We are in the NFL quiet period, which means it is time to make some noise. That's what ESPN's Ron Jaworski is doing, as he is releasing his yearly "big board" of NFL quarterbacks.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer found his way on the board early. "Jaws" lists him as the 23rd best QB in the league, ahead of Ryan Tannehill and Michael Vick, but below Josh Freeman and Sam Bradford.
You would think that it would mean that there would be plenty of criticism of the veteran. There isn't.
He calls the trade for Palmer "an excellent move" for the Cardinals.
He also addresses the notion that Palmer turns the ball over too much, calling it a "disconnect between perception and reality." He cites only 14 picks in 591 dropbacks, but notes a few are "dramatic and memorable."
More postives? Palmer's arm strength. "Palmer still has very good arm strength," he says. "He has the mentality of a strong-armed passer, willing and confident in pushing the ball down the field...Arm strength is not throwing it 50 yards in the air; it's driving those deeper intermediate throws between the defenders."
He believes that Palmer "will fit well in Arians' aggressive, downfield passing game."
More Jaws: "Palmer will allow the Cardinals' offense to attack the entire field. He gives Arizona a multidimensional passing game. He reads coverage well. He can beat the blitz. He's efficient in the red zone. He can execute a high volume of offense."
All this begs the question -- with all the glowing praise, why is he not rated higher? It is actually nothing about him, but rather concerns for the offensive line to give him the time he needs.
So...since he doesn't have any negatives, shouldn't he be ranked higher? Probably.
But I get it. He has played for awful teams and is joining a historically awful team. That tends to cloud things a bit.
What do you think?
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