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5 Arizona Cardinals Players Who Could Make Pro Bowl in 2014

2014 NFL Pro Bowl: 5 Arizona Cardinals Who Could Be Selected

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The Arizona Cardinals sent three players to the Pro Bowl in 2013: CB Patrick Peterson, WR Larry Fitzgerald (only as a replacement!) and LB Daryl Washington (as a replacement). Washington (suspended for season for again violating the league’s substance abuse policy) and Darnell Dockett (out for the season with a torn ACL) won’t be named to the Pro Bowl this season, but which five players could be?

5. QB Carson Palmer

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5. QB Carson Palmer

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Palmer is not one of the favorites to be named to the Pro Bowl in the NFC this season, but it definitely could happen. Palmer threw for 4,274 yards and 24 TDs last season and led the Cardinals (best team to not make the playoffs) to a 10-6 record in the toughest division in the NFL. He did have 22 interceptions in 2013. If he wants the Cardinals to advance further this season and make the Pro Bowl, Palmer needs to limit the mistakes.

4. DE Calais Campbell

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4. DE Calais Campbell

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The 6-foot-8, 300-pound DE is entering his seventh season in the NFL and he’s never made the Pro Bowl. He was named as an alternate in 2013, after recording a career-high nine sacks. Unfortunately for Campbell, he plays for an organization that does not get much national attention. That will change this season. The Cardinals were playing well at season’s end, and Campbell had a career year. He’s ready to truly break out in 2014.

3. RB Andre Ellington

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3. RB Andre Ellington

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The 5-foot-9, 199-pound RB out of Clemson is entering his second year in the NFL. In 2013 he had 118 carries for 652 yards and three TDs. So far Ellington has not seen much action in the Cardinals’ preseason games, but that will change in Sunday’s game against the Bengals. The 5.5 yards per carry Ellington averaged in 2013 was highest of any RB with at least 100 carries last season. Look for him to find his rhythm and impress in 2014.

2. CB Patrick Peterson

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2. CB Patrick Peterson

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Last season Peterson was the only member of the Cardinals to originally be selected to the Pro Bowl. He was selected as a backup behind Bears cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. For my money the two best cornerbacks in the NFC are Peterson and Richard Sherman, and their feud is highly entertaining. Look for Peterson to play hard and prove he earned the five-year extension he inked this offseason by making the Pro Bowl again.

1. WR Larry Fitzgerald

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1. WR Larry Fitzgerald

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Fitzgerald was selected to the Pro Bowl last season (his seventh) as a replacement for the Bears WR Brandon Marshall when Marshall couldn’t play because of a hip injury. Fitzgerald had a quasi down year for him yardage wise (954) but had 10 TDs. Don’t be surprised if Fitzgerald (still one of the best WRs in the NFL even after 10 seasons) has around 1,200 yards and double-digit TDs in 2014. He’ll be named to the Pro Bowl and not as a replacement.