Palmer said his own film study revealed a problem in his mechanics, where he was failing to stay on the balls of his feet as he went through his read progressions as he glanced left. It meant he moved slightly left when doing so and was throwing off-balance because of it. Now that he has had to work so hard in rehab after a torn ACL and started his footwork from scratch, he made sure to update his mechanics as well — admitting he hadn’t worked on it enough as the years had gone by.
“It will help my completion percentage, it will help with my accuracy and it will also help us as a unit, because I won’t be making my left tackle’s job as difficult,” Palmer said. “In turn, I’ll be able to step into more throws. As I’m getting to my second and third and fourth read, I’m holding onto the ball a little bit longer and that pocket is getting slowly smaller, so it will give me more room to work with inside the pocket because I will be more centrally located.”
It wasn’t as if Palmer was inaccurate in the six games he played last season. In fact, he completed about 63 percent of his passes, and without an aberration of a game against Philly (only 20-for-42, despite throwing for 329 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions) Palmer’s completion percentage was 66 percent. But if Palmer is right and he not only can be more accurate but be able to be in a better place in the pocket as the rush closes in, the Cardinals’ passing game should see tangible benefits.
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