The Arizona Cardinals ended the 2014 season exiting the NFL Playoffs in the NFC Wildcard round, losing 27-16 to the Carolina Panthers. They finished the regular season with a record of 11-5. Injuries at the quarterback position tarnished what was still a strong season. Due to this, the Redbirds were forced to quarterback by committee as Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley all played the role of the starter at various points of the year. Against the odds, the Cardinals still managed to average 238.0 passing yards per game.
Over the course of the past months of free agency the Cardinals added some pieces to fill gaps left my players on the defensive side of the football. One of the major offseason losses was in the race to re-sign defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. Cory Redding will replace Dockett, who signed with the 49ers. Redding started 16 games for Indianapolis in 2014, in which he recorded 3.5 sacks and 20 total tackles. To give themselves cover at the linebacker position, they signed Sean Weatherspoon and LaMarr Woodley. This was fueled by news of a potential suspension to linebacker Daryl Washington.
The most notable signing made pertained to strengthening their offensive line. Arizona allowed a total of 28 sacks last season and with the issue of keeping the quarterbacks healthy, reinforcements to protect the pocket was a main priority. Signing 27-year-old guard Mike Iupati will boost the ability to maintain the passing pocket. Last season Iupati started 15 games for the NFC West Division foe San Francisco 49ers and was a coveted free agent. In addition, they have also signed center A.Q. Shipley but this move doesn’t appear to be a permit solution to anchor the offensive line, as he replaces Lyle Sendlein.
Heading into the 2015 NFL Draft Arizona has a few areas to consider improving. These areas include a running back, further supporting the linebackers and also possibility drafting a replacement for cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Having the luxury of standout corner Patrick Peterson, they may choose to pass on finding him a high caliber partner or waiting till the later rounds. Arizona hold the #24 overall pick in the first round. If they decide to pursue a defender in the first round the likes of Virginia linebacker Eli Harold or LSU cornerback Jalen Collins would fill needed roles nicely. If they elect to go the route of an offensive player odds are it will be running back. If either of these two highly rated rushers are on the draft board, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon or Georgia running back Todd Gurley would be the obvious choices. Regardless of who the Cardinals select, TiqIQ will be the place to go for Arizona Cardinals tickets this season.
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