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NFL preseason review: Anatomy of a Carson Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald touchdown pass

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A step-by-step look at the Cardinals' first score.

Christian Petersen

The touchdown that the Arizona Cardinals scored on their first drive with their first team offense on the field was a thing of beauty by Carson Palmer. You can see he his comfort in the offense with the one play.

Have a look.

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This is Palmer's second step back. he is looking at the inside linebackers, as they are blocking the passing lane to John Carlson.

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This is his third step back. He is still looking at the linebackers.

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Now, on his fourth step back, he is checking where the safety is, to see if he is breaking in on Larry Fitzgerald's slant route.

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Now, at the top of his dropback, Palmer looks toward the cornerback to check his position.

Here's where it gets good.

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Just before releasing a strike to Fitz, Palmer double-checks that the safety is following Carlson to the middle.

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Satisfied, Palmer uncorks a rope to Fitz for the easy score. He didn't look at a receiver until moment he threw.

It was a thing of beauty.

Is this what we can expect more of in the regular season?