The Arizona Cardinals look to be a serious contender for the Lombardi Trophy in the 2016 NFL season. With the season in less than a month, what better way to get ready than to breakdown the Cardinals roster. Below, is the Cardinals QB depth going into this year.
1.Carson Palmer- Carson Palmer will start for the Cardinals in 2016, no questions asked. He has proven, in the last three seasons, that he is ready and able to lead the Cardinals into the playoffs. Palmer has continued to improve under Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin. As long as the injury bug stays away, there is no reason the Cardinals do not at least make it to the NFC Championship Game.
2.Drew Stanton- Drew Stanton has been an extremely reliable back up for the Cardinals since he was signed in 2013. He won two games last season when Palmer hurt his shoulder. Bruce Arians also had Stanton as a backup QB when he was the offensive coordinator and interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Arians likes Stanton’s ability as a dual-threat quarterback and his ability to execute plays.
3.Jacob Coker- Coker is probably the most intriguing of the four quarterbacks. At 6’5″ 236 pounds, he has a lot of potential to thrive in the Cardinals’ scheme that caters to pocket passing quarterbacks. In his first preseason game, Coker had accuracy issues and did not show that he had a true grasp on how to properly read coverages and execute plays.
4.Matt Barkley- Bruce Arians normally keeps three quarterbacks on his roster, and I don’t believe that Matt Barkley will make him change his mind. Barkley was a phenomenal college QB, but his skills never properly translated into the NFL. Given that this is only his fourth season in the pros, I still believe he has the potential to grow. Barkley, like Coker, also struggled in the first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, going 8 of 24 for 121 yards and an interception.
QB1: Carson Palmer
QB2: Drew Stanton
QB3: Jacob Coker
I believe that Coker will get the 3rd QB spot over Matt Barkley, simply because of his potential and his fit with the Cardinals scheme. Also, Barkley did not even come up in the QB conversation in Philadelphia with two subpar players (Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel) ahead of him. With that said, I can’t see why he would be in a better position with more talented quarterbacks.