Carson Palmer among seven Cardinals selected to Pro Bowl


Carson Palmer, QB, third Pro Bowl selection: When he's healthy, Palmer has proven he's one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He made his first Pro Bowl since 2006 on the heels of a career season. He set a career high for passing yards and is one touchdown pass away from setting a personal mark, as well -- all done a year after tearing his ACL and at age 35.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ninth Pro Bowl selection: Like his quarterback, Fitzgerald had a breakout season in 2015. He recorded his first 1,000-yard season since 2011 and is four catches away from tying his career high of 103. He also caught three touchdown passes in a game for the first time in the regular season and eclipsed 1,000 career catches earlier this year.

Patrick Peterson, CB, fifth Pro Bowl selection: Peterson has quietly had one of the best seasons of any cornerback in the NFL. He's consistently eliminating the offense's top wide receiver as a threat, and, among cornerbacks who have played at least 50 percent of their team's snaps, Peterson has the second-lowest completion percentage against him, as well as the third fewest yards.

Calais Campbell, DT, second Pro Bowl selection: Campbell's numbers are down this season, especially with 2.5 sacks, his fewest since his rookie season. But he has had to adjust to playing more inside. His second-straight Pro Bowl selection is a validation of Campbell's ability to dominate the interior of an offensive line without putting up gaudy numbers.

Tyrann Mathieu, S, first Pro Bowl selection: The Honey Badger won't be playing in his first Pro Bowl after he was put on IR by the Cardinals earlier Tuesday with a torn right ACL suffered Sunday night. But he was having the best season of his career until the injury. All five of his interceptions -- which tied for the Cardinals' lead and ranks tied for sixth in the NFL -- came from the slot. He was one of three players in the NFL with at least 80 tackles and five interceptions.

Mike Iupati, G, fourth Pro Bowl selection: The Pro Bowl is becoming an annual trip for the left guard. He has ranked as the fourth-best run blocking guard, according to Pro Football Focus, and has allowed just two sacks, five quarterback hits and eight quarterback hurries.

Justin Bethel, ST, third Pro Bowl selection: Consistently a threat to block field goals and punts, Bethel has become a force as a gunner. Opponents regularly double- and even triple-team the fourth-year special teams player.


Rashad Johnson, S: Johnson is tied for sixth in the NFL with five interceptions but it's what can't be quantified that should have made him a Pro Bowler. He has been the quarterback of one of the best defenses in the NFL for the past few years and he has been reaping the rewards this season.

David Johnson, RB: It's understandable why the rookie didn't make the Pro Bowl but he has had a Pro Bowl-esque season. Johnson has been playing beyond his years the past few games in place of Chris Johnson, averaging 126 yards per game in his past three. He also has 12 total touchdowns -- seven rushing, four receiving and one return -- and became the first rookie in NFL history to have a rushing, receiving and kickoff-return touchdown in the first two games of his career.