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Key Questions Heading into 2014 Arizona Cardinals Training Camp

July 18th, 2014 at 5:54 AM
By Steve Smith

It's almost time. Arizona Cardinals Training Camp 2014 opens on July 26 and, as usual, key questions abound.

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They do for every NFL team.

Let's take a look at two important questions that need to be answered as the Red Birds try and improve on a very encouraging 10-6 season last year.

Can quarterback Carson Palmer lead the Cardinals to the NFC playoffs?

In order for Arizona to advance to the playoffs, the veteran signal-caller must cut down on the amount of interceptions he tossed in 2013. The USC product threw 22 interceptions – too many – but cut down on the number of picks significantly in the second half of the season. That was one of the main reasons the Cards stayed in the playoff hunt until Week 17.

The 34-year-old Palmer threw for 4,274 yards and 24 touchdowns last year and displayed a strong arm at his "advanced" age. With an improved offensive line and the addition of speedster Ted Ginn Jr. to the squad, Palmer should have a very solid upcoming season behind center.

Palmer also has a full year now in Bruce Arians' offensive system and a dynamic running back in Andre Ellington to keep defenses honest.

So yes, if he remains healthy, Palmer can certainly lead the Red Birds to the playoff tournament.

Have the Cardinals finally found their left tackle?

Arizona spent a lot of money ($17 million guaranteed) to sign former Oakland Raider Jared Veldheer to a five-year pact when free agency commenced in March. The Hillsdale College product will be counted on to protect Palmer's blind side and to help open up some running lanes for Ellington and company.

Coaches and players seem confident that the Cardinals have found a stellar left tackle to anchor their line.

As long as he stays healthy.








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