The Arizona Cardinals are back at training camp in Glendale preparing for the 2017 season.
Their first preseason game is Aug. 3.
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Take a look at what writers are saying about the team in preseason NFL power rankings:
It writes: “Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are back for another go-around, but it’s clear the Cardinals’ core is racing against time. David Johnson will have to do much of the heavy lifting to keep Arizona in contention.”
Tyler Lauletta and Scott Davis write: “With so much talent on both the offensive and defensive side, the bet here is with Bruce Arians at the helm the Cardinals rebound in 2017 and look closer to their 2015 selves.”
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nj.com: Cardinals No. 17
Connor Hughes writes: “The Cardinals have talent, sure. But how much does quarterback Carson Palmer have left in the tank? They geared up for one more run this year. We’ll see if it pays off.”
Adam Kurkjian writes: “There is still enough here to overtake Seattle. This could be QB Carson Palmer’s last shot at winning something meaningful.”
ESPN.com: Cardinals No. 18
Dan Graziano writes: “We did this a year ago. The Cardinals were No. 5, and I ranted about how crazy it was that they weren’t higher. I was … wrong. So while I like what they did on defense with their first couple of picks, prove to me that quarterback Carson Palmer has something left before I buy in again, please.”
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NFL.com: Cardinals No. 17
“Are they the contenders we saw two seasons ago who played their worst game in January? Or the middling bunch that couldn’t get out of its own way last year? The answer lies somewhere in between, but even after a relatively strong draft, the question is … If the Cards can’t overtake Seattle, will Arizona string enough wins together to grab a wild-card spot?”
SI.com: Cardinals No. 15
Peter King writes: “This team has a last-gasp feel to me.”
SI.com: Cardinals No. 17
Eric Single writes: “Didn’t beat the curve.”
Pete Prisco writes: “They were top-10 in offense and defense last year, which tells you they had talent. They’ve added some nice players as well, but this will be about Carson Palmer staying on the field and playing well.”
nj.com: Cardinals No. 26
Eliot Shorr-Parks writes: “This era of Cardinals football is coming to a close, as it would be surprising to see quarterback Carson Palmer or wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back with the team in 2018. It’s unlikely the era ends on a high note.”
Tom Downey writes: “Arizona had a rough year, missing the playoffs. But they’re primed for positive regression: they had the seventh best point differential last year. If they can win a few more close games, the Cardinals can make it back to that playoffs. Don’t sleep on Arizona.”
Dan Parzych writes: “With Father Time slowly creeping up on Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona realizes their gap to making another Super Bowl run with this current squad is coming to a close, and the time to win is now. The last thing the Cardinals want to see happen is look back wondering what could have been with this talented squad that failed to live up to expectations, so let’s hope the results are much better than last year for Bruce Arians and company.”
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