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Peterson and, yes, Palmer make NFLN 100

Posted by Darren Urban on June 29, 2016 – 5:56 pm

So, in the end, Carson Palmer made it.

On the NFL Network’s annual top 100 list, the quarterback’s huge 2015 season earned him No. 12 on the rankings, joining teammate Patrick Peterson (at No. 18) in the top 20 as what I would expect to be the final two Cardinals in the countdown. The top 10 players are announced next week.

Barring a top 10 surprise, the Cardinals ended up with six players on the list: Calais Campbell, Chandler Jones, Tyrann Mathieu, Larry Fitzgerald and then, of course, Palmer and Peterson.

While this list isn’t the end-all-be-all, it shows the respect the players on the Cardinals’ roster have across the league. You can argue about where the players were ranked, of course. I can’t say I’ve paid close attention to where the non-Cardinals are, although at first glance I don’t know if there are 17 players worthy of being ahead of Peterson after the season he had in 2015, but again, that’s what June and July are for — debate in the dead of the offseason. (It’s fair to wonder if Peterson was ranked too high last year.)

But it was good to see Palmer on the list. It’s his first appearance since the list came out and since he was discussed as an MVP candidate, it was kind of a no-brainer. When your quarterback is considered among the top 12 players in the league, your team is probably in pretty good shape.


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11 Responses to “Peterson and, yes, Palmer make NFLN 100”

  1. By Eric G on Jun 30, 2016 | Reply

    Peterson definitely ranked way too low considering he always faces the top receivers and shuts them down. Doesn’t matter in the end, let’s get a ring this season.

  2. By clssylssy on Jun 30, 2016 | Reply

    Josh Norman ahead of ANY of our players on “the list”…I dont think so even on their worst day? As a Corner, I dont even consider him in the top 5 for the position but rather a situational player who was made to look better than he really is by the talent around him. Being ranked ahead of Peterson is a real slap in the face and underscores the uselessness of these lists. Palmer got hosed and should have been in the top ten…certainly ahead of Aaron Rogers! So much for “lists”, soon writer will have something of substance to write about with camp now less than a month away!
    As for Luck’s contract, what BS…he’s not even elite and makes me worry about the implications this will have for other teams. With players now wanting more money guaranteed, I have to blame the owners who have failed to honor contracts & forcing players to renegotiate a year or two down the road in order to stay under the cap and still remain competitive paying other players. Seems like are newer generation of future stars are not concerned with being “team friendly” just being the highest paid at their position. But, as I keep hearing, “It’s just business” (and costs can be passed on to the consume😫

  3. By Scott H on Jun 30, 2016 | Reply

    Sweet justice for Palmer. He is legitimately a damn good QB and he played the best he ever played in 2015. I won’t say he should have been Top 10 but being anywhere out of the top 15 would have been just plain wrong.

    BUT the issue remains with Palmer that he has not played well on the big stages. He has come up small in playoff games and that is the sobering reality. Didn’t get his first post-season win until 2015 and even that was a rather shaky performance. I absolutely believe he has true greatness in him, but….that will not be realized until he gets it done in the playoffs, nothing shy of a SB appearance or a SB win. He has everything around him to make it happen. This is truly gonna be a defining season for Carson Palmer. If he stays healthy, nothing shy of a SB appearance is really going to be acceptable for him.

    As Kevin Costner said in Tin Cup – when a defining moment comes along, you either define the moment or the moment defines you. And that pretty much says it all. He has everything he could ask for at his disposal. He’s gotta make it happen now.

  4. By John on Jun 30, 2016 | Reply

    What about David Johnson?

  5. By TheLoyalTen on Jun 30, 2016 | Reply

    “When your quarterback is considered among the top 12 players in the league, your team is probably in pretty good shape…”

    aka Stoked. #SB51

  6. By Scott H on Jun 30, 2016 | Reply

    Darren –

    So….Palmer coming from not being on the list before to #12….that is a jump of 88 spaces ( at least! )…..do you know, is that the biggest jump made by any player on the list this year? Granted, still some players yet to appear. But after how Palmer played in 2015….who else could you say was that much better in 2015 than he was before then?? I can think of no one.

    That also puts him on the list with C-Jones and the Honey Badger as players that were not on the list previously but all jumped into the Top 50 this year. Damn, tell me people aren’t taking notice of our team and our players in a BIG-TIME way right now!

    And for what it’s worth, I think DJ should absolutely have made this list, even if toward the back end. I guess thinking he could appear in the top 10 would be a little crazy….but somewhere in the 80’s? Hell, yeah, he definitely belonged in that neighborhood. Where all our other guys placed does not forgive that omission!

  7. By texascard on Jun 30, 2016 | Reply

    Scottie h. That’s why I keep preaching about the run game. A commitment to a quality run game will help Palmer get over the hump. That’s why I keep preaching about sound clock management by BA. Smart coaching will help Palmer over the hump. He can do it. He proved it on the ten minute drive in fourth quarter of packer game. He needs some help though to keep him from thinking he has to force things because he feels pressure that he has to do it himself.

  8. By Berdj Joseph Rassam on Jun 30, 2016 | Reply

    Interesting to see Palmer ranked so high.

  9. By Scott H on Jul 1, 2016 | Reply

    Berdj –

    Hmmm….why “interesting” to see Palmer ranked so high? Were you expecting something different??

  10. By Scott H on Jul 1, 2016 | Reply

    texascard –

    Oh, I don’t disagree with any of what you say about being more run-oriented and how that can help Palmer / the whole offense for that matter. But let’s be honest – offenses are not RB-driven these days. They are QB-driven. Ultimately, Palmer has to be the guy who orchestrates this thing. The tires and the engine need to be up to the task of carrying this car around the track but Palmer is the guy in the driver’s seat.

    And we know we need the defense to operate on a different level as well. The way the Broncos D played in that last SB, we saw that Manning really just needed to stay out of the way and play efficient. But they also needed him not to kill them with bad plays. But I don’t know if our defense is gonna play at THAT level, ya know? So, we can’t just ask Palmer to stay out of the way and not kill us. He has to play well and lead the offense on drives that put points on the board.

    But….if Palmer turns in another performance like he did in Carolina last year….are the defense or the run game gonna be able to over-come that??? Not likely if the other team is cashing in on the turnovers.

    But that said, I’m all in favor of more ball control, holding the ball longer, time-consuming drives. It KILLS the other team when their offense can’t get on the field.

  11. By faster on Jul 2, 2016 | Reply

    i`m not surprised about palmer, and peterson had a bit to prove after his 14 season. maybe therefore he is only 18th.

    but i missed frostee rucker, he deserved a place in the 90th, and i missed especially chris johnson, he would have deserved a place between 60 and 70th.

    i know, the differende between the players in the 60th to the 90th and the players who missed out are small, and it is mostly feeling, that decides this places, but rucker for the whole season, and chris johnson as long as he played were for me under the best 100 of the NFL (david johnson was sometimes better then chris, but over the whole season not so).
    biased? maybe, but look at the results.

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