Palmer completed 19 of 36 passes for 332 yards with one touchdown and one interception while adding six yards on three rushes in Sunday's 16-13 overtime win at Indianapolis. Palmer failed to connect with Larry Fitzgerald on 4th and goal from the one-yard line early in the second quarter, but did eventually find pay dirt in the fourth on a 45-yard pass to J.J. Nelson to spur a late comeback from a 13-3 deficit. While the running game stumbled in David Johnson's (wrist) absence, Nelson and Jaron Brown stepped up at wide receiver with John Brown (quad) out and Fitzgerald having a quiet day. Arizona's offense still possesses enough weapons to make Palmer dangerous in favorable matchups, though Week 3's Monday Night Football matchup with the Cowboys isn't one of those.
Palmer completed 27 of 48 passes for 269 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions during Sunday's defeat at Detroit. The Cardinals' pass-to-run ratio (48:18) was a bit odd, considering head coach Bruce Arians had David Johnson at his disposal and Arizona held a lead until the 9:27 mark of the fourth quarter. During the course of the game, Johnson was lost with what has been deemed a sprained wrist, while left tackle D.J. Humphries sustained a knee injury of unknown severity. If those two key cogs miss time -- Johnson, at the very least, is expected to do so -- much of the offensive onus could land on Palmer's right arm. With one reliable option likely down, Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson, John Brown and Andre Ellington may have to suffice as Palmer's top receivers for the time being.
Palmer completed eight of 13 passes for 86 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's 24-14 preseason win over the Falcons. Palmer found John Brown on a 28-yard score to cap off an impressive 12-play, 90-yard drive for the first points of the evening for either club. The veteran exited the game after the conclusion of that possession early in the second quarter, having helmed a total of three drives. The plan coming in had been to limit Palmer's snaps overall, so the relatively early exit (for a third preseason contest) wasn't surprising. Palmer is expect to sit out the Cardinals' fourth and final preseason contest against the Broncos on Thursday in order to ensure his health for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Lions.
Palmer will max out at approximately 30 snaps in Saturday's preseason game at Atlanta, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians placed a cap on the starting unit, but it doesn't apply to David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, who will both get just a brief series on the field. If Palmer reaches the expected number of snaps, he'll have built up from 15 in preseason Week 1 to 30 in the upcoming exhibition. Once he yields the floor to the reserves, Drew Stanton will likely receive the next chance to direct the offense.
Palmer completed nine of 14 passes for 67 yards and a score in Saturday's preseason game against Chicago. After the first two drives ended with punts, Palmer finished his night with an 11-play, 43-yard drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham. The Cardinals would've liked to get more out of their wide receivers after head coach Bruce Arians mentioned the position as a concern during the week. There's only so much Palmer can do if Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson don't have any productive complements in the offense. There's still hope in Arizona that John Brown (quad) can get healthy and stay that way, though it's unclear if he'll play at all this preseason. Jaron Brown started Saturday's game, less than 10 months removed from a torn ACL.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||San Francisco 49ers||27||20.67|
|6||10/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||16.00|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Rams||13||16.00|
|9||11/05||@San Francisco 49ers||27||20.67|
|13||12/03||Los Angeles Rams||13||16.00|
|16||12/24||New York Giants||15||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||62.3||3510||24||9||29||0||277|