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Carson Palmer | Quarterback | #3

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
College: USC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (1) / CIN
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Carson Palmer completed 20-of-38 passes for 255 yards with three touchdowns and one interception Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Rams.
Palmer regressed in a big way this year coming off a near-MVP season in 2015. He threw for fewer touchdowns, fewer passing yards, recorded more interceptions and … well you get the idea. That’s not to say he wasn’t useful. In fact, Palmer played some of his best football down the stretch, piling up 11 touchdowns with only three interceptions over his last six games. Palmer lost his ability to throw deep but still had success feeding Larry Fitzgerald in the slot this season. It’s unclear what the future holds for Palmer, or Fitzgerald for that matter. Palmer will be a borderline QB1 in fantasy if he returns for a 15th season. Jan 1 - 8:48 PM

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks Carson Palmer's 2016 struggles were mostly due to "injuries and things," and that he's played "extremely well" over the past month.

Palmer has regressed sharply from 2015, both statistically and on film. His YPA has plummeted from 8.70 to 7.12, with his TD:INT ratio checking in at 23:13 compared to 35:11 a year ago. His arm drive has noticeably slackened. Arians is correct that Palmer somewhat stabilized after a mid-season meltdown, but even the Cardinals' website admits the team could still draft its "quarterback of the future" this spring. Palmer turned 37 on Monday, but has given zero indication he's considering retirement.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 02:42:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 16-of-26 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 16 win over the Seahawks.

His big play occurred on an 80-yard bomb to J.J. Nelson. Palmer also hit Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson for critical gains, but this game largely belonged to Johnson, who scored three touchdowns and dominated in the receiving game. Palmer will be a lower-end DFS option in Week 17 at the Rams. Late in a lost season, the Cardinals' main focus is on getting Johnson records.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 08:45:00 PM

Carson Palmer said, "I expect to play in 2017."

GM Steve Keim said he "would be surprised" if Palmer retired earlier this week, but it is nice to hear it straight from the horse's mouth. Palmer has had an up-and-down season, but the Cardinals do not have an heir apparent in the pipeline. Finding that quarterback should be one of their top priorities this offseason.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:37:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 28-of-40 passes for 318 yards and two scores in the Cardinals' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

After a disastrous outing in the rain last week, Palmer bounced back with one of his better games of the season. Minus an overthrown ball to John Brown in the first half, Palmer was on point all game and looked comfortable pushing the ball downfield. He hit J.J. Nelson from 10 yards out for his first score, and he found John Brown with a pretty ball for a 30-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Palmer put another pass right on a Nelson earlier in that drive, but the receiver dropped the sure touchdown. It was a nice bounce back, but Palmer will struggle to build on it next week in Seattle. He will be just a QB2 in that game.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:10:00 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he "would be surprised" if Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald did not return next season.

Keim also expects Coach Bruce Arians to return. The Cardinals certainly want Fitzgerald back, but Palmer's case is a bit trickier. Arizona does not have any better options on the roster right now, but Palmer's struggles this season should prompt the front office to look toward the future. 37 later this month, Palmer is averaging just 6.8 yards per attempt with 20 touchdowns to 13 interceptions this year.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 10:22:00 AM

Carson Palmer completed 18-of-33 passes for 145 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Palmer will not want to watch the tape for this one. He turned the ball over three times including two forced interceptions and a fumbled snap in the driving rain. Palmer had several other passes which could have been picked as he sailed the ball all day, and he put two more balls on the turf. Despite the horrid performance, Palmer led two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to tie up the game, but a three-and-out with under two minutes left followed by a disappointing punt put the Dolphins in position for the game-winning field goal. Palmer has a solid matchup at home against the Saints next week, but he has not played well enough to be considered anything more than back-end QB1.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:23:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 30-of-46 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 13 win over the Redskins.

Palmer had a quiet first half, throwing for 135 scoreless yards, but he did hook up with Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson a couple times on a successful two-minute drill before the break. He was still under routine pressure after halftime, but he managed to capitalize on a Kirk Cousins fumble with a tight-window laser to Michael Floyd from six yards out to help get the scoring going. That was not the end of the fireworks, either. Palmer hooked up with David Johnson on a 25-yard score to give the Cardinals the lead for good, and he found J.J. Nelson on a 42-yard bomb which put the game away. Palmer now has multiple touchdowns in four of his last five games, and he has topped 300 yards in three of those contests. He will be in the QB1 conversation next week against Miami.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:48:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 25-of-45 passes for 289 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Cardinals' Week 12 loss to the Falcons.

Palmer did whatever he wanted the first couple drives, completing passes for chunk gains at will against a Falcons defense missing top CB Desmond Trufant. But the wheels quickly fell off behind a depleted offensive line that saw D.J. Humphries making his first start at left tackle and RT Ulrick John making his first-ever start. Palmer was sacked just twice, but he was under consistent, heavy pressure. Palmer's first score was a one-yarder to Jermaine Gresham, and the second was a three-yard, garbage-time hookup with David Johnson. The pressure is affecting Palmer big time, making him more of a QB2 heading into a Week 13 home game against the Redskins.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 20-of-38 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 11 loss to the Vikings.

He also took four sacks. Palmer has become a legitimate on-field liability, struggling to move Arizona's offense when it's been needed most and staring down receivers before airmailing lollipops. He was picked off twice by Xavier Rhodes on Sunday, including one that Rhodes took to the house from 100 yards away. Even against a weak Falcons defense in Week 12, Palmer won't be worth firing up outside of two-quarterback leagues. Palmer has officially entered the Jake Delhomme Zone.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 05:33:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 30-of-49 passes for 376 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 10 win over the 49ers.

Palmer did his best to try and blow this game, throwing a horrific interception at midfield late in the fourth quarter, setting the 49ers up for the game-tying touchdown. But Palmer was able to make some quality throws on the final drive, hooking up on the sidelines with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and David Johnson all for important conversions. His other interception was a drop by J.J. Nelson that popped into the air. Palmer has thrown for over 340 yards in three-straight games and will be on the back end of the QB1 map next week at Minnesota.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 07:50:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 35-of-46 passes for 363 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Cardinals' Week 8 loss to Carolina.

Fantasy owners should feel lucky to have come out of this game with a big fantasy day from Palmer, who was sacked eight times, lost an early-game fumble six, and was picked in the fourth quarter with Arizona trying to rally back. With their roster all sorts of banged up, the Cardinals' Week 9 bye is coming at an ideal time. They will host the lowly 49ers after the open date.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Carson Palmer (hamstring) practiced fully on Friday.

He's not listed on the Cardinals' final injury report and will be all systems go for Sunday's battle against Carolina. Palmer has underwhelmed this year but has a plus matchup waiting against the Panthers' overmatched secondary.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Carson Palmer said he's been working on his deep ball in practices.

"I missed a couple," Palmer said. "I had J.J. [Nelson] on a couple the other night. I've taken shots that I shouldn't have in certain situations. I think one thing I need to do is be a little bit more picky: when to take them, when not to take them." On the season, Palmer has completed just 9-of-32 passes 20-plus yards downfield for 255 yards and a 1:4 TD:INT ratio. His 31.1 passer rating on those passes is 65.2 points lower than last year when Palmer threw 10 touchdowns on deep balls. A Week 8 date with the Panthers' makeshift secondary presents a possible get-right spot.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 11:15:00 AM

Carson Palmer (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Palmer was also "limited" last week before suiting up. His hamstring wasn't an issue against the Seahawks, and won't be against the Panthers, either.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 06:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3Stepfan Taylor
4Kerwynn Williams
GLB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Chris Hubert
WR21J.J. Nelson
2Marquis Bundy
3Jeremy Ross
4Aaron Dobson
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Darren Fells
3Hakeem Valles
LT1D.J. Humphries
2Earl Watford
LG1Mike Iupati
2Taylor Boggs
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Daniel Munyer
RG1John Wetzel
2Cole Toner
RT1Earl Watford
2Givens Price
K1Chandler Catanzaro