Carson Palmer has been the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals since 2013. Since acquiring the quarterback from the Oakland Raiders, he has completed over 63% of his passes for 14,804 yards and 96 touchdowns. His 35-17-1 regular season record with the Arizona Cardinals is outstanding, in addition to his 1-1 playoff record.
Though he is signed through 2018, there is no guarantee that the 14-year veteran will return after the 2017 season. He is entering his 15th season and will be turning 38 years old this December. Palmer started his career sitting behind Jon Kitna, who mentored him when he was drafted 1st Overall in 2003 by the Cincinnati Bengals. Just like Kitna before him, Palmer is ready to mentor whomever the Arizona Cardinals select in the 2017 NFL Draft.
“Not to float my own boat, but I think I’m pretty good at it” Palmer said to ArizonaSports.com. “I know I’ve had many great mentors and role models and guys to look up to; guys I’ve learned a lot from so I know how to approach being that guy and I’ve been doing it for a long time.”
With his age and uncertainty of his future beyond 2017, let’s take a look at the Cardinals current depth and potential quarterbacks for the future of this franchise.
- Drew Stanton
Stanton, entering his 11th season in the NFL, has been one of the more reliable backup quarterbacks in the National Football League. Since being signed by the Cardinals in 2013, though he has a dismal completion percentage, he has thrown for 2,007 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. His stats does not speaks volumes to his value to the team as he has had a 6-3 record through his nine starts with the team. His contract is up after the 2017 season and he is likely to be brought back as a backup or starter, depending on how ready the Cardinals potential franchise quarterback is and Palmers future with the team.
- Zac Dysert
He was signed from the Miami Dolphins practice squad during the 2016 regular season. He has not started a regular season game but he gives the Cardinals experience and familiarity in Bruce Arians system. He is likely a camp body but his size and potential intrigues the team.
Overall, the team looks good at the quarterback position for the upcoming 2017 season. If the quarterback drafted makes strides during the season, the quarterback group of the Arizona Cardinals for the upcoming 2018 season should be set and ready to go.
- NFL Draft: DeShone Kizer - Notre Dame vs Patrick Mahomes - Texas Tech
Kizer and Mahomes are two very outstanding young quarterbacks with good football character. Mahomes probably has the strongest arm of the 2017 NFL Draft class but Kizer comes a close second. Though both are good fits, one has an advantage over the other
“So far, I would say one of the guys, and I’m not going to mention names, I think one of them is probably ready to start as a rookie,” Arians said. “All the rest, there are some really talented arms that need a year of learning how to play the position, especially at this level.”
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports said the guy the quarterback out of Notre Dame.
Here are a few reasons why DeShone Kizer is the best fit for the Arizona Cardinals:
- He played in a more pro-style offense at Notre Dame. Earlier last week, reporters believed the Bruce Arians was talking about Kizer as the quarterback ready to start day one in the NFL, compared to other quarterbacks in the draft. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02XczCp2BbI&t=57s
- He is a quick learner and has very good football IQ. Looked confident, talked with confidence, and is a very passionate player. Not just this video, but look at what some other scouts think and you will see that he has the pedigree of a franchise quarterback. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuJcPzb815A & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXuuiaj7YzU
- He has a strong arm, perfect size at 6’4’’ 230lbs, and very good speed to escape pressure if need be. Don’t let the combine performance scare you. His pro day was excellent and with time to learn, he will be even better.