Can Carson Palmer lead the playoff hungry Arizona Cardinals after an ACL tear at age 35? It was just last November when Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL against the St. Louis Rams. Before Palmer went down for the Cardinals, he was averaging 271 passing yards per game, had 11 touchdowns 3 interceptions with a 6-0 record. Coming into 2015, can Palmer continue the success he had before his season-ending injury?
Palmer, now 35, is coming off his second major injury coming into the 2015 season. Before his injury, he was playing phenomenal football under center. Palmer has mentioned many times this summer that he is no longer even thinking about his knee anymore and that continuing rehab is only cautionary.
The fact is, Palmer can probably take the birds to the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean you should draft him for your fantasy team. Palmer is a system guy, he’s not Michael Vick or Cam Newton, he’s going to sit in the pocket and believe in Head Coach Bruce Arians system. Regardless of who is the quarterback for Arizona this season, the Cardinals are going to be a good team again this year. Palmer is more than familiar with Arian’s system, has plenty of experience with Arizona’s receiving Corps and still has a good enough arm.
From a fantasy perspective, Palmer is obviously not a #1 quarterback heading into the season. If he can ease past his health concerns, he could be a borderline #1 quarterback by season’s end. Palmer is not someone to target anywhere during the first ten rounds of your fantasy draft, but he could be worth a stash for later in the season.