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Offensive tackle Bobby Massie could wind up as the team's best rookie.
Team MVP: CB Patrick Peterson
Peterson is one of the team’s most dynamic players and has game-changing ability. He returned four punts for touchdowns last year, one of which was an overtime return that beat the St. Louis Rams. As good as he is in the return game, Peterson is expected to improve as a defender and become a lockdown corner. If he’s successful, Peterson will be one of the best all-around players in the league.
Rookie of the Year: OT Bobby Massie
While wide receiver Michael Floyd was the first-round pick, balls in the air will find veteran Larry Fitzgerald more often than Floyd. If the Cardinals are going to have any kind of success, it will be because they got decent quarterback play.
In order for that to happen, the offensive line must play well. Massie was a fourth-rounder from Mississippi and has a real shot at winning a starting job at right tackle. He has NFL ability and was a steal that late in the draft. If Massie starts and the Cardinals contend for the division, it will be because Massie played well.
Defensive Player of the Year: CB Patrick Peterson
Offensive Player of the Year: WR Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald is a perennial Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer. He’s still at the top of his game and has probably the best hands in the league. He fell 20 yards shy of his career-high receiving yards with “only” 1411, but set a career-high with a 17.6 yards per catch average. It was his sixth 1000-yard receiving season and he did it with two mediocre quarterbacks. There is no reason to believe Fitz won’t have another great year, even if the team doesn’t.