Palmer said he has yet to decide who

By David Carducci Record-Courier sports writer Published:

Palmer said he has yet to decide who will play, and how much, but hinted No. 1 pick Tim Couch would take the majority of the snaps against Dallas.

"In my mind I've gone over it," said Palmer. "I've asked the coaches to start thinking about it, but it's still so far away. We know what (projected starting quarterback Ty Detmer) is. We've watched him on film, we know what he is on the practice field. Whether he plays 12 plays or 24 plays, he's still the same player. ... Tim Couch? He has to get on the field. He has to do something. I think any time a rookie plays a play, he's learned something from it. I would say that Couch will play more than Detmer, but that's not as a punishment, it's just from a coaching standpoint knowing what we have."

Marquez Pope is showing signs in camp that he will flourish in his new position at strong safety. Pope moved from free safety to strong safety at the beginning of training camp.

"I think (strong safety) fits his personality better," said Palmer. "He's a guy who likes to be around the ball. I noticed (Monday) that he was up near the line of scrimmage, sitting in there. He's a physical player. I think it's a good move to us."

Defensive end Arnold Miller, a rookie free agent from Louisiana State who has impressed the coaching staff in his first week of training camp, injured his left knee during morning drills Monday.

Monday's morning session, the only one of the day in full pads, featured some of the camp's fiercest hitting to date.

"This was the first time we really started to get some ouchies," said Palmer. "We turned up the tempo a little bit more, as far as the intensity was concerned. We had a bit more hitting drills throughout the practice."

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