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Carson Palmer, T.O. work on chemistry

GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Despite the enormous hype and high expectations, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is staying grounded about the high-profile addition of Terrell Owens.

According to Palmer, establishing chemistry with the star receiver is a gradual process.

"I don’t know how long it's going to take," Palmer said Wednesday. "He is used to different systems. But he's been doing a really good job figuring out things that relate to the old systems he used to be in."

Tuesday's practice provided a perfect example of both players working to get on the same page. Palmer threw an interception in team drills to safety Roy Williams when it appeared Palmer and Owens had a miscommunication. Palmer placed the ball in a certain spot and Owens cut his route differently as the ball was picked off by the defense.

But this is what training camp is for. If Palmer eventually gets anywhere near the same chemistry with Owens that he has with fellow teammate Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati's passing offense should be very productive this year.

"I told [Owens] today that all of a sudden it's going to be one of those things that's just going to click," Palmer said. "I'm going to figure out his body language and stride length and his shoulders when he's coming in and out of breaks, and he's going to figure out where I'm putting the ball with different routes. But that happens over time. We're just going to keep working and keep getting better every day."