Cardinals make top-10 in NFL.com’s preseason power rankings

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The NFL preseason officially got underway this past Sunday night with the annual Hall of Fame Game. You know what that means: It’s preseason rankings time!

NFL Media analyst Elliot Harrison released his first set of preseason power rankings, and the Arizona Cardinals cracked the top-10; in fact they’re No. 6 on Harrison’s list.

Here’s what Harrison had to say about the Cardinals:

“The Cardinals were leap-frogged by the Cowboys because Dallas scooped up rookie offensive lineman La’el Collins and Arizona receiver Michael Floyd dislocated three fingers. Still, this might seem high to some folks. But quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Andre Ellington being (relatively) healthy is a big deal. The latter has taken some knocks for his 2014 campaign, which is grossly unfair, considering he played hurt for much of the year. You try playing hurt and logging 20 touches a game. At least he didn’t have to do it in a tough division stacked with great defenses, right?”

Arizona dropped two spots from where they were in Harrison’s post-NFL Draft power rankings. Here’s what he had to say about the Cardinals then:

“It might be all the rage to say Seattle could get toppled in the NFC West this year, but we’re not there yet. Arizona had itself a fine draft, particularly with the selection of offensive tackle D.J. HumphriesDavid Johnson, a running back nabbed in the third round, could end up playing the most snaps this season. All that said, Carson Palmer must put up a bigger — or more efficient — campaign than normal for the Cards to take the division. (How about 3,700 yards, 28 TDs and a 100 passer rating?) Cardinal to keep an eye on: Bucannon, Deone.”

We’ll see where Harrison has the Cardinals ranked following their preseason opener with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday evening. Arizona head coach Bruce Arians says the plan is for the first team offense and defense to get “a series and get outta there,” depending on how they look. Then, Arians says, it’ll be time to evaluate the younger players on the roster.

“We gotta do a better job with the young guys (in the) fourth quarter to try and win the game, because we’re always playing to win,” Arians said. “They didn’t show up well enough in that scrimmage we had the other day to try and win a game.”

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