarter. It was a get-right effort for Palmer after Week 1's out-of-sync performance. He found Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Jaron Brown for scores, and generally did whatever he wanted against a lethargic Bucs defense. Palmer will be a high-end QB1 against the Bills' shreddable defense in Week 3. Sep 18 - 6:55 PM

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Carson Palmer racked up 271 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-37 passing and rushed twice for one yard Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to the Patriots.

While his numbers look good on paper, it wasn’t a very convincing performance. Palmer only connected on one deep ball (a 39-yard dart to Michael Floyd in the opening quarter) and didn’t throw with his usual vigor. He lost 19 yards on three sacks and committed a careless fumble, though it didn’t result in a turnover. At least he showed chemistry with Larry Fitzgerald, hooking up with the veteran eight times for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Palmer has plenty of weapons around him and is coming off his best season, but something about him looks off. He’ll be a back-end QB1 against the Buccaneers in Week 2.
Sep 12 - 12:56 AM

Carson Palmer insists he's moved on from his rocky finish to the 2015 season.

"You start working on what you need to improve on and preparing for what’s ahead, not what’s behind," Palmer said. "There’s no other choice." Palmer gave the ball to the Panthers six times in the NFC Championship Game, and was mediocre for the season's final month-plus as he battled a finger injury. Including this preseason, Palmer has 13 turnovers over his past seven appearances. This is Palmer's age-36 campaign.
Sep 6 - 7:24 PM

Carson Palmer completed 5-of-9 passes for 64 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in Arizona's third preseason game.

Both of Palmer's INTs were tipped passes. The second was housed for a touchdown by LB John Simon. Palmer took a cheap shot from DT Devon Still in the process, and appeared to chip his tooth. The Cards then held him out for the rest of the game. Palmer finishes the summer with zero touchdowns and three picks. The last time he appeared in a game that counted, of course, was the NFC Championship Game, where he gave the ball to the other team six times. Palmer remains a QB1 with elite weapons, but durability and turnovers are mounting question marks. Including the preseason, he has 13 turnovers in his past seven appearances.
Aug 28 - 5:16 PM

Cardinals signed QB Carson Palmer to a one-year, $24.5 million extension through 2018.

Palmer is now owed $43.5 million over the next three seasons, a major bargain for one of the NFL's top passers. The Cardinals also tacked another year onto Larry Fitzgerald's contract at $11 million, extending him through 2017. Both players will have a chance to retire in Cardinals uniforms. 36-year-old Palmer is coming off his best season and should return QB1 value in fantasy in 2016. Fitzgerald is in the WR2/3 conversation.
Aug 5 - 4:08 PM

Carson Palmer said he feels "as good as I've felt ever."

37 in December, Palmer is certainly on the backside of his career, but he is not planning to retire anytime soon. "I love Mondays and Tuesdays, getting game plans and breaking down other teams and watching their quarterbacks," Palmer said. "All that stuff is still not work to me." Palmer might not have many more QB1 seasons left in him, but he is still squarely in that conversation this year.
Source: ESPN
Jul 30 - 9:03 AM

Larry Fitzgerald said he thinks Carson Palmer will be even better this season.

"He’s getting better with time," Fitzgerald said. "Coming off of that knee injury last year, he played the best football last year at 35 years old and only better things are coming for him this year." It is going to be difficult for Palmer to surpass the 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns he threw for last season, but he should at least come close to replicating those numbers in Arizona's high-powered attack. As long as he stays healthy, Palmer will be a solid QB1.
Source: NFL Network
Jul 21 - 11:46 AM

The Cardinals are hosting the Patriots in the first Sunday Night Football game of the season on NBC.

It's a matchup of 2015-16 conference runner ups. The Packers travel to Minnesota the following Sunday night, with the Cowboys hosting the Bears in Week 3. The entire 2016 NFL schedule can be found at the link below.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 8:02 PM

Carson Palmer’s $7.15 million base salary became fully guaranteed on Friday.

His $6.35 million roster bonus was also guaranteed. Palmer stayed healthy for all 16 games and set career highs in 2015, tying Tom Brady for second in MVP voting behind Cam Newton. The Cardinals have Palmer signed through 2017 for $29 million ($14.5M AAV).
Feb 12 - 5:22 PM

Coach Bruce Arians believes he should have held Carson Palmer (finger) out of Week 17, but insists Palmer was fine for Sunday's loss in the NFC Championship Game.

Arians did bench Palmer in Week 17, but not until halftime. Palmer began playing through the issue in Week 16. He threw eight interceptions in four games with the ailment, compared to nine in 14 games without it. He is sitting out the Pro Bowl. The injury clearly had an effect on Palmer's play, but should be healed up long before the offseason program starts.
Jan 25 - 3:20 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he feels "strongly" Carson Palmer will "bounce back" next season.

The Cardinals' season ended unceremoniously Sunday night with Palmer turning the ball over six times in a blowout loss. Palmer was shaky against the Packers the week before as well and played poorly while dealing with a dislocated finger over the final few games of the season, although Palmer consistently denied the finger was an issue. The ending is tough to swallow, but Palmer was a legitimate MVP candidate and plays in an offense with ascending playmakers outside and at running back. He should once again be a solid QB1 next season.
Jan 25 - 11:25 AM

Carson Palmer completed 23-of-40 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions and lost two fumbles in the Cardinals' blowout loss to the Panthers in the NFC Championship Game.

Under constant duress, Palmer was picked off twice by Panthers FS Kurt Coleman in the end zone and was stripped twice by Carolina's defense. Arizona's inability to protect Palmer led to a whopping six turnovers and countless off-target passes, while Palmer's ball location and composure were devastating liabilities. Palmer's lone touchdown went to Darren Fells to cut the deficit to 34-15 in the fourth quarter. Palmer's third pick was returned to the house by Luke Kuechly. Palmer failed to challenge Cortland Finnegan and Robert McClain enough and ultimately melted down late in the season after dominating for much of 2015. The 36-year-old is owed just over $12 million in 2016. It's fair to wonder if Palmer will ever recover fully from Sunday's abominable performance.
Jan 24 - 10:15 PM

According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Carson Palmer's finger injury has been "more of an issue than he's let on."

That might explain Palmer's uneven performance against the Packers last week. Breer added that Palmer looked much better at practice this week. Palmer will have his work cut out for him Sunday against top corner Josh Norman. Fortunately the Cardinals have arguably the league's deepest receiving corps with Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd all presenting tough matchups.
Jan 24 - 8:48 AM

Carson Palmer (finger) is listed as probable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Panthers.

Palmer didn't miss any practice time this week. He was shaky for most of last week's win over Green Bay but turned it on late with 172 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime. He'll need a complete effort to beat a Carolina secondary led by All-Pro Josh Norman.
Jan 22 - 4:26 PM

Carson Palmer completed 25-of-41 passes for 349 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Cardinals' Divisional Round, overtime win over the Packers.

Palmer was erratic at times, making poor decisions which resulted in two bad interceptions and a couple other would-be picks. He also made a couple beautiful throws, including a perfectly placed pass to Michael Floyd in the back corner of the end zone for the opening score and an absolute dime down the right sideline for a big gain to Larry Fitzgerald in the third quarter. He also moved well in the pocket after halftime, and his ability to escape pressure set up Fitzgerald's 75-yard catch in overtime. He shoveled the ball to Fitzgerald for the game-winning touchdown two plays later. The win was a huge one for both Palmer and the Cardinals, but if they hope to move on to the Super Bowl, Palmer will have to be more consistent in the NFC Championship game.
Jan 17 - 12:14 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
RB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3Andre Ellington
4Stepfan Taylor
GLB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3J.J. Nelson
WR21Michael Floyd
2John Brown
WR31John Brown
TE1Darren Fells
2Jermaine Gresham
3Troy Niklas
LT1Jared Veldheer
LG1Mike Iupati
2Earl Watford
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Evan Boehm
RG1Evan Mathis
2John Wetzel
RT1D.J. Humphries
2Cole Toner
K1Chandler Catanzaro