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Palmer feeling comfortable in first full season

Quarterback Carson Palmer is in his first full season with the Raiders. He arrived midseason last year and without benefit of an offseason or training camp, yet he stepped in for the injured Jason Campbell and showed that he still has what it takes to be a top-tier quarterback.
Palmer has looked sharp in camp so far. He looks at ease with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp’s West Coast offense, rolling out without difficulty, making every throw and displaying the kind of leadership that coach Dennis Allen wants from his quarterback.
He spoke with the media after practice Tuesday. Here’s the transcript:

Q: Did you throw the ball to Goodson on the play he got hurt–did you see what happened?
PALMER: I didn’t see it. I threw it to him and then he had cut up field and I turned around was walking back towards the huddle. I heard the hit and turned around and saw him on the ground.

Q: How scary is it to see that?
PALMER: It’s scary when it happens to anybody. When you hear of a neck or a back injury or a head injury it scares you. Just so disappointed for Mike, just because he’d been doing so good and had look so explosive and so fast. Everybody was getting excited about what he could do for our team. We’re all praying and hoping it isn’t serious.

Q: How hard is it to keep practicing after something like that?
PALMER: It’s not easy. But that’s the game. You don’t want to say it, but that’s part of the deal. Guys go down and sometimes they go off on stretchers, sometimes they go off on the back of a little golf cart, sometimes they go off on their own. But it’s just part of the game. Unfortunately you practice it because you have to do it in games. You have to get off the field in the middle of the game.

Q: How is it going for you so far?
PALMER: It’s been a grind. Tomorrow’s the seventh day in a row full padded practice. With double-days every other day. Lots of meetings, lots of installs. But a great opportunity, especially for young guys and really for everybody just because everything is so new. A lot of stuff, it is our second time installing it since we stalled it in the OTAs and in minicamp. But just a great opportunity to learn and we’re getting every opportunity to do it. Long meetings. Long hours. Long hours on the field. But that’s why we’re here, that’s what we’re here for. After this first preseason game, going into the second game, we’re going to have a really good dose of the playbook under our belts and will have had lots of reps because of all the opportunities we’re getting practicing.

Q: You knew about all the boots and movement in this West Coast offense. But now that you’re out here doing them at almost full speed, is it feeling natural for you?
PALMER: It’s really not a whole lot different or more than I’ve done in the past. It gets talked about a lot and I’m not sure exactly why–it’s just different launch points, like coach Knapp said. I’m very comfortable doing it and enjoying everything we’re installing in the offense. The boots, the nakeds, the half-rolls… there’s so many different launch points you throw the ball from in this offense. The more opportunities I get a chance to do it, I’m liking it more and more.

Q: The timing with the WRs seems to be even more important because you’re both on the move. Does that make the relationship with the WRs even more important?
PALMER: I don’t think it does. But you’re right, when you’re on the move and you’re running towards the sideline, the receiver can only run so far before he goes out of bounds. But the relationship with the quarterback and the receiver, whether you’re on the move or in the pocket, is always something that needs to be pinpoint accurate and something that needs to be very rhythmic and have great timing. But definitely when you’re on the run you do run out of field at some point. But we’re coming along slowly and I think we’re at a really good spot right now. We just need to keep growing. We need to get Denarius Moore–back. And get Taiwan Jones back and get those guys going with the offense.

Q: How’s your relationship with Greg Knapp and John DeFilippo?
PALMER: Awesome. Awesome. Great coaches but great people. Coach Knapp’s been very successful in this league at a bunch of different places. Just honored to have an opportunity to play for him and learn from him. And coach Flip the same way–he’s been with coach Knapp a couple different times, coached college, NFL… New York Giants, New York Jets, he’s been around. A great teacher and he really understands coach Knapp’s system. And they work really well together, too. Which is really beneficial for us quarterbacks.

Q: It’s been reported that Pete Carroll touched based with you about Terrell Owens and that you recommended him. Could you expound on that conversation?
PALMER: Coach had reached out to me a couple times. Just knowing Coach’s style and the way he goes about teaching and leading his team, just thought that T.O. would be a great fit. I had the opportunity to play with T.O. and really enjoyed playing with him. It was a great relationship and we continued to work out afterwards. Didn’t have anything negative to say about T.O. It was a great relationship when I was there. And I just let Coach know that I thought he would fit in really well with his style and I think they’ll have a lot of success together.

Q: Have you heard from T.O. recently?
PALMER: Yeah, just traded text-messages with him the other day. Or maybe today. I think he signed today, I think he told me. I haven’t been following the news. Just texting him back and forth, congrats and go get ‘em. I think he’ll be successful there.

Q: Did he want to come here?
PALMER: He was looking for a job anywhere. I know he’s worked extremely hard to come back from the injuries he’s had. And he was looking for a spot anywhere he could go.

Q: Has DeMarcus Van Dyke made an impression on you?
PALMER: He has. He’s looked really good. He’s made a lot of really good plays. Because he can turn and run and he can also jump on balls and break. He’s so athletic and so fast, once he does have to open up and turn and run he’s really looked good in camp and just got to keep grinding. We’re going to keep trying to pick on him and keep working against him. But he’s looked really good so far.

Q: Fair to say that you have the best chemistry with Denarius Moore and now that he’s out you’ve got to develop that with somebody else?
PALMER: No question. When he was healthy–we lost him for a couple games last year–but when he was healthy, he and I had really figured out a rhythm and timing, and figured each other out. We’ve got to get back–obviously want to be smart with him because hamstrings are something that can really linger and affect you for the long haul. Our training staff’s great. They’re not rushing anything. They’re not getting too excited to get him back out there, being very patient, and that’s what you have to do with a guy in his spot.

Q: You had the nice pass to Jacoby Ford. Where are you with Jacoby right now?
PALMER: Jacoby and I are really coming together. It’s hard when we have goal-line days and we’ve done some short-yardage the last couple practices. But when we were doing third downs and putting in the Red Zone a couple days, we were really clicking and firing on all cylinders. Just got to keep grinding, keep going… we’re not where we want to be yet but we’re coming along.

Q: How would you assess your play in camp this week?
A: “Personally, for me, I always want to complete every single ball I throw. In practice, it’s not unrealistic. I missed a ball over Brandon Myers’ head that I can think of right now. I always want to get better, but we are where we need to be at this point in camp. We’re only a week in. We got a game in another four or five days, but I feel really good in the offense, I feel confident and comfortable calling the plays, comfortable redirecting the protections, getting in and out of plays. I still got a lot of work to do. It’s still early in camp.”

Q: Do you grade yourself on a daily basis or overall?
A: “I look at it every day. If you make a mistake on one play, because we’re not just doing one install and then moving on. We’re installing a set of plays and working on it for a couple of days so that we get four, five, six reps of them. I like to make sure that I have a play down. You’ll make a mistake on a read, a ball placement on a certain route, and then if you have an opportunity to run it again later that day or the next day, you want to make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes and you improve from there. So, it’s a play-by-play, day-by-day thing for me.”

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  • nyraider

    DHB never gets any love. not sure how productive jacoby will be in knapp’s system. Always love the optimism in the preseason. I like CP as a QB but dont feel knapp’s system will bring out the best in him. too bad allen didnt commit to saunders. just feel we would be in a better place all around with Al saunders not Knapp as coordinator.

  • Method To My Madness

    Bases loaded…Chris Carter up…come on let’s blow this game wide open…we batted around the lineup!

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Goldie7 Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Wait a minute…KK, MR and Beech are all cool with each other in real life.

    ——————

    You really think the Beeeech Diggity would come anywhere near these two degenerates in real life?

    Speaking of the new Rasta Ganja jam, I’ll be finishing up lyrics soon and dropping it on the blog

    First gotta drop off this massive Duece Dawg, feels like a watery one with small poo pellets

  • Method To My Madness

    Oh well….carter doesnt come thru this time….but we batted around with grienke pitching 42 times giving up 4 runs….gotta love it

  • guest123

    Pray for no more injuries! I’m out, have a nice evening folks!

  • TxRaider210

    Take care Guest

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Beech…I just think you guys really don’t hate each like it comes across this blog. Just saying. lol

  • http://www.djsulli.com/ Silverandblack666

    RR

    Can you send Dell an email for me saying…..Govt Mules Rules!!

  • Dakota

    Well, if TP doesn’t show significant progress in training camp and preseason, he will be gone or transitioned into a new position by next year.

    This is not DA or Reggie’s guy, so they are not going to waste a roster spot on this guy unless he shows a lot of potential, and soon.

    Otherwise, next year when Reggie has more room to operate, I would expect Pryor to be gone. They will want their own project QB to work on….preferably one who can throw a spiral.

  • Method To My Madness

    Damn Straily got smacked to deep left center….4-2

  • lefty12

    493-those 9ft baskets on grammar school playgrounds can be tough on an ole guy.LOL

  • TxRaider210

    Off work soon Nation, will return later Peace out!

  • Method To My Madness

    B@uce will rock #84 jersey this season if he can find it….Juron Criner is my MUP for this season….he will be starting as our poss WR before year’s end

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Goldie7 Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Beech…I just think you guys really don’t hate each like it comes across this blog. Just saying. lol

    ————–

    Brah, I go way back with old troll Krappy, been easily capping on him in fun for years

    Then he turned rat and tried to get me banned. That, like everything else, backfired in his puffy old face

    But, like my bratha Snoop Lion, I follow the ways of the true Rastafari and embrace peace and tranquility

    Unless I’m eating out a wasted stripper, then I’m just straight freakin’

    HOLLA BACK YOUNG MC

  • Dakota

    511.lefty12 Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    493-those 9ft baskets on grammar school playgrounds can be tough on an ole guy.LOL

    +++++++++++

    Nope this was the real deal…..but I confess, I have thrown down on some elementary school hoops back in the day! I crushed those kids! Gave them the Karl Malone leg kick going in for the dunk….booooooom shakalaka!

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Peace out Tx.

  • CJ Legend 34

    509.Dakota Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:35 pm
    Well, if TP doesn’t show significant progress in training camp and preseason, he will be gone or transitioned into a new position by next year.

    This is not DA or Reggie’s guy, so they are not going to waste a roster spot on this guy unless he shows a lot of potential, and soon.

    Otherwise, next year when Reggie has more room to operate, I would expect Pryor to be gone. They will want their own project QB to work on….preferably one who can throw a spiral.

    —————————————————-
    Lets wait to see what he does in Dallas. He had bad practices at OSU. Not a natural passer and I doubt he ever will be.

    He may be our new TE next year. LMBO!!!!

  • lefty12

    .Juron Criner is my MUP for this season….he will be starting as our poss WR before year’s end
    —————-
    Knowing Ford and Moore will both miss time due to injury,there is a good chance he will start at one point this season.

  • http://www.djsulli.com/ Silverandblack666

    DVD was my MUP last year looks like I was a year off

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    If Reggie and Coach Allen don’t do their jobs properly…they will not be employed by the Raiders. Reggie and Coach A would be foolish to cut TP. Reggie and Coach are highly intelligent and would’ve cut Pryor weeks ago if they didn’t see incredible talent in that young Man.

  • Method To My Madness

    Lefty12 Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    .Juron Criner is my MUP for this season….he will be starting as our poss WR before year’s end
    —————-
    Knowing Ford and Moore will both miss time due to injury,there is a good chance he will start at one point this season.
    ***************************

    DHB missed time in each of his first 3 seasons as well

    Once Criner starts…he wont stop starting….bet your bank account on that

  • DJ Johnny

    501.nyraider Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    DHB never gets any love. not sure how productive jacoby will be in knapp’s system. Always love the optimism in the preseason. I like CP as a QB but dont feel knapp’s system will bring out the best in him. too bad allen didnt commit to saunders. just feel we would be in a better place all around with Al saunders not Knapp as coordinator.

    Palmer loves Knapp and his system. Bucky caught him on one of the off days and probably just saw a couple of plays.

    Cork and Jerry have been watching way more Palmer than Bucky and they would’ve mentioned if he was doing poorly.

    In fact they DID mention the few times where he was off target etc.

    Like today. CP threw an int. but he also had some good plays.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Yep DJ…Palmer must eliminate those darn INTs. Palmer would be a top 10 QB if he would improve on not throwing INTs.

  • Method To My Madness

    Pryor not getting cut…..I bet he gets in game in wildcat to throw teams a scare

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Yep Method! I agree!

  • lefty12

    Goldie-name 10 better ones.

  • DJ Johnny

    523.Goldie7 Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    Yep DJ…Palmer must eliminate those darn INTs. Palmer would be a top 10 QB if he would improve on not throwing INTs.

    He takes some risks. He has alot of confidence. But yes..definitely needs to cut down on those int’s.

    He needs to get back to 2005 form when he went for 32 td’s and 12 int’s almost 4,000 yds.

    Beat Manning that yr (stat wise) even though Manning’s Colts went 14-2.

  • Raider J

    We are not seeing any reports that show TP as an NFL calibur QB that is just waiting for an opportunity.

    …but there is a long list of good to great QBs who had questionable starts.

    TP has talent, work ethic, and time on his side for now. He’s like a redshirt freshman who wont be needed until his senior year.

    In my Iverson voice: We talkin’ bout a 3rd string QB, man, 3rd string… not a starter, not a backup but 3rd string, man!

    If he’s not ready to start 2015 and Leinart is gone, then I trust Raider Regg a.k.a. Reggie Mac a.k.a Big Blake McGriffin will have a replacement ready

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo DJ

    I’ve been saving this dope 2K4S jam until our next PM Party Patrol meeting, but I can’t keep it in the bag any longer

    It’s called “Homecoming King Moonwalk” and we just started shooting the video yesterday

    I’ll be playing the Homecoming King, and I’ll moonwalk in a 70 yard td, then make out with the head cheerleader while Slash does this massive guitar solo in the locker room

    Check it:

    Hey Girl, you know I wrote you this song
    Gonna go for it, ’cause it’s 4th and long
    Takin’ it all the way like Mr. Spock
    ‘Cause you know I’m gonna score with my 70 yd moonwalk

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Lefty….Palmer would be No. 10 because he didn’t take the Bengals far into the playoffs. That nasty injury to his leg several years back could be part of the reason he throws sooo many darn INTs.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    DJ Johnny Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    523.Goldie7 Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    Yep DJ…Palmer must eliminate those darn INTs. Palmer would be a top 10 QB if he would improve on not throwing INTs.

    He takes some risks. He has alot of confidence. But yes..definitely needs to cut down on those int’s.

    He needs to get back to 2005 form when he went for 32 td’s and 12 int’s almost 4,000 yds.

    Beat Manning that yr (stat wise) even though Manning’s Colts went 14-2.
    ********************************************
    Absolutely!

  • DJ Johnny

    Beeech,

    You’ve done it again.

    5 stars on a scale of 1-4.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Checking in from Monterey.

    Life is good!

    Seymour cut yet?

    Our offense is going to slice & dice.

    Mope & change

  • DJ Johnny

    Hey Girl, you know I wrote you this song
    Gonna go for it, ’cause it’s 4th and long
    Takin’ it all the way like Mr. Spock
    ‘Cause you know I’m gonna score with my 70 yd moonwalk

    I was anticipating the last line being “70 yd. jock”. But you kept it clean for the kids.

  • DJ Johnny

    Hey if Palmer can out stat Manning in ’05 he can do it again.

    He’s younger than the old martian head AND he doesn’t have a bum neck.

  • DJ Johnny

    530.Goldie7 Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    Lefty….Palmer would be No. 10 because he didn’t take the Bengals far into the playoffs. That nasty injury to his leg several years back could be part of the reason he throws sooo many darn INTs.

    Palmer would’ve gone deep that yr. if Karl Van Doofenhoven or whatever his name is, didn’t roll on his ankle on the first series.

    You know this Goldie; no team has gotten more breaks than the stealers.

  • Raider J

    Beech, your a bum, Hip Hop ain’t for you

    I see your name and instinctively ignore you

    but Im bored and wanna let you know you cant out rhyme me

    while you get your salad tossed by DJ Johnny

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • GForce21

    guest123 Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Browns are in the crapper again
    ———–

    They never left