Breaking down Tyler Palko

September, 5, 2011
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We might be hearing a lot about Tyler Palko this week. The Kansas City Star reported that Chiefs’ coach Todd Haley told the backup quarterback to be ready to play Sunday in the season opener against visiting Buffalo because starter Matt Cassel has a rib injury.

Palko, 28, has never started an NFL game and he has tossed just six passes in regular-season action. We enlisted Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. to break down Palko. Williamson has a unique take on Palko. He helped recruit him to Pitt and was at the school with Palko.

Williamson says he thinks the left-handed Palko would be able to handle the challenge of starting against Buffalo if Cassel can’t play.

“The best way to describe (Palko) is this: Coach’s son, a student of the game,” Williamson said. “Eats, sleeps and breathes it. Very coach-friendly. He’s a good athlete. He’s tough, smart. He’s a very average thrower of the football, but he has obviously worked on it quite a bit and he looks to be improving.”

Meanwhile, here is a piece about left-handed quarterbacks that I wrote when Denver drafted lefty Tim Tebow.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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