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October 23, 2011
Palmer plans to work during the bye week

OAKLAND - The Raiders are now Carson Palmer's team after he made his debut in their 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Coliseum.

If there was any doubt (and there shouldn't have been) coach Hue Jackson confirmed Palmer will be the starter Nov. 6 when the Raiders host the Denver Broncos.

Palmer's debut was not impressive (8-for-21, 116 yards, three interceptions). But he admittedly said he only knew three or four pass protections and had a limited playbook.

"That makes it difficult," Palmer said. "But really it's just reps with personnel. Just timing and rhythm. You got to know who's playing N, and who's playing Y, who's playing strong-side receiver and who's playing weak-side receiver. Then start piecing it together with individuals in their roles. There's a slot receiver a tight end... so that's something I've got a lot of ground to make up on. And I will. It's not bye week for me, that's for sure."

Palmer wasn't going to save the Raiders, entering a game down 21-0. Palmer expects to use the practice time he has this week before the Raiders take four days off.

Palmer said he'd be "grinding" at the team facility trying to get all he could in in time for the Broncos.

"This bye week couldn't be at a better time," Palmer said. "It's enough time to get work in early next week with these young guys and get the playbook down and then have Monday and Tuesday when we get back from the bye to get even more in with these guys, and really the game week for Denver starts Wednesday so it's going to be a very important week for this team but also a very important week for me."

*Running back Darren McFadden (foot), tight end Kevin Boss (concussion), middle linebacker Rolando McClain (lower leg) and safety Matt Giordano (neck spasms) did not finish the game.

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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