After an up and down 2016 season, the Arizona Cardinals head into the 2017 season with renewed hope and belief.
After 2016 season the Cardinals finished:
3rd in pass attempts
9th in passing yards
Threw the 7th most interceptions
23rd in net yards gained per pass attempt
To say they struggled in 2016 would be an understatement.
However, Pro Football Focus still believes in the Arizona Cardinals passing game, ranking them as the sixth best heading into 2017.
RB David Johnson highlights the Cardinals at No. 6, as all he did in 2016 was field the highest receiving grade among all 62 qualifying running backs. His 92.6 grade was second across all positions, to only Julio Jones. QB Carson Palmer threw the third most TDs on quick passes (21), Larry Fitzgerald finished joint-second with 63 receptions from the slot, and the combination of J.J. Nelson and John Brown gives the Cardinals receiving threats that start to stack up. Can Nelson and Brown increase their yards per route run from last season? If so, watch out NFC West.
The Cardinals are behind: New England, Atlanta, Green Bay, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh in the rankings which seems slightly high to me.
They have talent, but I think 2016 presented more questions than 2015 did answers.
Add to that that 2015 is two years ago and your best two players in the passing game, Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are two years older, I think this is a best case scenario type of situation.
What do you think?