Carson Palmer needs as much time as possible to learn his new teammates. That’s precisely why Palmer and a select group of Raider receivers are using the bye to get in some extra work. Though Palmer is still feeling out his new targets he already has a good feel for Darrius Heyward-Bey.
In Palmer’s unceremonious debut in which he split a six-pack of picks with Kyle Boller, Carson and DHB seemed to catch on fast. The two had an almost instant chemistry.
While Palmer gets some praise for his ability to find Oakland’s emerging receiver it is Heyward-Bey that gets the major props.
Simply put, DHB is turning the corner in his third year and is slowly becoming the player Al Davis envisioned when he took the Maryland Terp 7th overall. For whatever it is worth, Palmer is already singing the praises of Hey-Bey after only a few practices. Vittorio Tafur quotes Carson as he proclaims DHB to be on his way.
“He works really hard. He’s obviously fast. He can be a complete receiver. He just needs to continue to work and his confidence needs to continue to grow. The only way your confidence grows is by doing things on game day and making plays and he’ll do that for us.”
With DHB quickly dispelling the doubters by his performance it is another notorious receiver that is also casting plenty of doubt thanks to an unceremonious performance of his own.
The name of Terrell Owens is forever linked to Oakland whenever rumors of his next career stop come bubbling up. On that matter Palmer also had something to say in the wake of TO’s recent workout.
Palmer played with the controversial pass catcher one year ago so he knows a thing or two about where Owens is in this phase of his career. Safe to say you won’t see Owens in Silver and Black if Hue Jackson heeds Palmer’s advice. PFT cites a radio interview with Palmer in which he all but assures the world there will be no reunion with the Team Obliterator.
“T.O. and I had a great working relationship, he had one of his most successful years over the past five or six years, a lot of production and he was a great teammate in Cincinnati. The problem is that for him to get here there’s not anybody that we could let go, we have a stable of young horses that can run and guys that can just move, very young, very inexperienced but tons of potential and it’s tough to give up a young guy with a lot of potential for a guy that’s got a lot of history in the league that’s in his late 30s, so I can’t see him coming here but I had a good time playing with him and he’s an explosive player himself.”
Not much of a surprise there. Every year we go through this played song and dance of TO to Oakland. Without fail these rumors are always proved as faulty as excuses from JaMarcus Russell. Palmer’s general indifference to Owens combined with his praise for Oakland’s young talent says it all.
DHB’s performance says even more.
If things keep going the way they are then the Raiders could have a budding version of the next TO in DHB. Of course the big difference is that Heyward-Bey’s game speaks loud enough. No need for him to run his mouth and ruin locker rooms to make a point. Heyward-Bey could be Owens just without a single diva bone is his body.
Time will tell if DHB becomes an elite level receiver. That is something to keep an eye on. Right now we don’t really need much more than Palmer’s words to guarantee Owens will once again be ignored by the Silver and Black. That is something to just turn the page on and forget about…forever.