Cardinals represented well on’s All-NFC West Team

GLENDALE, Ariz. – For so many years, the NFC West was considered one of the worst divisions in the NFL. It was even called the “NFC Least” by a lot of critics.

Over the last couple of seasons, the division has turned itself into arguably the best in the league, simply because the talent level has been raised on the Cardinals’, Seahawks’, 49ers’ and Rams’ rosters.

Fans of these four teams could put together a killer All-NFC West Team, and none of them would be wrong in their selections. analyst Dave Dameshek spun the wheel and put together his All-NFC West Team, and six Cardinals players – wide receiver Michael Floyd, left guard Mike Iupati, left tackle Jared Veldheer, defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback Patrick Peterson, kicker Chandler Catanzaro – made the cut.

Here’s what Dameshek had to say about them:

Michael Floyd: “He (Floyd) might not rank among the game’s best, but — believe it or not — he’s the best at his position in this division.”

Mike Iupati: “He (Iupati) was a key member of the league’s best line during the too-brief glory years of (Jim) Harbaugh’s Niners. Now a Card(inal), he could help further swing the pendulum south in the West (or at least help Arizona find a running game).”

Jared Veldheer: “The statue-like Carson Palmer requires solid protection to thrive, so it’s a good thing he’s got (Jared) Veldheer. Here’s hoping Jared doesn’t mind getting pushed over to the right side on our team to accommodate the more tenured (Joe) Staley. (I’m sure he’s just happy to be out of Oakland.)”

Calais Campbell: “In spite of injury, suspension and trade, the Cards’ D was a force in 2014. (Calais) Campbell was perhaps the key piece in making this so.”

Patrick Peterson: “(Cardinals’ head coach) Bruce Arians is probably concerned about who’ll be replacing the NFL’s best No. 2 corner, Antonio Cromartie, but at least the Cards will still feature one of the top five CBs in the game.”

Chandler Catanzaro: “The undrafted free agent out of Clemson validated the Cards’ choice to keep him (Catanzaro) over Jay Feely by tying a rookie record for consecutive makes to start a career (17).”


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