After two weeks in Oakland, Carson Palmer says he’s ready to run the Raiders’ offense.
In his meeting with the media Wednesday, Palmer said that he was lost in his first few days with the team (something that will come as no surprise to anyone who saw Palmer’s first game in a Raiders uniform), hard work during the bye week has given him a great handle on the offense.
“There’s no comparison to last week, to last Wednesday,” Palmer said. “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 said he’s thrilled to be reunited with his old Bengals teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but he downplayed his own role in the Raiders’ decision to sign him, saying that it was Raiders coach Hue Jackson who made that move on his own.
“I found out when T.J. told me he was coming for a workout,” Palmer said. “Coach Jackson was looking to sign him before training camp.”
In any event, Palmer now has a receiver he’s comfortable with and a playbook he’s comfortable with. There will be no excuses if he doesn’t look good on Sunday against the Broncos.