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8/5 Arizona Cardinals news: Addressing doubts about Palmer, are Cardinals a top 15 team?

Your Cardinals and NFL news round-up to start the day.

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Christian Petersen

With the preseason officially underway, the NFL's season of unreasonable optimism is coming to an end, reflected in today's links. To find out if Carson Palmer is really the answer for the Cardinals, one writer dives into the stats. The team has a tough schedule ahead, both in the pre-season and regular season. Even the team's alumni had a bad day, with Aeneas Williams getting a Hall of Fame snub.


Can the Arizona Cardinals Really Trust Carson Palmer at the Helm?
He has led his team to a playoff berth just twice and is 0-2 lifetime in playoff games, not to mention his 54-67 (.446) record as a starting quarterback. Add to it the fact that he throws interceptions at inopportune times, and you might say Palmer is already done in the Valley.

Why The Cardinals Aren't a Top 15 Team
An initial glance at the research on whether the Cardinals can be a top 15 team gives a bleak result.

Turnovers Cards' Name Of The Game
Stripping opponents of possession will be cornerstone of defense

Fitz’s key call to Hall of Famer Carter
"Larry knocked at my door, 1:30 in the morning, he said, ‘(Last season) was the worst season of my life. I need you to come to Minnesota for five days,’ " said Carter.

Should Aeneas Williams Get in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014?
Is Arizona Cardinals defensive back Aeneas Williams deserving to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014?

Teams with Toughest Road to Regular Season
Now that we’ve officially crossed the threshold and the preseason has begun, you’ll begin to hear a lot different voices about teams’ strengths of schedule.

Option gets quick look — for the Arizona Cardinals defense
It’s a safe bet that the Cardinals aren’t going to be running much of the read option that took the NFL by storm last season, at least not with Carson Palmer at quarterback.

New Cards coach Arians wants Peterson on offense
No doubt about it, new Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has plans for the dynamic player on offense.

Training Camp in Glendale Getting Good Reviews
After so many years in Flagstaff, training camp for the Arizona Cardinals is now entrenched in Glendale, right at the University of Phoenix Stadium.


Hall of Fame Game 2013: Cowboys take down Dolphins, 24-20, to open preseason -
The Cowboy's kicked off the 2013 NFL preseason with a 24-20 win over the Dolphins on Sunday night.

5-year-old cancer survivor runs for a TD at Browns Family Night -
The Cleveland Browns capped off Family Night by letting a five-year-old cancer survivor score a touchdown.

Art Donovan, NFL Hall of Famer, dies at 89 -

As pro football celebrates with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, it mourns the passing of one its own Sunday night.

Eddie Lacy stands out in Packers scrimmage -
Eddie Lacy had a strong showing in the Packers' Saturday night scrimmage, piling up 65 yards on just eight carries.

Eric Wright injury: Free agent CB not healthy enough to sign with 49ers -
After failing a physical, Eric Wright is still not healthy enough to sign with the 49ers, although the team will visit doctors next week about his status.

Geno Smith can win Jets starting QB job with 'sharp' preseason -
Geno Smith may have the starting job all but wrapped up after the Jets' Saturday night scrimmage.

Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots TE likely to stay on PUP -
Gronk is still in street clothes and won't be practicing any time soon. It's likely that he will open the season on the reserve/PUP list.

Vincent Brown injury: Chargers WR misses sixth straight practice with hamstring injury -
Vincent Brown missed his sixth day of practice with a nagging hamstring injury. He's not likely to play in the preseason opener.

Bryan Bulaga injury: Packers concerned LT has torn knee ligament, per report -
Green Bay is bracing for the worst as doctors continue to determine the extent of Bulaga's injured knee.