Carson Palmer will admit he’s tired. He’s also willing to admit the pressure is great. But it’s clear that he’s ready to step up to the pressure and make good on Hue Jackson’s belief in him as the future of the Oakland Raiders franchise. Despite declining skills and statistics and the fact he turns 32 in December, Palmer and Jackson both represent the Raiders future — the one that cost them their literal future with two high draft choices to the Cincinnati Bengals.
A press conference held this morning was set up to introduce Palmer to the Oakland area media and he had a few words to say about the expectations ahead of him.
“I have played in this league for 8 years, I know what it’s about. I know what playing quarterback is about, and it’s about winning. I want to come in a contribute and do whatever I can to help this team.”
Even though he has the experience, there’s no denying that new personnel, new schemes and a lack of recent playing time and conditioning might set him back. However, the ceiling is higher with Palmer than any other so this should be interesting to watch.