Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer told reporters today that he has been able to fully ingest the team’s playbook and should be fully prepared to run the team’s offense, according to Pro Football Talk.
“There’s no comparison to last week, to last Wednesday,” Palmer told reporters on hand at a meeting with the media. “I’m comfortable with the entire playbook, comfortable with the guys, comfortable with the snap count, where to stand in the huddle. Every little bit that I’ve been around here, every second that I’ve had, I’ve just learned more and more.”
Palmer was traded to the Oakland Raiders two weeks ago from the Cincinnati Bengals after starting quarterback Jason Campbell went down with a season-ending injury. The 31-year-old was not scheduled to start Oct. 23 against Kansas City because he did not have enough time to learn the team’s playbook.
The former No. 1 overall pick was put in the game, however, after starter Kyle Boller struggled. Palmer completed just 8 of 21 passes for 116 yards and three interceptions in the second half performance. He later told media that he knew just 15 plays in the team’s playbook. Palmer had previously considered himself retired before the trade went through. The former Pro Bowler told the Bengals during the off-season that he would not return to the team for the 2011-12 campaign and would retire unless the franchise traded him to another city. As a result, Palmer had not been active since the end of last season.