2016 NFL Preseason Outlook: ARIZONA CARDINALS
By: Robert L. Porter Jr.
ARIZONA CARDINALS – NFC WEST
(2015 record 13-3)
KEY ADDITIONS: OG Evan Mathis, DT Robert Ndemdiche (rookie)
KEY DEPARTURES: DE Dwight Freeney
In 2015 the Arizona Cardinals were on the door step of Super Bowl sunday, only to be turned away by Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers. The season ended sooner than the team hoped but they did uncover a budding star in RB David Johnson, the young running back filled in for an injured Chris Johnson and made the most of his opportunity. He exploded all over defenses, showing his running skills as well as his ability to be a huge threat in the passing attack.
CB Patrick Peterson and FS Tyrann Mathieu and two of the NFL elites when it comes to defense, so it is expected that the team will be around to top of most defensive categories like they were a year ago. The team will look for guys like WR John Brown and newly drafted DT Robert Ndemdiche to be those players needed to move this team from a NFC championship contender to a possible Super Bowl championship winner.
KEY PLAYERS: RB David Johnson, QB Carson Palmer, FS Tyrann Mathieu, CB Patrick Peterson