In two preseason games, Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has a passer rating of 38.2, and he hasn’t led Oakland’s first-string offense into the end zone. But Palmer says that’s no big deal.
“Obviously we haven’t done what we expected to do, but it’s not a concern,” Palmer said Tuesday. “We just need to clean some things up. We’ve made a handful of mistakes and hurt ourselves, but it’s not concerning.”
In the Raiders’ first preseason game, they were shut out by the Cowboys in a terrible offensive display. In their second preseason game the offense was a little better, with Palmer leading two drives that resulted in field goals, but Palmer also threw an interception and ran the first-string offense on three different drives that failed to produce a first down.
Palmer, however, sees reasons to be encouraged.
“I think that’s the main thing that’s encouraging to know is that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes and we’ve still moved the ball, but we’ve been nowhere near where we can be when we’re all clicking and on the same page,” Palmer said. “It’s just a matter of time. We just need to keep working.”
Palmer is definitely right about that last part: The Raiders’ offense has a lot of work to do.