Palmer's primary challenge

October 19, 2011, 5:17 pm
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ALAMEDA -- The group Carson Palmer has to win over first, even before the more cynical of those residing in Raider Nation?Oakland's young and impressionable receiving corps.Especially Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy. All three spent time during the lockout with Jason Campbell at his Virginia home and developed a rapport with him. Murphy is even scheduled to be in Campbell's February wedding.Then there's Chaz Schilens, rookie Denarius Moore and Derek Hagan. No doubt all six have to not only get used to the idea of moving on from Campbell, whose surgically-repaired broken right collarbone will keep him out at least six weeks, but also get used to a different ball coming at them from Palmer. And vice-versa.'I think I'll fit in the locker room pretty well," Palmer said in his introductory media conference on Tuesday. "I'm pretty easy going. I'm pretty laid back and get along with my (teammates my) entire career of playing footballI've always gotten along really well with teammates. That chemistry aspect isn't an issue for me."Well, he did have to endure the divas that are Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, though he got along famously with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and even worked out with him this offseason, along with former U.C. Davis and New York Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien."Just the chemistry of timing with the receivers, two-minute drills, whatever it may be, there's a lot of different aspects of playing quarterback," Palmer acknowledged. "A lot of different verbiage, depending on third down, red-zone stuff, backed-up stuff, two-minute drills, whatever it may be, that chemistry is something that I've got to get on top of tonight."On Monday, before the trade went down, Murphy was asked how tough it would be for a new quarterback to join the team after six games."If someone came from the outside," Murphy said, "he would have his growing pains, but we're professionals so we would have to make it work."Plus, there would be that leadership void left by Campbell."When you lose the leader of the team, the leader of the offense, it's a rough blow," Murphy added. "It's rough. It's rough to get in a rhythm and get going, especially the way the offense was rolling. We're a Top (11) offense, No. (2) rushing team. It's rough."Plus, several Raiders were anticipating, at least publicly, Kyle Boller assuming the reigns."It's up to that guy, whoever is coming in, to get comfortable with us," said center Samson Satele. "The 10 guys out there, we'll still be the same. It would be up to that guy to learn the system."