Why Carson Palmer Is Not an Elite NFL Quarterback

February 14, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

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The first time Carson Palmer was viewed as a "potentially" elite NFL quarterback, he was throwing passes for USC, gaining momentum and hype on his way to the 2003 NFL Draft.
Then came the second time he was to be viewed as a "potentially" (there's that word again) elite NFL quarterback , when the Cincinnati Bengals spent the first pick in the 2003 draft on him, making him their quarterback of the future.
Their "franchise" guy. You know, the guy that would be trusted to help them win their first Super Bowl. Or, *gulp*, a playoff game.
But even after all the hype and the big selection, all of Ohio was forced to wait.
And so was Palmer.
The former USC-product sat on the bench for every single moment of his rookie season, not taking a single snap, as he watched veteran Jon Kitna show him the ropes.
Palmer got his first chance the next season, in 2004, and threw for just under 3,000 yards, while throwing 18 touchdowns ...

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