Nov 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Every Arizona Cardinals fans remember it all too well. Quarterback Carson Palmer took a step to his right on 3rd down, and went down in a heap. The Cardinals beat the Rams, but a day later the Cardinals were without Palmer for the remainder of the season.
Palmer is coming off ACL surgery and looks to continue where he left off. He was 6-0 in 2014, and heading into training camp feels one hundred percent.
Prior to his injury, Palmer had put up great numbers. In week one he put up 304 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, a 108.4 quarterback rating. The Cardinals won, but he missed the next four weeks due to a lingering nerve issue. The next five games he averaged around 250 yards and two touchdowns. In all of his starts combined he only threw three interceptions.
Palmer has explosive power to drive the Cardinals down the field, and with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and John Brown to throw the ball to the offense should score on every drive. This is the Carson Palmer the Cardinals want at starting quarterback.
If Palmer wants to lead this team to an NFC West title and back to the playoffs, he will need to stay healthy and play at his best.