Every week, theScore will go division by division, highlighting which three gamers’ performances will most impression their staff’s season in 2017.

Robert Nkemdiche

Calais Campbell – and his fifty six.5 profession sacks – has left for Jacksonville, so another person should fill the substantial hole left behind on Arizona’s defensive position.

Nkemdiche was drafted twenty ninth general in 2016 with the expectation he’d be Campbell’s eventual alternative. Nevertheless, he performed in solely 5 video games throughout his rookie season, managing only one deal with and drawing the wrath of coach Bruce Arians. Nonetheless, he’ll be given each alternative to bounce again in 2017.

Arizona had the second-greatest protection within the NFL final season, and Nkemdiche should contribute to ensure that the Cardinals to maintain their perch.

Carson Palmer

Few would argue that how Palmer fares in 2017 will decide how the Cardinals end. His profession-greatest 2015 season coincided with a visit to the NFC Championship Recreation, and his fall again to earth final yr resulted in a disappointing, playoff-much less end.

Palmer has been by way of greater than most throughout his NFL profession. He suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his first playoff recreation with Cincinnati, tried to drive a commerce from that franchise earlier than getting into a pseudo-retirement, and tore his ACL once more in 2014 with the Cardinals. He is now getting into his fifteenth season and does not have any time to waste.

For Palmer to money in on Arizona’s championship potential and reap the benefits of what’s left of his personal profession, he’ll need to rebound this season.

Tyrann Mathieu

The “Honey Badger” is a jack-of-all trades who’s thrust himself into the dialog as probably the greatest defensive gamers within the league. He was even garnering help for the Defensive Participant of the Yr award in 2015 earlier than he suffered a season-ending damage.

Mathieu returned in 2016, however performed in simply 10 video games as a result of a partial shoulder dislocation. If he returns absolutely wholesome in 2017, he’ll have as massive an impression as any on how the Cardinals end.

Arians just lately declared that Mathieu’s shoulder is one hundred pc, whereas the participant is nearing that mark with the suitable knee he injured two seasons in the past. The Cardinals will want the security-linebacker hybrid in peak type to get the place they need to go.

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