Can Carson Palmer make it through an entire season?
The Cardinals were 7-1 last year before Palmer tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season. Palmer is the key if the Cardinals hope to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Palmer is now 35-years old and coming off a second ACL surgery. The offensive line will be critical to the Cardinals success as they must limit how many hits their starting quarterback takes.
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Can Andre Ellington have a bounce-back year?
Ellington struggled during his second season in the NFL, when many expected he would break out. He averaged only 3.3 yards per carry and battled injures throughout the season. Ellington will need to be a big part of their offense. He has looked good throughout OTAs and minicamp and must continue that trend into the regular season.
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Will Cardinals be able to overcome the loss of Antonio Cromartie?
Whenever a team loses a starting cornerback, especially someone with the talent of Cromartie, it's a tough loss. Luckily, the Cardinals have a few guys ready to step up. Jerraud Powers and Justin Bethel could help fill the void left by Cromartie. The Cardinals will need to figure out during training camp which players fit better on the outside and which fit better on the inside. Powers and Bethel will need to prove that they are ready to help lead the secondary with Patrick Peterson.
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What are realistic expectations for Larry Fitzgerald?
Fitzgerald has not reached 1,000 yards receiving in a season since 2011. The good news for Cardinals fans is it looks like he has developed a nice rapport with QB Carson Palmer. With the emergence of John Brown and Michael Floyd, Fitzgerald could find himself with much more open space this season. The Cardinals will need to find a way in training camp to make Fitzgerald a focal point of their offense.
How will the loss of DC Todd Bowles affect the defense?
Bowles was one of the best defensive minds in the game. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, he is now the head coach of the New York Jets. The Cardinals hired from within and promoted James Bettcher to defensive coordinator. Even though Bettcher has stated he will run the same schemes as Bowles, he will need to establish his own identity during training camp. If Bettcher can gain the trust of his players in camp, their defense should once again be one of the best in the NFL.