One thing was clear in the Arizona Cardinals' season opener, Carson Palmer has more than Larry Fitzgerald as a reliable target.
Sure, Fitzgerald had eight catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns, but Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd had big games, too, although it was for naught in a 27-24 loss to St. Louis.
Roberts caught nine passes, matching his career best, for 97 yards, many of them coming on third down and more than a few accompanied by crunching hits from the Rams' defense. Floyd, entering his second season after Arizona drafted him in the first round out of Notre Dame, had a 44-yard grab to set up the Cardinals' first touchdown. He finished with four receptions for 82 yards.
''It's definitely good to see them do it in a regular-season game, being our first time together,'' Palmer said before Wednesday's practice. ''But I'm not surprised whatsoever. I expect more out of those guys. I'll always tell them that. Anytime any one of them is 1-on-1, they have to win.''