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Throwing Deep May Be Here to Stay for Arizona Cardinals

August 12th, 2013 at 5:44 AM
By Steve Smith

'University of Phoenix Stadium' photo (c) 2009, Dyanna Hyde - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
During the Arizona Cardinals' dismal 5-11 campaign last season, the Red Birds completed only three passes of at least 38 yards. That tied them with Minnesota for the fewest in the NFL.

Based on Arizona's 17-0 win over Green Bay last Friday, that might be changing.

Quickly.

Sure it was just one exhibition game but Carson Palmer and the Cardinals appear to be taking a much more aggressive approach by taking some shots down the field.

“We’re not always going to do it; we’re not going to force it,” he told azcentral.com. “Just because we say we’re going to do it doesn’t mean we’re always going to do it.”

However, it seems like they will be throwing the ball deeper this season under Bruce Arians. Palmer fired a 38-yard scoring strike to Roberts against the Packers. Of Palmer's four completions against Green Bay, three went for at least 17 yards. Roberts also dropped a long pass from Palmer.

The 33-year-old Palmer has tossed 189 touchdown passes in his NFL career and there appears to still be a lot of life left in his right arm. Even Arizona's backup signal-callers joined in on the fun – Drew Stanton completed a 36-yard pass while Ryan Lindley connected on a 31-yard reception.

“Like everybody else in the league, we want to run the football,” Stanton explained to azcentral.com. “But he (Arians) is going to be more aggressive taking shots. It’s not going to be the same look all the time. We’re going to be able to do some different stuff with different personnel groupings. We might have three tight ends in a game, but we’re still going to take a shot.”

Sounds like an exciting offense is going to be on display in the desert this upcoming NFL season.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Football, NFL, Ryan Lindley

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