Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/17/13
Carson Palmer is a quarterback, wrapped inside of a riddle, shrouded in enigma. So much hope, so much hype, and oh what an arm!  Now 2013 marks the third time a franchise has pinned its hopes on the cannon of the former USC quarterback. Arizona is hoping that Palmer will bring some of his big play ability to the desert and revitalize the career of All-Pro wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald.  To understand who Carson Palmer the player is or can be, you need to know who Carson Palmer was.The Early YearsDrafted to put an end to a long line of ineptitude at Cincinnati's quarterback position, Palmer brought stability under center, as the Bengals had used seven different starting quarterbacks in the six seasons prior to Palmer's arrival.  The pieces were in place around Palmer, with Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh playing wide receiver and Rudi Johnson anchoring the backfield. Johnson and Houshmandzadeh would combine with Palmer to be one of the most dynamic QB/WR sets in the NFL. Over ...
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