Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer wavered for a second.
He debated the question at hand: Does his arm feel fresher heading into this season than it has before any of his 14 previous seasons?
“No ... maybe when I was younger,” Palmer said initially. “No, because when I was younger, I was just grinding.”
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Then he settled on an answer.
At 37 years old and about to begin his 15th NFL season, Palmer believes his right (throwing) arm has never felt this fresh in a Week 1 in his career, he told ESPN.
The story went on to say the rest paid off. Coach Bruce Arians’ game plan for Palmer worked, at least so far. The quarterback didn’t start throwing until two weeks into OTAs and had days off throughout training camp. The goal was to preserve Palmer’s arm during the offseason so it won’t fatigue as quickly during the regular season. He’ll also continue to have Wednesdays off, a strategy the Cardinals implemented midway through last season.