Carson Palmer looking to get “more power” and “more movement” in rehab
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is “rehabbing and grinding” away, trying to get back to 100-percent before OTAs begin in mid-April.
“I’m feeling great, rehab’s going great and got a long way to go,” Palmer said.
When Palmer spoke with the media earlier in the month, he said he was “hopefully” going to take part in some of the OTA practices. As we move even closer to the start of offseason workouts, Palmer’s outlook hasn’t changed.
“I don’t have a specific date per se, one specific date, but right now I’m just focused on getting better every day and doing a little bit more and getting a little bit more power, getting a little bit more movement,” Palmer said. “When that day comes, it’ll come, but I don’t have a specific day outlined.”
Whenever Palmer does return, he’ll have some new players to meet and workout with, namely left guard Mike Iupati, who Palmer’s excited to team up with.
“I’ve been a big fan of his [Iupati] since he was coming out in the Draft years ago ,” Palmer said. “Just a dominant player. He’s not a good player, he’s just dominant. He doesn’t move people, he moves groups of people, and you just don’t see that in this game. You see a lot of finesse playing with all the passing going on. In his pass blocking sets, he just moves people. He puts people where he wants to put them. There just aren’t that many players like that in the league.”
Iupati won’t be the only new face on the Cardinals offensive line. With long-time center Lyle Sendlein gone, Palmer will have to line up under a new center [possibly A.Q. Shipley, Ted Larsen or Anthony Steen], and he’ll have a new right guard with Paul Fanaika now with the Kansas City Chiefs. That fight will most likely come down to Earl Watford, Jonathan Cooper, Shipley, Steen or Larsen. Shipley, Steen and Larsen are interchangeable at center and guard, so it gives Arizona some flexibility along the front, depending on who outperforms who at either position.
Palmer’s headed to his 13th year in the league. He’s seen his fair share of change on an offensive line. He knows it’s the nature of the beast that is the NFL.
“That’s the game. That’s the league. You rarely return the same five guys up front, or the same guys on the outside, or the same seven guys on the defensive front,” Palmer said. “It’s a revolving door with free agency and [the NFL] Draft and retiring and cuts and all the different things that come up. You adapt to it and you make those changes and you just get better from them.”
“You don’t think too much [about], ‘Well, we should’ve had this guy, or we could’ve had that guy,’ we’re not focused on that. We’ll get better with the guys we have, they’ll get comfortable playing next to each other and we’ll move on,” Palmer said.