Week 10 of your rookie season is here, I’m sure it will be over soon, but how are you feeling right now?
Joshua Palmer: I feel good. I’m learning a lot, which was basically my point of view this season, learning as much as possible from the veterans. Keenan [Allen’s] helps me a lot. Mike [Williams] helps me a lot. I tell people all the time, they are the best mentors in the field, so I have to take advantage of that.
What does it mean to have these guys in the room with you?
Palmer: That means a lot. Every time I get to work I know that I’m going to learn something new. Keenan is very hospitable when I ask him questions. We made a good connection between him and me. Mike just helps me whenever he can. Of course they have different games, but I learn different things from both of them.
You always seem like the last – if not the last – out here to work after your workout. Where does this work ethic come from?
Palmer: It came from Tennessee. What you see me doing now, I’ve been doing for three or four years. It was nothing new, I just wanted to develop great habits so when I got here I didn’t have to turn anything on. So it was just something that always helped me a lot. It’s extra work and a long way to go. I look forward to it every time after training. Especially in college, I looked forward to coming up and doing extra things like intercepting the JUGS machine. I know it will pay off.
When you talk about looking forward to it, is that a Zen thing? What do you like so much about being alone and doing everything?
Palmer: It’s definitely a confidence booster. I come and represent the things I want to work on. I catch as many balls as I can after training so I know I can catch. As a recipient, you have the confidence to gain, but it is the reassurance and every day I like to reassure myself that I do.