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Calling Palmer's 2011 campaign with the Raiders less-than-stellar may be the kindest distinction possible.
After holding out for the first six games of the season in Cincinnati before being traded to Oakland for a first-round pick in 2012 and second-round pick in 2013, Palmer came in wholly unprepared. The former Pro Bowler tossed 16 interceptions in 10 appearances (25.6 prorated over the course of a 16-game season) and the deal instantly looked like a highway robbery.
Many excused Palmer's ineffectiveness on the holdout and brash way he was thrown into the Raiders' lineup—which would have been valid had Palmer not thrown 20 interceptions with the Bengals a season prior.
The fact is, 2012 is a make-or-break season for this trade for Oakland. If the former No. 1 overall pick continues to struggle, then the team essentially wasted two top picks and a ton of money.
If Monday night was any indication, however, we could see a renaissance from Palmer this season. Going 32-of-46 for 297 yards and a touchdown is an encouraging sign on its own.
But it's the zero picks in those pass attempts that is most promising.
All things considered, the Raiders lost and should be unhappy going forward. Palmer just isn't the reason like he was so many times in 2011.