Carson Palmer spends enough time on the sideline these days.

When a Raiders penalty gave the Cardinals’ starting offense new life on Saturday, the veteran quarterback was ready to take advantage.
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Palmer, who’s been on a reduced workload in practice to keep his arm fresh, made his preseason debut a successful one by capping his lone drive with a touchdown pass in a 20-10 win over the Raiders.

The Cardinals initially kicked a field goal on the possession, but an illegal formation on Oakland gave them a first down. Palmer then found Brittan Golden in the end zone between a pair of defenders on a third-and-goal from the 12 for a 7-0 lead.

(Brown) was perfect, Arians said. (Palmer) just put a little too much juice on it.

The first-team defense allowed the Raiders – playing without quarterback Derek Carr, running back Marshawn Lynch and wideout Amari Cooper – to march into field goal range on their first possession. Defensive tackle Josh Mauro got a paw on the kick to keep Oakland scoreless, but Arians wasn’t happy.

We should be putting the hammer down, Arians said. We’ve talked about that a bunch.

Arians highlighted the offseason performance of first-round pick Haason Reddick, who is slated to start at inside linebacker if Deone Bucannon isn’t ready for Week 1, as well as second-rounder Budda Baker. Arians said Baker still has some growing to do, but he’s caught on nicely while learning both free safety and slot cornerback after missing offseason work.

Sixth-round pick Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey Rudy Ford was singled out for his job on defense and special teams in the preseason finale on Saturday against the Broncos. Ford is aiming to win the final job in the Cardinals’ secondary.

The active roster will get the Tavon Young Jersey lion’s share of the attention over the next few days, but the Cardinals will also spend plenty of time crafting their practice squad. The team had some undrafted free agents who seem like possible fits, including wide receiver Carlton Agudosi and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, a pair of players who still need to grow but have intriguing skill-sets.