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While a few fans, and mostly fans of opposing teams, like to focus on Carson Palmer's number of interceptions last year, many realize those numbers don't tell the whole story. Palmer was thrown into the game during week seven after setting foot in Oakland just three days earlier. In his debut with the Raiders that afternoon, he knew just 15 plays.
With the time and experience he's had getting to know all of the players and developing a rhythm with his offensive weapons, I believe Palmer will be a consistent and solid quarterback in 2012.
Palmer knows the importance of proving his worth. There is little doubt that he's growing tired of hearing how the Raiders will fall because of the trade between himself and the team's draft picks, although back in February he said he "loves the pressure" to live up to the controversial trade.
Some have compared Palmer to former Raiders' quarterback Rich Gannon since he has been studying a lot of film and seems to be taking more of a leadership role.
I think Palmer has the ability to live up to and possibility exceed all of the expectations placed upon him.
One of the reasons the Raiders are in a better position this year is that they have several solid backup quarterbacks on the roster. When Jason Campbell went down last October, the Raider Nation was stuck with Kyle Boller.
Going into the upcoming season, they've got both Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor, in addition to the recently signed Kyle Newhall-Caballero. Any way you look at it, the Raiders are much better off at quarterback today as compared to last fall.