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Monday, July 27, 2015

Arizona Cardinals - 2015 Projections

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Overall Outlook

The Arizona Cardinals have played well under head coach Bruce Arians, and with a solid 2015 offseason in which they added veterans Mike Iupati, LaMarr Woodley, Cory Redding, Corey Peters and Sean Weatherspoon, the Cardinals should be contenders for the NFC West title. The loss of Darnell Dockett, Dan Williams, and Antonio Cromartie will sting a little, but the organization feels confident it has the players in place to fill his void.

Offseason Moves
Key additions: G Mike Iupati, C A.Q. Shipley, DE/DT Cory Redding, DE/DT Corey Peters, DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley, ILB Sean Weatherspoon. 

Key losses: TE Rob Housler, G Paul Fanaika, C Lyle Sendlein, DE/DT Darnell Dockett, DE/DT Tommy Kelly, NT Dan Williams, DE/OLB Sam Acho, DE/OLB John Abraham, CB Antonio Cromartie, KR Ted Ginn. 

Offensive Outlook
The Cardinals have a solid core of skill position players on offense, including Palmer, Fitzgerald, Floyd , Brown and Ellington. They also added rookies D.J. Humphries (OT) and David Johnson (RB) to solidify positions of need. Unfortunately, the Cardinals play the Seahawks and Rams twice each, so don't expect huge numbers in those divisional games. The Cards do have plus offensive matchups against the Saints, Bears, Steelers, 49ers x2, Eagles and Packers this year. As long as they can avoid injuries, we expect solid numbers from most of the Arizona offense in 2015.

Projections - 2015
QB1 - Carson Palmer - Passing - 4000 yds / 24 tds 
RB1 - Andre Ellington - Rushing - 500 yds / 2 tds  Receiving - 50 recs / 475 yds / 2 tds
RB2 - David Johnson - Rushing - 400 yds / 6 tds  Receiving - 15 recs / 160 yds / 0 tds
WR1 - Larry Fitzgerald - Receiving - 75 recs / 930 yds / 5 tds
WR2 - Michael Floyd - Receiving - 60 recs / 900 yds / 6 tds
WR3 - Ted Ginn - Receiving - 65 recs / 800 yds / 4 tds
TE1 - Jermaine Gresham - Receiving - 45 recs / 475 yds / 4 tds

Defensive Outlook
The Arizona defense was extremely good in 2014, ranked 5th in the NFL in points allowed, and 9th in the in yards allowed. The team has a nice group of players at every level, including some pro-bowl caliber studs.  The addition of LaMarr Woodley, Cory Redding, Corey Peters and Sean Weatherspoon should all help the depth on the squad. We expect solid stats again in 2015. 

Projections - 2015
DE1 - Calais Campbell - 55 total Ts / 8 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
DE2 - Frostee Rucker - 35 total Ts / 5 sacks / 3 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
DT -  Alameda Ta'amu - 33 total Ts / 1 sack / 2 passes defensed / 1 total TO
OLB1 - Alex Okafor - 40 total Ts / 6 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
OLB2 - Matt Shaughnessy -  30 total Ts / 3 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
ILB1 - Sean Weatherspoon - 100 total Ts / 3 sacks / 4 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
ILB2 -Kevin Minter - 75 total Ts / 3 sacks / 4 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
CB1 - Patrick Peterson - 45 total Ts / 0 sacks / 15 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
CB2 - Jerraud Powers - 50 total Ts / 0 sacks / 10 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
S1 - Tyrann Mathieu - 85 total Ts / 1 sack / 8 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
S2 - Rashad Johnson -  80 total Ts / 0 sacks / 6 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
S3 - Deone Bucannon - 65 total Ts / 0 sacks / 8 passes defensed / 2 total TOs

Schedule


Depth Charts
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PosNoPlayer 1NoPlayer 2NoPlayer 3NoPlayer 4NoPlayer 5
Offense
LWR11FITZGERALD, LARRY 04/112Brown, John 14/310Golden, Brittan SF1319Nelson, JJ 15/516Shipley, Jaxon CF15
RWR15Floyd, Michael 12/113Brown, Jaron CF1386Spadola, Ryan SF1484Harman, Trevor CF1586Powell, Damond CF15
LT68Veldheer, Jared U/Oak75Fullington, John SF1467Crisp, Rob CF15
LG76Iupati, Mike U/SF71Steen, Anthony CF1465Halapio, Jon SF15
C62Larsen, Ted U/TB53Shipley, AQ U/Ind
RG61Cooper, Jonathan 13/178Watford, Earl 13/473McClain, Antoine SF14
RT70Massie, Bobby 12/479Sowell, Bradley W/Ind74Humphries, DJ 15/165Bradfield, Cameron SF15
TE87Niklas, Troy 14/285Fells, Darren SF1380Momah, Ifeanyi SF15
TE00Gresham, Jermaine SF1583Bolser, Ted SF1483Christian, Gerald 15/789Sinclair, Gannon CF15
QB3PALMER, CARSON T/Oak5STANTON, DREW U/Ind6Thomas, Logan 14/44Harnish, Chandler SF151Sims, Phillip CF15
RB38Ellington, Andre 13/630Taylor, Stepfan 13/531Johnson, David 15/333Williams, Kerwynn SF1423Grice, Marion P/SD
RB39Hughes, Robert SF13
FB34Lasike, Paul CF15
Defense
LDE93Campbell, Calais 08/296Martin, Kareem 14/373Mauro, Josh P/Pit95Gunter, Rodney 15/4
NT66Ta'amu, Alameda W/Pit98Peters, Corey U/Atl67Williams, Xavier CF15
RDT92RUCKER, FROSTEE CC/Cle90REDDING, CORY U/Ind72Stinson, Ed 14/5
SLB57Okafor, Alex 13/497ALEXANDER, LORENZO U/Was47Riddick, Shaquille 15/548Fua, Alani CF1594Wagenmann, Zack CF15
RILB55Weatherspoon, Sean U/Atl54Demens, Kenny CF1345Jackson, Edwin CF15
LILB51Minter, Kevin 13/259Sharpton, Darryl U/Chi56Carson, Glenn CF1449Kirk, Andrae CF15
WLB91Shaughnessy, Matt U/Oak44Golden, Markus 15/252WOODLEY, LAMARR CC/Oak31Martin, Gabe CF15
LCB21Peterson, Patrick 11/128Bethel, Justin 12/635Brooks, Cariel CF1536Roberts, CJ CF15
SS22Jefferson, Tony CF1320Bucannon, Deone 14/145Campbell, DJ SF1523Jones-Quartey, Harold CF1534Person, Brandon CF15
FS32Mathieu, Tyrann 13/326Johnson, Rashad 09/329Clemons, Chris SF14
RCB25Powers, Jerraud U/Ind42Smith, Damond SF1546Legree, Jimmy SF1427Woodard, Darren SF15
Special Teams
P9ZASTUDIL, DAVE SF112Butler, Drew SF14
PK7Catanzaro, Chandler CF14
LS82LEACH, MIKE SF09
H9ZASTUDIL, DAVE SF112Butler, Drew SF14
PR21Peterson, Patrick 11/119Nelson, JJ 15/5
KR12Brown, John 14/319Nelson, JJ 15/5
Reserves
SUS58Washington, Daryl SUS/1 yr
RET89CARLSON, JOHN RET

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