5 Arizona Cardinals’ Players With the Most to Prove in 2014

5 Arizona Cardinals' Players With the Most to Prove in 2014

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The Arizona Cardinals beat out all expectations last year, but there are players on the roster that still need to meet some individual expectations. Some are young guys looking to make a name for themselves or build on success, others are older and trying to prove to themselves that they're not past their prime. Either way, they head into 2014 with a chip on their shoulder.

5. John Abraham, OLB

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5. John Abraham, OLB

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To the world, Abraham has nothing to prove. To himself, however, he may want to prove that he can still play at a high level, despite his age. He's 36 years old and, though he still managed to record 11.5 sacks last year. In the eyes of the world, he's still a great player, but that might not be good enough for him.

4. Carson Palmer, QB

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4. Carson Palmer, QB

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When the Cards first acquired Palmer from the Raiders, it looked like they were just looking for someone to help them skate by. But Palmer put together one of the best seasons of his career with Arizona, and it looks like he'll get the opportunity to build on that success. For Palmer, 2014 will be about proving that he's not too old and that he can still play better than rookie Logan Thomas.

3. Michael Floyd, WR

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3. Michael Floyd, WR

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There were times last season where Floyd showed he has the talent to take over for Larry Fitzgerald, but he still needs to improve. He had over 1,000 yards in 2013, and he'll have to put up similar numbers this season with Fitzgerald getting on in years. Floyd needs to show that last year wasn't a fluke and that he can make big plays in every game.

2. Andre Ellington, RB

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2. Andre Ellington, RB

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After a successful rookie campaign, the Cards will be looking to lean on Ellington this year. He averaged over five yards a carry in 2013, as well as proved that he can be a force in the passing game. Ellington will be looking to make the most out of his carries in 2014, otherwise he'll only be remembered for losing a clump of hair.

1. Larry Foote, ILB

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1. Larry Foote, ILB

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Foote's 2013 campaign never really got started, as he suffered a ruptured bicep early in the season. But in 2012, Foote managed to put together one of the best seasons of his career. He's 34 years old, but he's definitely looking to prove that he's still one of the scariest guys on the defensive side of the ball.


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