As the Cardinals try to keep up with the rest of the NFC West, their new quarterback finds significant encouragement in the moves the team recently has made.
“You get 10, 15, 20 percent better when you add two players like that,” Palmer said of the arrival of tackle Eric Winston and linebacker John Abraham, via the Associated Press. “It’s not like we’re getting them going into the third preseason game or they’re getting into shape. They’re here the first day of camp.
“I was looking at Pro Football Talk and I was like ‘Really? Is this going to happen?’” Palmer added (and as always we appreciate the plug). “I saw ‘Eric Winston talking to the Cardinals’ or whatever it was and I thought, ‘Maybe. I’m sure he’s got a ton of teams after him.’ Then I hear that we got him. Then I hear a couple of hours later that we pick up Abraham.”
Palmer summed up his feelings succinctly: “Shocked, excited, happy. That’s when you know your organization is trying to win football games now — today.”
It still won’t be easy, not with the 49ers, Seahawks, and Rams in the division that suddenly looks a lot like Arizona’s former home, the NFC East, used to.