This offseason, Arizona has two quarterbacks coming off of injuries. Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton both hurt their knees against the Rams in different games. This is also an important offseason for second year quarterback Logan Thomas, whom the team drafted in the fourth round a year ago.
Bruce Arians talked about all three in his breakfast meetup with the media at the owners meetings this week.
When asked about Palmer and the approach the team will take, Arians said they will be "reining him back."
He loves how Palmer wants to get out there, but Palmer still needs to be cleared by the doctors. After that, "he and I will talk about the reps he gets," said Arians.
Palmer loves practice and loves getting reps in the offseason, and Arians admires that about his locker room leader. "It's just that we have to be smart about it."
Stanton is expected to be at 100 percent by offseason workouts.
Thomas will get a lot of work in offseason workouts. Arians indicated Thomas would get 90 percent of the reps on the second field during OTAs and mini-camp and could get a lot of first field reps if Stanton misses any time early on.
But Arians is pleased with the progress Thomas has made. QB coach Freddie Kitchens has done a lot of good work with him in terms of footwork and releasing the ball.
Arians doesn't think we need to read too much into how Arians quickly pulled Thomas from starting lat season, going instead with Ryan Lindley.
"We drafted him for two years from now, not for November," he said. "It just so happened his number got called in November and I was not going to let him fail, because once you fail, those scars never go away. It's very hard to get the guys back in the locker room if you cost them the playoffs. I just didn't want to put him in that situation."
Now Thomas will get the chance to show improvement. A good showing will give the coach confidence that, in a year from now, he might be the long-term answer at the position.