Tyler Palko had an interesting first start as the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback.
The bottom line was the Chiefs were beat, 34-3, at New England on Monday night and Palko threw three interceptions, including one that was thrown in triple coverage in the end zone. So, the 28-year-old left-hander was far from terrific in his first start since Matt Cassel was put on the injured reserve with a broken hand. However, he did have his moments considering he entered the game with just 13 career NFL passes. Palko looked comfortable at times and he ended up with a decent stat line as he completed 25 of 38 passes for 236 yards.
I’m not saying Palko has the look of a future star nor do I think he can currently be looked as a threat to take Cassel’s job, but he could be a not-so horrible short-term option.
I caught up with Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson to get his thoughts on Palko’s debut. Here’s Williamson’s take:
“The game was not too big for Palko. He is extremely well prepared and strong from a mental and toughness perspective. He also moves very well, can extend plays and is a good runner with the ball.
“I don’t think Kansas City can really be competitive, though. That was not a good defense that they faced and Kansas City had to use every trick in the book just to generate offense. And what worried me most was when the Chiefs got near the goal line or had to play on a shrunken field, the wheels totally came off. They moved the ball well in the middle of the field, but when everything speeds up-it was over. Part of that is lack of experience from Palko, but some of it is also lack of arm strength and ability to put the ball in tight spaces in a quicker amount of time.”