Adversity finds Carson Palmer but QB responds with bomb to J.J. Nelson

Aug 23, 2015, 12:06 AM | Updated: 1:30 am
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws against the San Diego Chargers during the first ...

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Carson Palmer’s first game action since suffering a second ACL tear went as well as it could’ve in Week 1 of the preseason.

When the Arizona Cardinals quarterback followed that 4-for-4 performance with a 3-for-7 Saturday night in a 22-19 loss to the San Diego Chargers, it wasn’t all bad.

The Chargers did get several hits on Palmer in the pocket while the quarterback worked behind an offensive line adjusting to a few absences. Palmer welcomed the physicality he faced against San Diego.

“It’s just good to get those out of the way and get your body acclimated,” he said.

The hits just got Palmer going.

He finished with 77 yards through the air and a touchdown pass to John Brown. Palmer first hit a home run play by connecting a 57-yard deep ball with speedy rookie receiver J.J. Nelson, and he then twice connected with Brown as part of a touchdown drive in the first quarter.

It was the bomb to Nelson that got all the attention.

“When I let it go, I thought I had overthrown him,” Palmer said of the completion. “I can’t wait to watch it on film. He must’ve hit the nitrous button ’cause he took off and got out there underneath that thing. He displayed that 4.2, fastest 40(-yard dash) at the combine right there.”

Nelson admitted he too thought the ball may have had a bit too much on it.

“I definitely thought it was overthrown at first,” he said. “I guess a little nitrous had to kick in. It was a pretty good play.”

It’s kind of funny, when you think about it. Palmer is known for having a strong arm, but the idea that he could overthrow someone with the kind of speed Nelson possesses? Well, anything’s possible, but at least on this night, with this throw, the rookie was able to make the play.

“Like Coach always says, you accelerate and adjust,” Nelson said. “So if the ball is overthrown then you have to accelerate. If the ball is underthrown then you must adjust. I always go back to that coaching.”

Overall the receiver made his first really big play, while the quarterback responded well to the first bit of adversity of the preseason.

“Not perfect, not perfectly clean. We’ll look at it, clean it up, keep marching forward,” Palmer said.

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin runs through drills during the Red & White practice on Saturday, ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: RB Eno Benjamin’s confidence ‘through the roof’

It's all about staying locked into the moment when Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin gets the starting nod against the Bengals on Friday.
17 hours ago
Cortez Davis #18 of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors makes an interception against Jalen Cropper #5 of t...
Jake Anderson

Arizona Cardinals sign rookie cornerback Cortez Davis

The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday signed rookie cornerback Cortez Davis, adding depth to a highly-competitive position battle.
17 hours ago
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, that Paul Brown Stadium will be called Payc...
Associated Press

Cardinals visit Bengals on Friday at renamed Paycor Stadium

The home of the Cincinnati Bengals will no longer carry the name of team founder and NFL pioneer Paul Brown.
17 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals' Marco Wilson runs drills during the NFL football team's training camp at State F...
Arizona Sports

Marco Wilson knows he’s earned nothing in Cardinals’ CB rotation

Arizona Cardinals second-year pro Marco Wilson is aware that relative success his rookie year hasn't cemented his place as the No. 2 corner.
17 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Hamilton runs during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Glendal...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Antonio Hamilton continues to gain his peers’ respect

It's still relatively early on in camp, but one name that's been talked about more and more with every Cardinals practice is Antonio Hamilton.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals tight end Maxx Williams (87) avoids the tackle of Philadelphia Eagles strong safe...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Maxx Williams taking ‘day-by-day’ approach in return from injury

Arizona Cardinals TE Maxx Williams surprised many this offseason when he was taken off the physically unable to perform list last Thursday.
2 days ago
Adversity finds Carson Palmer but QB responds with bomb to J.J. Nelson