Of all the quarterbacks in the AFC West, Carson Palmer is probably the least recognizable. Prior to last season, he had been sitting on his couch before the Oakland Raiders needed a major spot filled when Jason Campbell was lost six weeks into the season due to injury.
Palmer has shown some promise in the past. There’s a reason he was taken No.1 in the 2003 draft. During his NFL career, he was named to the Pro Bowl team twice. During his eight year career, he has 25,447 passing yards, 167 touchdowns, and 116 interceptions.
Palmer played in the American Century Championship last weekend, and told Alex Flanagan of NBC Sports that he thinks the Raiders are a playoff team this year.
“I think we’re a playoff team. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’ve been at it in OTAs and minicamps and now training camp’s around the corner. Guys have been studying hard and working on the new system. And it’s ‘go’ time. There is no cushion or a year to get kind of momentum going. We’re ready to come in to camp and go out and win as many games as we can.” – Carson Palmer (Pro Football Talk)
In order for the Raiders to be contenders, they will have to rely heavily on Darren McFadden rather than Palmer and the team’s young receivers. Then again, all 32 NFL teams think they’re playoff bound right now. It’s July.