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ESPN's Carter: Carson Palmer helps, but other Cardinals must do their jobs

Receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes a catch in front of safety Justin Bethel during Arizona Cardinals training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on Aug. 22, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter knows Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald about as well as anyone, so watching him suffer with the team's quarterback situation the last couple years was no fun for him.

Needless to say, he's glad to see Carson Palmer take the reins, but knows that alone will not mean a return to prominence for No. 11.

The offensive line must improve.

"Carson can throw it, he's still in great shape," Carter told Arizona Sports 620's Bickley with Marotta Thursday. "He's still got a lot of action in his arm, but you've got to give him time to throw the ball.

"And, they need someone else from the skill-set -- tight end, wide receiver -- to step up and take some of that pressure off of Larry on the outside."

Carter added that Palmer is a "huge" part of the equation to fixing the team's offensive issues, and he's looking forward to seeing what the new QB/WR duo can do on the field in 2013.

"But other people have to do their jobs," he said.

About the Author


School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.

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