Last season, Palmer threw for 3,094 yards with a 60.5 percent completion rate, 21 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 83.6. He battled a thumb injury for most of the season and his receivers had problems catching the ball.
He also was erratic with his throws. Some games, he was either throwing too high, too low, or both. Still, here are Palmer's completion percentages for his career (excluding 2008).
2004: 60.9 percent
2005: 67.8 percent
2006: 62.3 percent
2007: 64.9 percent
2009: 60.5 percent
Every year, his percentage is above 60. However, a closer look at 2009 reveals that he had a good start but tailed off at the end. In the first eight games, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,832 yards, 14 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. In the final eight games, he completed only 59 percent of his passes for 1,262 yards, seven scores, and six interceptions. Of course, one of those final eight was the dreadful game against the Jets.
With a healthy thumb to sell play-action, the possibility of two pass-catching tight ends, and five wide receivers that can catch and make plays, Palmer
should be in position for another good year.