HAPPYJAQ Posted May 6, 2009 Report Share Posted May 6, 2009 Everyone is excited over the Bengals draft, and rightfully so. From top to bottom, I think it's easily the best draft in 10 years, if not longer. In looking around, I've noticed that nobody is really talking a lot about a certain Franchise QB (one of the very few in the NFL, I might add) who is coming back from a season-ending injury. I know that record and market are a factor in the fact that Carson has been mentioned this offseason much less than, say, Tom Brady, but I think he's just as important to the Bengals success next season as Tom is to the Pats. I kind of think this might be a blessing in disguise and could launch Palmer into a career-type year with a better running game, improved offensive line and deeper receiving corp than when he last played in '08. Even without Ocho (possibly), he's been working with our 3rd, 4th and 5th receivers extensively in Henry, Caldwell and Simpson, which is something he hasn't a chance to do with those specific receivers in years past. In shouldn't take him long to mesh with Coles and we still have the camps and the Summer practices/exhibiitions to go. If he comes back even close to his '05-'07 form, it's better than having the #1 overall pick in the draft. I know a lot of people are concerned with the WR situation, but I believe Carson can make an average receiver good, and an above-average receiver great. If you want proof of this, compare T.J. between '01-03 against '04-now. Even look at Henry's stats over the duration of his career versus last season. I won't even mention "the other guy" again. There might be threads out there regarding this, but with the draft we've had, I think this just might be the year that the Bengals truly surprise some people. In my mind, it'll all be because of what Palmer brings to the offense in his 7th year, after an agonizing year with Fitzpatrick at the helm. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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