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Reggie McKenzie, the new general manager of the Oakland Raiders, answers questions from the media at an introductory press conference at team headquarters, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Alameda, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff)

ALAMEDA -- Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie conceded Wednesday he had not heard the comments from quarterback Carson Palmer, who in a recent TV interview said he believes the Raiders are a playoff team.

When told of those comments, however, the rookie GM neither winced nor flinched.

"I think after being around these guys the whole offseason, being around the coaching staff and the players, I definitely think we have the makeup of being a playoff team," McKenzie said during a Wednesday morning interview.

"I feel what Carson is saying, as far as where we're headed. We're headed in the direction to where we can get there."

Palmer, speaking to NBC Sports at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship last week at Lake Tahoe, said he expects the Raiders to reach the postseason in their first season under new coach Dennis Allen.

"I think we're a playoff team," Palmer said. "We got a lot of work to do, but we've been at it in OTAs and mini-camps and now training camp is around the corner. Guys have been studying hard and working on the new system. It's go time."

McKenzie initially feared Palmer had made a "promise." Not quite -- and neither would the GM.

"But I'm encouraged by what I saw during the offseason, No. 1 being that everybody seems to be on the same page," McKenzie said. "We just need to keep progressing. We can make this happen."


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