|Offense||1st||119.8 (8th)||288.5 (2nd)|
|Defense||5th||91.2 (5th)||230.4 (8th)|
Set to turn 33 shortly before Week 1, Fitzgerald only has one year remaining on his contract, but he remained effective last season even as John Brown and Michael Floyd also thrived in the excellent Arizona offense. While a repeat of 2015's 109-1,215-9 receiving line is probably too much to ask, Fitzgerald proved beyond any shred of doubt that he can still play at a high level. Barring a major injury or steep downturn in effectiveness, he'll likely stick around beyond 2016, be it in Arizona or elsewhere. With Floyd also entering the final year of his contract and likely seeking a big deal afterward, the Cardinals probably won't retain both receivers past 2016.
Embedded within his second rehab effort from a torn ACL -- the other occurred near the end of his rookie year in 2013 -- Mathieu's reticence to take the field isn't a shock, especially after logging just 13 games in a generally subpar 2014 season. With an unimpeded offseason under his belt last fall, he was the centerpiece of the
Rucker was plagued by an ankle injury from Week 12 onward, missing three games off the bat and approaching his typical snap count (33 to 44) in the Cardinals' five games thereafter. Including playoffs, he totaled three sacks among 34 tackles, to which he added one forced fumble and one fumble recovery across 15 games. As a precaution, he may miss a portion of the offseason program in order to avoid a setback, but his rehab doesn't appear as if it will extend into training camp.
Mathieu is coming off his second ACL tear in three years since entering the league, but has proven to be one of the most unique defensive weapons during his time in Arizona. Prior to his injury late last season, Mathieu registered 89 tackles, five interceptions and one defensive touchdown, emerging as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate along the way. With his latest rehabilitation said to be progressing quite well, Mathieu's upcoming extension reportedly could make him the NFL's highest-paid safety, evidencing the remarkable impression he's made since dropping to the third round in 2013.
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