Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu talks offseason with ESPN

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QB Palmer Returns to Take 11-on-11 Drills for the First Time

St Louis Rams v Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer is cleared and ready for his first live 11-on-11 action of the offseason, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

The Cardinals’ veteran quarterback said he’ll take his first 11-on-11 snaps against a live defense during Tuesday’s minicamp.

“I’m ready. I’m excited. I’m 100 percent. I’m cleared,” Palmer told ESPN. “I can do everything. I’ve tested out. Gotten stronger every week, every month, just ready to get going.”

Palmer said he “actually was cleared weeks ago” but was held out of 11-on-11 drills by forces beyond his control.

“It has nothing to do with me,” he said.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was cautious with Palmer during three weeks of organized team activities, sitting the 35-year-old during 11-on-11 drills that featured a blitzing Cardinals defense.

Arians justified his decision by saying he didn’t trust the rookies to be careful around Palmer’s reconstructed left knee. Palmer tore his left ACL in Week 10 last season.

Toward the end of OTAs, Palmer began practicing in 11-on-11 situations against a defense that didn’t rush him.

But Palmer said he’s not worried about a rookie being overly aggressive and accidentally taking him out because “it’s a tough team to make and guys are doing what they can.”

He said he understands they’re most likely not thinking about his knee.

“That’s life,” Palmer said. “That’s the job. I don’t think much about it.

“I feel great,” he said. “I probably never worked this hard in my life and I’ve always worked hard. I feel as fast as I’ve ever been, as quick as I’ve ever been, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been just because I’ve been going since late November. So, I feel great. Just looking forward to tomorrow.”

Cardinals Claim Former Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard Off Waivers

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The Cardinals received cornerback Alfonzo Dennard from the Patriots on Wednesday on a waiver claim, the Associated Press reports.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Dennard made 20 starts and played in 29 games in three seasons with New England, finishing with 92 tackles, five interceptions, 17 passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Last season, he had 15 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in six games — four starts — before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27 because of a hamstring problem.

Dennard was drafted 224th overall in 2012 out of Nebraska.

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2015 NFL Draft order: Arizona Cardinals eight draft picks set

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The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a successful season, but still have plenty of work to do as they get ready for the 2015 NFL Draft. The club made the postseason, but clearly will need more to get back to the Super Bowl, a place they reached in the 2008 season. Discover what NFL betting fans should expect this 2015 season at Mybookie.ag.

The Cards have eight picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, which will take place April 30th to May 2nd, and this year will take place in Chicago. The picks the Cardinals have are as follows – Round 1 (24), Round 2 (55), Round 3 (86), Round 4 (123), Round 5 (159), Round 6 (198), Round 7 (241), Round 7 (256).

There’s needs for this franchise, including positions like inside linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, running back and cornerback.

The team did have some success in free agency, as they picked up offensive lineman Mike Iupati, a good player that will help shore up the line in the run game, as well as protect who is under center in 2015.

The Cardinals do need to look for more of a run game, and while they can do that in one or two of their eight draft picks, they also may wait to see what players may find their way on the waiver wire come training camp when teams shed money and players.

Look for Arizona to go out and try to find every-down edge rushers to win more one-on-one matchups. Inside linebacker, cornerback and a young defensive lineman are all needs the Cardinals could look to fill in this draft as well, and also as stated before they will wait to see what players may get released in training camp.

Two players that seem to be on many of the mock draft boards for the Cardinals includes Marcus Peters (CB-Washington), as well as Eddie Goldman (DT-Florida State). These two players could add a boost to the Cards as they get set for 2015, and help out a defense that at times played well, but will need to be even better to get back to the playoffs in 2015.

The Cards are going to have to play better next year if they want to unseat the two-time NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is a young team that has plenty of weapons, but the Cardinals are a young hungry team as well, and these two could again have an epic showdown with the division on the line in 2015.

Look for Arizona to add in the draft, using their eight picks wisely to add to a young roster that is ready to compete in 2015.

Cardinals at Panthers Friday Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
(Arizona conducted a walk-through on Friday. The Friday practice report is an estimation.)
Status Report
OUT QB Drew Stanton (knee)
QUESTIONABLE G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
PROBABLE DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Drew Stanton (knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
Thursday QB Drew Stanton (knee)
Friday QB Drew Stanton (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle)
Thursday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), DT Dan Williams (foot)
Friday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
Thursday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
Friday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Status Report
DOUBTFUL S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE LB A.J. Klein (ankle)
PROBABLE QB Derek Anderson (illness), DE Charles Johnson (not injury related), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Derek Anderson (illness), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related)
Thursday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
Friday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), DE Charles Johnson (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
Friday LB A.J. Klein (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB A.J. Klein (ankle), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Thursday QB Derek Anderson (illness), LB A.J. Klein (ankle), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Friday QB Derek Anderson (illness), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)

Cardinals vs Panthers Wednesday Wild Card Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Drew Stanton (knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Derek Anderson (illness), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB A.J. Klein (ankle), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)

Cardinals Lose Stanton; Use Defense To Stop Rams 12-6

Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals and the Cardinals overcame the loss of quarterback Drew Stanton with stifling defense, moving closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 12-6 victory over the Rams on Thursday night.

The Rams (6-8) were held to Greg Zuerlein’s two short field goals and had five three-and-out series in the third quarter. Catanzaro’s 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter ended nine quarters of shutout defense by St. Louis, which beat Washington and Oakland by a combined 76-0 the previous two weeks.

Ryan Lindley was ineffective in his first appearance since 2012 in relief of Stanton, who injured his right knee on a sack in the third quarter, but it didn’t matter. The Cardinals lost Carson Palmer to a season-ending knee injury during their 31-14 victory over St. Louis at home last month.

The Cardinals (11-3) entered tied for the top overall record in the NFC and will clinch a playoff spot if Sunday’s Dallas-Philadelphia game doesn’t end in a tie, or a Detroit loss combined with a Green Bay victory.

Cardinals at Rams NFL Week 15 Capsule

ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-3) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (6-7)

SERIES

CARDINALS RAMS
THURS. RECORD 7-20-2 6-7
SERIES LEADER 35-34-2
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Arians: 2-1 Fisher: 5-4
LAST WEEK W 17-14 vs. Chiefs W 24-0 at Redskins
LAST GAME 11/9/14: Rams 14 at Cardinals 31. Arizona CB Patrick Peterson has 2 interceptions, including 30-yard INT-TD. Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie adds 14-yard FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Rams 27, Cardinals 24. St. Louis TE Jared Cook catches 7 passes for 141 yards & 2 TDs. Rams DE Robert Quinn records 3 sacks and 2 FFs.
BROADCAST NFL Network (7:25 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Ari.), 92 (StL.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Ari.), 226 (StL.).

STATS

PASSING Stanton: 120-220-1602-7-5-79.0 Hill: 75-121-895-6-3-90.8
RUSHING Taylor: 31-102-3.3-1 Mason (R): 142-628-4.4-3
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 50-692-13.8-2 Cook (TE): 41-534-13.0-3
OFFENSE 325.3 317.2
TAKE/GIVE +10 (T3L) +4
DEFENSE 355.4 344.9
SACKS Campbell, Okafor: 7 Quinn: 10.5
INTs Johnson: 4 (T2C) Johnson: 3
PUNTING
  1. Butler: 42.7
Hekker: 45.5
KICKING Catanzaro (R): 91 (25/25 PAT; 22/26 FG) Zuerlein: 85 (31/32 PAT; 18/24 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: QB DREW STANTON has won 6 of past 9 starts…RB KERWYNN WILLIAMS rushed for 100 yards last week in 1st career game with att…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 131 rec. & 16 TDs vs. StL, his most vs. opp. Has catch in 160 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 4 come-from-behind GW TDs, incl. 3 in 4th Q. WR JARON BROWN had GW TD last week…CB PATRICK PETERSON has 5 INTs & 3 return TDs (1 INT, 2 PR) vs. StL. In Week 10, had 2 INTs, incl. TD. Since 2011, is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (14) & 5+ return TDs (5). In last meeting, rookie DE KAREEM MARTIN had sack & FF which CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE returned 14 yards for TD. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 7 sacks in past 9 vs. StL. In past 5, LB ALEX OKAFOR has 5 sacks & INT. DT FROSTEE RUCKER had career-high 2 sacks last week… RAMS: Have back-to-back shutout wins for 1st time since 1945…QB SHAUN HILL has 4 TDs, 0 INTs & 124.8 rating in past 2…Rookie RB TRE MASON has 363 scrimmage yards (121 per game), 315 rush yards (105 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3 at home. Leads NFC rookies with 628 rush yards…WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN had 78-yard PR-TD last week & has TD in 3 games in row (2 rush, 1 PR). Has 9 career TDs (4 rec., 3 rush, 2 PR)…TE JARED COOK had 2 TDs last week. In last home meeting, had 7 catches for 141 yards & 2 TDs…DE ROBERT QUINN has 7 sacks in 3 home games vs. Az. Has 10.5 sacks & 5 FFs in past 8. DT AARON DONALD leads NFL rookies with 7 sacks. Has sack in 6 of past 8. Since entering NFL in 2009, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only player in NFL with 15+ sacks (15.5) & 9+ INTs (9).

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