Arizona Cardinals training camp preview: Quarterbacks

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The Cardinals are 11 days from having veterans report for training camp so we’re starting the first in a series of articles about each positional group to get ready for camp. Today, we examine the quarterback position and we’ll go all the way through the special teams unit next Friday.

Arizona’s quarterback situation is rather simple to explain–for half of it anyways.

Carson Palmer is going to be the starter for the season unless something happens. He started all 16 games last season and threw for more than 4,000 yards as Arizona finished 10-6. He had an issue early in the season with interceptions and wound up with 22 of them for the year. After the team’s loss at home to Seattle, the offense got tweaked to Palmer’s strong suit (shorter, accurate passes) and the results were immediate and immense. Arizona went 7-2 after a 3-4 start once the offense was modified.

Should Palmer go down, that’s where the question marks rise up in fast and furious fashion.

Drew Stanton was listed last season as the backup quarterback but it’s unknown what’s he’s capable of. He’s more like the Maytag Repairman of the NFL since he hasn’t thrown a pass in the league since 2010.

Ryan Lindley was the third quarterback last season but didn’t see the field either. When he was on the field, he was weak and put out poor results. Lindley has zero career touchdown passes and is now in his third season in the league.

Arizona drafted Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech in the fourth round (120th overall) at May’s NFL Draft and he adds to the backup logjam.

Two questions linger over this position as we count down to training camp. First, if Palmer goes down hurt who steps up in his place? Secondly, Arizona will carry three quarterbacks on the roster. Of Lindley, Stanton and Logan, which one of them is out of a job?

Tomorrow, we’ll break down the running back position and discuss the potential for Andre Ellington.