Carson Palmer believes he has more zip, velocity than a year ago

AP

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes quarterback Carson Palmer wore out his arm during offseason workouts in 2016. This year, Palmer did a lot less — and he consequently has a lot more in the tank as preparations commence for the season to come.

You feel like you have more zip, more velocity,” Palmer said before Saturday’s initial training-camp practice, via the Associated Press. “I feel like I can go out and throw 150 balls in practice. I don’t think I felt that way coming into camp last year.”

That’s good news, especially in light of Palmer’s advanced age. Which he refuses to regard as advanced age.

“In football years, I think it’s perceived once you get to 35 you’re old,” Palmer said. “But if you can still put it on every day and play and work out and train and prepare mentally, I look at is as being experienced and mature.”

But the end is obviously coming for the 37-year-old Palmer, who entered the league in 2003 as the first overall pick in the draft. And the question is whether the Cardinals can reverse what was a disappointing 2016 season, which Arians believes came off the rails with a Week One loss to the Patriots.

Don’t assume they can’t. Even with a tired arm entering camp last year, Palmer threw for 4,233 yards — the third highest total of his career.

20 responses to “Carson Palmer believes he has more zip, velocity than a year ago

  1. So much zip he split David Johnson’s hand this summer and needed stitches to fix it! Real story.

  2. Athletes always get better with age. Like fine wine. That’s why you see so many of them playing well at 37.

  3. I feel like Manning was saying the same thing near the beginning of the 2015 season. I think even Demaryius Thomas was saying it. Then we all saw what happened. Manning’s age took over. He had one of the worst seasons of his career.

    Can Carson keep the zip over a full NFL season? I don’t think it is likely. If he suffered fatigue from throwing last year, why will this year be any different? Resting over the offseason is great but arms don’t magically get better with age. Once the decline starts, there doesn’t seem to be anything to stop it.

  4. lingsun54 says:
    Jul 23, 2017 8:56 AM
    But will he ever get a playoff victory? Or be healthy enough to play in one if the Cards get there?

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    Funny, I could have sworn he beat the Packers in the playoffs a couple of years ago.

  5. lingsun54 says:
    Jul 23, 2017 8:56 AM

    But will he ever get a playoff victory? Or be healthy enough to play in one if the Cards get there?

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    Guess you missed that the Cards went to the NFC championship in 2015 (Jan 2016).

    You don’t get there without winning in the playoffs.

  6. Guess you missed that the Cards went to the NFC championship in 2015 (Jan 2016).

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    Yeah they went but at the same time didn’t show up. Did Palmer throw 4 or 5 pics in that game? If your going to reference a game to prove a point be a little more selective.

  7. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says:
    Jul 23, 2017 12:37 PM
    Carson is so weak. He’s the epitome of a fake leader. He looks the part, but isn’t. If there was ever a QB that played the game for money only, it’s him.
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    People will think you’re trolling, but you’re spot on. Carson has always “looked the part”, but he’s always been a mentally soft rich Sounthern California guy. A sports psychologist did reviews of NFL QB prospects years ago and said Palmer didn’t have the mental makeup to be a championship QB. 14 years later…1 playoff win.

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