5 Arizona Cardinals Who Must Step Up In 2016

By Brad Berreman

The Arizona Cardinals reached the NFC Championship Game last year, and then quarterback Carson Palmer had a brutal performance on a big stage. Expectations are high again this year though, and here are five Cardinals who have to step up in 2016.

5 Arizona Cardinals Who Must Step Up In 2016
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5. RT D.J. Humphries

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Humphries was not injured, yet he was inactive for every game of his rookie season in 2015. Now clearly the favorite to start at right tackle for a team with a Super Bowl goal, Humphries has to justify his status as a first-round pick.

5. RT D.J. Humphries

Humphries was not injured, yet he was inactive for every game of his rookie season in 2015. Now clearly the favorite to start at right tackle for a team with a Super Bowl goal, Humphries has to justify his status as a first-round pick.

4. WR John Brown

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Brown topped 1,000 yards last season, with 65 catches and seven touchdowns, but a late-season fade has head coach Bruce Arians looking for better things this year. A third-year boom could be coming, and Arizona's offense would be better for it.

4. WR John Brown

Brown topped 1,000 yards last season, with 65 catches and seven touchdowns, but a late-season fade has head coach Bruce Arians looking for better things this year. A third-year boom could be coming, and Arizona's offense would be better for it.

3. DE/OLB Chandler Jones

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The Cardinals needed to add to their pass rush this offseason, and they acquired Jones from the New England Patriots in a trade. Entering the final year of his contract, Jones can put himself in line for a huge pay day with a big 2016.

3. DE/OLB Chandler Jones

The Cardinals needed to add to their pass rush this offseason, and they acquired Jones from the New England Patriots in a trade. Entering the final year of his contract, Jones can put himself in line for a huge pay day with a big 2016.

2. RB David Johnson

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Johnson emerged down the stretch of his rookie season last year, and he enters 2016 as Arizona's clear lead back. The Northern Iowa product has to be a key component of what should be one of the NFL's best offenses.

2. RB David Johnson

Johnson emerged down the stretch of his rookie season last year, and he enters 2016 as Arizona's clear lead back. The Northern Iowa product has to be a key component of what should be one of the NFL's best offenses.

1. WR Michael Floyd

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Dislocated fingers in camp derailed Floyd's 2015 early, but he finished strong with five 100-yard games over the final eight. Entering a contract year, and with Larry Fitzgerald getting older, it's time for Floyd to become a No. 1 wide receiver.

1. WR Michael Floyd

Dislocated fingers in camp derailed Floyd's 2015 early, but he finished strong with five 100-yard games over the final eight. Entering a contract year, and with Larry Fitzgerald getting older, it's time for Floyd to become a No. 1 wide receiver.

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