I am not able to give an unbiased opinion on the subject...But...
Carson looked pretty darn good at camps doing sprints up the sideline...He's taking 5 step drops fine....Obviously no contact yet....But so soon after surgery, it's astonishing what he is doing....I'm gonna start calling him Wolverine
at the rate he is healing
I rarely take QBs early, but at worst, Carson is a 3rd rounder this year....Let training camps run their course in June/July and see how he's doing....My prediction is that Carson is a 2nd rounder in the greater majority of standard drafts that take place in July....
He will not be rushed back, he will only play if he is ready...but Coach Lewis fully expects him to be the Week 1 starter vs the Chiefs....
"(May 17, 2006) -- Slowly but surely, it is looking as if Carson Palmer is going from the Bengals' chief concern to the Chiefs'.
During the past two days of the Bengals' Organized Team Activities, Palmer was on the field and moving in a way that few would have expected after he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament Jan. 8 during a playoff loss to Pittsburgh.
On May 16, according to Bengals witnesses, Palmer zigzagged through four pads to his left, zigzagged back through the same four pads to his right and began rifling the football in the way Cincinnati has become accustomed to seeing. After watching Palmer work out, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he fully expected his quarterback to be ready for Cincinnati's regular-season opener Sept. 10 at Kansas City.
Then, Palmer will be Kansas City's chief concern.
Today, the Bengals scaled back Palmer's on-field work, knowing there is no need to push him and being sufficiently satisfied with what they already had seen.
Now there are no guarantees, and Palmer always could suffer some type of setback to what was a significant knee injury that required reconstructive surgery. But the early-spring reports are that Palmer will be ready for the regular-season opener.