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Carson Palmer Raiders: What the Trade Means for Jason Campbell and Other Players

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 18, 2011

Carson Palmer Raiders: What the Trade Means for Jason Campbell and Other Players

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    Now that the Oakland Raiders have former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, it's time to look ahead as to what this means for the Silver and Black for the remainder of the season. 

    Their offense was surprisingly explosive through six games and, although Jason Campbell and Palmer are similar quarterbacks in terms of production over the past few season, things unquestionably change a little in Oakland....

Jason Campbell

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    Extremely tough break for a quarterback that has been an integral part of the Raiders resurgence this season. 

    His numbers weren't off the charts, but he was managing the game well and Hue Jackson was comfortable with Campbell running the offense. 

    He has said after his surgery he could be back in action anywhere from six to eight weeks from now. 

    Chances are Carson Palmer will remain the starter for the rest of the season unless things really go South in Oakland. 

    Will the Raiders keep him next season? Or will he have to catch on with the third different team of his career?

Terrelle Pryor

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    Pryor was just reinstated to play by the team and after the injury there was thought that he could take the primary backup role to Kyle Boller. 

    Now that Palmer is in Silver and Black, Pryor will likely be relegated to the third-string position. 

    I'm not sure if Pryor was ready to step in and operate the offense with much efficiency now anyway, although there is definitely some interest in the polarizing college star in Raider Nation. 

    Some appearances in the Wildcat are likely forthcoming for Pryor. 

Darrius Heyward-Bey

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    Darrius Heyward-Bey is starting to mature as a more all-around receiver. 

    He was developing a nice rapport with Jason Campbell as the two seemed to be getting their timing down on those anticipation routes. 

    Now, that all changes. 

    He does have the tools to continue his improvement, he'll just need to work with Palmer on timing throws as the season progresses. 

    Palmer showed the ability to hit the deep pass early in his career, but he wasn't a great down field passer the last two seasons in Cincinnati. 

    Not exactly playing to DHB's strengths. 

    Heyward-Bey's fantasy stock takes a little hit with this signing. 

Kevin Boss

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    Boss has returned from his early-season injury and hasn't been much of a factor, catching only seven passes for 149 yards. (one of those catches and 35 of those yards came on a fake field goal last week that resulted in a touchdown)

    Palmer will probably be more willing to find the check-down or intermediate target than Campbell, a signal-caller that loved throwing the ball downfield to his speedy receivers. 

    However, I don't see him instantly boosting Boss' stock as a pass-catching threat or in fantasy. 

    But there's a chance he could become more important to Oakland's attack with the new quarterback. 

Jacoby Ford/Denarius Moore

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    I'll group this two speed demons together. 

    They represent a ton of boom-or-bust potential each game. 

    I'm just not sure if Hue Jackson will play to Palmer's strength and begin to meticulously move the ball down the field or if he sticks with his initial game plan for this season that features a ton of go-routes and big plays. 

    Because of that uncertainty, it's hard to tell what will become of Ford and Moore. 

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