According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, those close to Carson Palmer believe his lengthy layoff has indeed strengthened a throwing arm that was noticeably flailing over the past two seasons.
"He's healthy as a horse," said ex-Jets QB Ken O'Brien, who has been working with Palmer the past few months. O'Brien concedes that Palmer came back from his elbow injury too quickly, "wasn't 100 percent natural" and "didn't look like his old self" from 2008-2010. After watching Palmer throw Thursday, Raiders beat writer Steve Corkran advised crossing "arm strength" off the list of concerns. The true test will be whether the arm wavers in December and perhaps January after 8-10 games.