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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
Contract: view contract details

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Carson Palmer completed 14-of-22 passes for 283 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Cardinals' Week 6 win over the Bucs.
He took only two sacks and four hits in a victory where the Cardinals built a huge lead, then took their foot off the gas pedal, even as the Bucs made it a game late. Arizona wound up scoring 38 points, and Adrian Peterson's reemergence has a chance to make the offense more efficient if he continues to run like he did on Sunday. The offense gets a more favorable draw in Week 7 against the Rams, who have struggled on defense under first-year DC Wade Phillips. Oct 15 - 7:32 PM

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Carson Palmer completed 28-of-44 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Cardinals’ Week 5 loss to the Eagles.

Palmer was sacked twice for a loss of 15 yards. He was pressured on many more plays and spent most of the game running for his life behind an inept offensive line. While Carson Wentz was stringing deep passes left and right (fun fact: Sunday was the NFL's first-ever matchup of starting quarterbacks named Carson), Palmer mostly settled for check-downs to running back Andre Ellington. His only touchdown pass came on a 13-yard dart to John Brown early in the second quarter, though he should have had another in the fourth quarter on a play where J.J. Nelson fumbled in the end zone. Palmer has a get-right spot against Tampa Bay’s injury-ravaged defense in Week 6.
Oct 8 - 6:21 PM

Carson Palmer completed 33-of-51 passes for 357 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Cardinals' 18-15, Week 4 win over the 49ers.

Palmer's 19-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald with 37 seconds left in overtime was the only touchdown in the game. Palmer should have had another score, but the refs wrongfully overturned an Andre Ellington touchdown grab in the first quarter. Palmer is by no means toast at 37 years old, but he is taking a beating behind this offensive line. He was sacked another six times Sunday after being sacked six times last Monday night. At this rate, he may not stay healthy all year. Palmer will again be on the streaming radar next week at Philadelphia.
Oct 1 - 7:55 PM

Carson Palmer completed 29-of-48 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Cowboys on Monday night.

Palmer was white-hot right out of the gates; the offensive line was protecting him well early, and Palmer was picking apart the middle of the Cowboys' defense with Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown, and Jermaine Gresham. Palmer only had three incompletions in the first half. But Arizona's blocking fell completely apart and three-man rushes by Dallas were even getting to Palmer. He ended the night with a string of incompletions. The popular talk on Twitter has been Palmer is washed up, but his arm still looks strong and the ball placement has been there. The OL is the problem. Things should get a bit easier next week at home against the 49ers where Palmer will be a QB1.
Sep 25 - 11:59 PM

Carson Palmer completed 19-of-36 passes for 332 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

He added three sneaks for six yards, as Arizona escaped with a 16-13 overtime win. The Cardinals started painfully slowly in their second straight 1pm ET game to open the season, but Palmer eventually settled into a groove and racked up big second-half completions to seal the win. He did most of his damage with J.J. Nelson, who turned seven targets into 120 yards and a touchdown and had another touchdown overturned because he didn't quite get both feet in. Still, the state of the Cardinals' offense right now is concerning. Palmer will be a low-end streamer when Arizona hosts Dallas in Week 3.
Sep 17 - 4:18 PM

Carson Palmer completed 27-of-48 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to the Lions.

Palmer orchestrated a couple nice drives, but overall it was a disappointing day against a defense he should have been able to shred. He struggled with accuracy all game, missing short on multiple sideline passes, and did not seem to be in sync with his pass catchers, which resulted in his first interception. The next two were all on him, however, as he airmailed a pass down the middle and threw behind his running back. The final interception was returned for a touchdown. Palmer has another great matchup with the Colts next week, but this performance raises some serious concerns.
Sep 10 - 4:36 PM

Carson Palmer completed 8-of-13 passes for 86 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Palmer has completed 21-of-35 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns to zero picks this preseason. His touchdown on Saturday was a 28-yard hookup with John Brown, who ran by roster fodder UDFA CB Jarnor Jones with ease. Palmer will head into 2017 as a mid-range QB2 as the Cardinals put more on David Johnson's plate. Palmer will have stream-worthy matchups.
Aug 26 - 8:15 PM

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer won't play in the Hall of Fame Game.

It's an expected move with the Cardinals managing Palmer's reps. Palmer wore his arm out last offseason, but has responded well to rest. Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert will likely split the game against Dallas.
Jul 22 - 3:15 PM

Speaking about Carson Palmer, David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

"His arm was so fresh I actually had to get stitches in my finger," Johnson quipped. Entering his age-37 campaign, Palmer will never regain his early-career arm strength, but it's good news he's feeling "fresh" after an offseason designed to keep him as such. With 4.34 speedster John Brown back to full health and the Cardinals more aware of Palmer's limitations, a bounce-back is a realistic possibility.
Jul 22 - 10:53 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer wore his arm out last offseason.

"Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." The rest seemed to work, as Palmer was the QB8 over the final eight weeks of last season, and the Cardinals have kept that regimen going this offseason. Currently being drafted behind the likes of Carson Wentz, Palmer is a great value.
Jul 20 - 8:59 AM

Carson Palmer remains undecided about his playing future beyond 2017.

"That’s a great question," Palmer said of his plans beyond this season. "And I don’t have an answer. ... I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season." Palmer got off to a brutal start last year, but played much better down the stretch. If both Palmer and vertical-minded coach Bruce Arians have learned how to manage his diminished physical abilities, 2017 doesn't necessarily have to be his last year. Palmer turns 38 in December.
Jun 27 - 5:03 PM

Carson Palmer earned Pro Football Focus' No. 4 overall passing grade from Weeks 8-17 last season.

Only Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan graded out better in that stretch. Although Palmer's 2016 is remembered as a disappointment, he posted a 19:9 TD-to-INT ratio and 280.8-yard average with low-end fantasy QB1 production over the final nine games. Palmer is a low-floor fantasy investment this year, but there is reason to believe he offers value at his QB20/22 ADP. You can read more about the 2017 Cardinals in Evan Silva's Fantasy Team Preview at the link below.
Jun 13 - 11:51 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Carson Palmer said he has "no idea" if 2017 will be his final season.

Palmer is headed into his age-37 campaign. Riddled with injury throughout his 14-year career, he's indeed likely on his last legs. In an attempt to keep him fresh, the Cardinals are easing him into the offseason program. Palmer has eliminated throws in March and April, and will receive routine off days throughout the year. With both Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald on the brink of retirement, the Cardinals' current offensive core is about to age out.
May 16 - 2:01 PM

Carson Palmer likely won’t throw until the end of offseason workouts.

It's a way to manage Palmer's reps as he enters his age-37 season. With Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton backing him up, the Cardinals can't afford to lose Palmer. It won't be surprising if Palmer gets regular days off during the season.
May 13 - 2:20 PM

Carson Palmer has confirmed he will return for a 15th NFL season in 2017.

This was expected all along, but Palmer took his time, just to be sure. Palmer's play fell off dramatically in 2016 following his stellar 2015, though he did stabilize down the stretch. His return is unquestionably good news for the Cardinals, but won't preclude them from seeking their quarterback of the future in the draft. There's a good chance 2017 will be Palmer's 15th and final season.
Feb 9 - 3:10 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
RB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3Andre Ellington
4Kerwynn Williams
5Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
LT1D.J. Humphries
2John Wetzel
LG1Mike Iupati
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Daniel Munyer
3Evan Boehm
RG1Earl Watford
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson