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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals finished the 2015 regular season with a 13-3 record. They claimed the NFC West title as well as the second seed in the NFC playoff picture.They also had seven different players chosen for the Pro Bowl, along with one other who is listed as an alternate.Therefore, it should come as little surprise if and/or when some of their players or coaches get recognized for their performances in various ways, just as four of their stars were named to the ProFootballFocus.com All-Pro Team. Cornerback (slot): Tyrann Mathieu, CardinalsSecond team:Chris Harris, Jr., BroncosIt’s a real shame that Mathieu had his season cut short, but he still put enough on tape that his inclusion as our slot corner was never really in doubt. He does it all from the spot, and his ability to contribute is every phase of the game is something to behold.Honorable mention: Captain Munnerlyn (MIN)A fifth Cardinal was honored as Justin Bethel was named to the Second-team for special teams. A dynamo in that phase of the game, the site felt bad he wasn’t on the first-team.Special teamer: Michael Thomas, DolphinsSecond team: Justin Bethel, CardinalsIt almost feels like heresy to say that Bethel isn’t first team, but that’s how good the Dolphins’ Thomas has been.Honorable mention: D.J. Alexander (KC)The Cardinals will not take the field again until Jan. 16, when they will host the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers or Washington Redskins at University of Phoenix Stadium. Wide receiver (slot): Larry Fitzgerald, CardinalsSecond team:Doug Baldwin, SeahawksReinvented as a slot threat, Fitzgerald rolled back the years to show how productive—and dangerous—of a receiver he still is. He had to be that good to keep Baldwin off the first team, given how the Seahawk finished the year.Honorable mention: Jarvis Landry (MIA)On the other side of the ball, it was Arizona’s secondary that really stood out, with cornerback Patrick Peterson and safety Tyrann Mathieu making the team.Peterson notched a career-low 35 tackles this season to go along with just two interceptions — a mark that also ties for the fewest in any of his five professional seasons — but only saw down numbers because quarterbacks mostly refused to throw the ball in his direction.Cornerback (outside): Patrick Peterson, CardinalsSecond team: Josh Norman, PanthersIt isn’t easy tracking the top receivers in this league. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be, but clearly Peterson didn’t get that memo, because he’s had no difficulty doing so. His consistent, shutdown play is something we don’t often witness.Honorable mentions: Darius Slay (DET) and Jason Verrett (SD)Peterson’s teammate, Mathieu, saw his season end in Week 15 with a torn ACL, though it figures it occurred after he made an interception. The third-year pro finished with 89 combined tackles, a career-high five interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and 17 passes defensed while lining up all over the field. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) makes a catch as Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) and linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) pursue during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On offense, both quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Larry Fitzgerald earned a nod.Of Palmer, who set a franchise record for passing yards (4,671) and touchdowns (35) in a season while completing 63.7 percent of his passes, the site writes:Quarterback: Carson Palmer, CardinalsSecond team: Tom Brady, PatriotsWhat a year for Palmer, who not only came back from what many presumed to be a career-defining injury, but did so by playing better than he ever has. What made Palmer so impressive was his ability to destroy defenses deep, with an impressive 34 deep completions (10 of which went for touchdowns). On our second team, Brady just edges out Cam Newton, doing a remarkable job, considering the issues the Patriots’ offense had with injuries.Honorable mentions: Cam Newton (CAR) and Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)The 36-year-old Palmer came back from a torn ACL with a vengeance, putting together a career-best season at an age in which many believe he should be slowing down.A similar thing could be said for Fitzgerald, who set a career high with 109 receptions to go along with 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns. The last time he reached at least 100 catches was 2007 and it was in 2011 when he last reached the 1,000-yard mark. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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