Projected 2015 starters: Arizona Cardinals


Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here.

Cardinals Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Carson Palmer DE Calais Campbell
  RB Andre Ellington NT Corey Peters
  WR1 Larry Fitzgerald DE Cory Redding
  WR2 Michael Floyd OLB Alex Okafor
  WR3 John Brown ILB Sean Weatherspoon
  TE Troy Niklas ILB Kevin Minter
  LT Jared Veldheer OLB LaMarr Woodley
  LG Mike Iupati CB1 Patrick Peterson
  C Ted Larsen CB2 Jerraud Powers
  RG Jonathan Cooper CB3 Tyrann Mathieu
  RT D.J. Humphries SS Deone Bucannon
  FS Rashad Johnson

» The Cardinals didn't trade for Adrian Peterson, which means Andre Ellington will continue in the lead-back role, with rookie David Johnson as a change-of-pace option.

» Coach Bruce Arians has made it clear that first-round pick D.J. Humphries will have to take the right tackle job away from incumbent starter Bobby Massie. There have been persistent whispers out of Arizona that the coaching staff views Massie as a guard. They drafted Humphries for a reason.

» Nose tackle is wide open following the departure of Dan Williams. Although Alameda Ta'amu is more a true nose, the Cardinals seem likely to go with a combination of Calais Campbell, Corey Peters and Cory Redding, with Ta'amu entering for short-yardage shutdowns.

» LaMarr Woodley is running out of opportunities, but Arians still remembers his glory days when the two were together in Pittsburgh. If Woodley or Alex Okafor slips this summer, second-round pick Markus Golden could push for playing time. Veteran Matt Shaughnessy has been shifted to defensive end in spring practices.

» The Cardinals didn't replace Antonio Cromartie in free agency, which suggests Tyrann Mathieu will handle nickleback duties in addition to playing free safety. This was one of the rare teams to use four safeties with regularity last season, as Deone Bucannon, Rashad Johnson and Tony Jefferson also had weekly roles.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast ranks every starting quarterback on "The Dalton Scale" and goes over all the latest news. Find more Around The NFL content on NFL NOW.