AFC West: Kyle Boller

The Carson Palmer dilemma

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Carson PalmerAP Photo/Jeff ChiuQuarterback Carson Palmer hasn't lived up to expectations since coming to Oakland last season.
The Hue Jackson era lasted 16 games in Oakland.

However, the ramifications of the inexperienced-coach-gone-wild could affect the Raiders’ organization for years.

Sunday marks a pivotal game in the current state of the franchise when the Raiders host Jacksonville. It will be the 16th game with quarterback Carson Palmer in Oakland, thus marking his first full season with the club. The Raiders are 5-10 since acquiring Palmer.

That is the problem when evaluating Jackson’s knee-jerk trade for Palmer and for figuring out what the Raiders should do with Palmer -- who turns 33 in December and who hasn’t had a great NFL season since 2007 -- moving forward.

The Palmer situation is a true dilemma for the new Oakland regime, which inherited him. First of all, Palmer is not a bad quarterback. He is serviceable. The Raiders could do a lot worse than Palmer. New Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie and new coach Dennis Allen have supported Palmer. Palmer is a true professional. He works hard. He is liked by his teammates and he has a strong approach to the game.

But the truth, and the problem, is Palmer hasn’t made the Raiders a winner and there is doubt he’ll ever become a difference-maker as he continues to get older. Will the Palmer trade ever pay off big like Jackson (now, incidentally, an assistant in Cincinnati) thought it would when he called it the “best trade in football”?

And make no mistake, Jackson (fired when the Raiders went in a new direction in January) traded for Palmer with the intent of winning immediately and winning big.

In Week 6 of last season, the Raiders lost starting quarterback Jason Campbell to a broken collarbone. Instead of going with backup Kyle Boller, Jackson went big and traded for Palmer, thinking he was the answer to his Super Bowl dreams. The price was steep. Jackson gave up a first-round draft pick in 2012 (which turned out to be the No. 17 overall pick) and a second-round pick next year. If the Raiders don’t turn around their season, that choice could end up being a top-35 pick.

Jackson made the trade because he thought Palmer, who was essentially retired from the Bengals because he no longer wanted to play for the team, would keep the Raiders on their playoff pace. Yet, Oakland went 4-6 after the trade. This season has been no better as Palmer has been unable to make a difference on a team that has big holes throughout the roster and is just 1-4.

Palmer has thrown 19 interceptions in 15 games as a Raider. Last week, he soiled an otherwise strong performance by throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown late in an eventual 23-20 loss at Atlanta.

Palmer has been far from a disaster on the field. He is on pace for career highs in attempts, completions and yards passing. But there have been few explosive plays and Oakland is 31st in the NFL in touchdowns scored, and its 17.4 scoring average is the fifth lowest in the NFL. Palmer, known as a premier deep-pass thrower, has struggled in that area this season. His Total QBR is 51.1, which is 20th in the NFL.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Raiders averaged nine more points and committed a half turnover less in the 16 games prior to Palmer’s arrival. The Raiders’ passing yardage is up 59 yards with Palmer, but is that worth the increase in interceptions and the decrease in victories?

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. thinks Palmer is a poor fit for the West Coast offense used by new Oakland coordinator Greg Knapp.

“I just don’t see the fit,” Horton said. “Plus, he makes a lot of bad decisions. It just seems like it was a bad trade from the start.”

Will Oakland decide to cut bait on the Palmer trade next year? If the losing continues, the Raiders could get a top-five pick. That could put them in position to draft a top quarterback such as USC’s Matt Barkley or West Virginia’s Geno Smith. But it isn’t that easy.

The Raiders have big needs at all levels of the defense. Oakland may be best served to bypass a top quarterback for now and address more pressing needs. Then, there’s the presence of 2011 supplemental pick Terrelle Pryor. The Raiders could choose to continue to groom him under Palmer.

But if Palmer stays in Oakland for the next few years, will he give the Raiders a chance to win big? If he can’t win now, who is to say he will improve? Is he anything more than a pricey stop-gap option?

“I tend to doubt it,” ESPN.com's Matt Williamson said. “This franchise just needs so much to really be a contender. By the time all those other needs are filled, Palmer will be declining even worse.”

That was not Jackson’s plan when he made the trade he is no longer involved with, but forever connected to.
The San Diego Chargers have reportedly found a camp arm.

The North County Times is reporting that the team will sign veteran Kevin O'Connell. The San Diego State product likely won’t be around long.

He is being signed because backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst will be out a couple of weeks with an injury. So, O’Connell might stick around for a preseason game or two. The team signed Kyle Boller late last week. He retired after one day with the team.

In other AFC West news:

The Chiefs signed former Baltimore linebacker/tight end Edgar Jones. He is expected to be a linebacker for the Chiefs. He replaces safety Kyle McCarthy on the roster. McCarthy suffered a season-ending knee injury Friday, the first day of practice for the Chiefs. He had a chance to make the roster.

With Quinton Carter dealing with a hamstring injury, the Broncos signed safety Anthony Perkins to help with camp safety depth.
In the end, Juron Criner and his agent concluded a fight against NFL guidelines was a no-win situation and getting the promising receiver to Oakland training camp in time overrode the importance of the fight.

Predictably, a dispute over bonus money ended Sunday morning when the fifth-round pick from Arizona signed with the Raiders. He was the final draft pick in the AFC West to sign. The Raiders begin training camp Monday.

Criner wanted $158,000 in signing bonus money because it was in line with what the picks taken just before him received. However, he was the first supplemental pick of the round and the bonus money slotting for supplemental picks dip dramatically. The Raiders were offering $144,000 because it was in line with the NFL Management Council guidelines. Few around the NFL thought Criner would win the fight and they were right.

According to a source close to the situation, Criner received what the Raiders were offering with some adjustments later in the contract. Ultimately, Criner’s dispute was not with the Raiders, but with the NFL’s guidelines. That fight was simply not worth pursuing for a young player who couldn’t afford to miss any camp time.

Criner did the right thing by signing his deal. Now he can go concentrate on making an instant impact with the Raiders.

In other AFC West news:

The winner in the Chargers' issues at backup quarterback is undrafted rookie Jarrett Lee. The LSU product has been impressive so far. Backup Charlie Whitehurst is out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury. The team signed Kyle Boller for the short-term, but he retired after one day. The Chargers will likely bring in another camp arm while Whitehurst heals, but in the meantime Lee is getting valuable extra work.

The Raiders signed two undrafted rookies -- linebacker Chad Kilgore of Northwest Missouri State and receiver DeAundre Muhammad of Indiana.
Kyle Boller isn’t an inspired signing by the San Diego Chargers but there appears to be little chance he will be with the team during the regular season.

U-T San Diego is reporting that Boller, a former Oakland backup, was signed to be a camp quarterback. San Diego coach Norv Turner said Friday that backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst strained his knee in Thursday’s first camp practice. He is expected to be out for a couple of weeks.

Thus, Boller is simply there for camp and depth. If Whitehurst’s injury, for some reason, becomes worse, perhaps former San Diego backup Billy Volek will be in the mix.

Meanwhile, left tackle Jared Gaither is fine after leaving practice Thursday. However, oft-injured linebacker Larry English missed Friday’s practice. This is a make-or-break season for the 2009 first-round pick.

In other AFC West news:

The Raiders signed third-round pick Tony Bergstrom on Friday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland's fifth-round pick, receiver Juron Criner -- the last unsigned draft pick in the AFC West -- is expected to sign by Sunday’s reporting date. I’d be shocked if Criner isn’t at Monday’s first practice. There is no reason for a fifth-round pick to hold out for even a minute.
Peyton Manning recently signed a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos. Yet, at 36, Manning probably has three good years left before Denver must re-assess their future.

In an Insider piece Insider,Todd McShay writes there is a perfect developmental prospect available in this draft for the Broncos -- Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler.

The 6-foot-7 Osweiler has a big arm, but he is raw and he needs time to learn the game. He’d have time and top-notch mentoring from Manning. The Broncos are clearly in accordance with McShay on Osweiler. The team’s brass has studied him and I think he could be a target of the team in the third round if he is available.

Meanwhile, here are several of the Jon Gruden quarterback camp videos. Check out the videos of Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, Osweiler and Kirk Cousins. The Chiefs and Broncos have been linked to these players.

In other AFC West news:

NFL.com reports the Ravens will be working out quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Dennis Dixon. Boller was Oakland’s backup last season and he is not expected to be back with the Raiders in 2012. Dixon visited Denver a few weeks ago. The Broncos still have some interest in Dixon.

ESPN The Magazine offers a wonderful look at Manning’s process in free agency and the special mentorship he leaned on during the trying time. It’s a worth a check.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen talks about what he is looking for from young quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Every team in the AFC West will likely have a new backup quarterback in 2012.

With the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs making their moves the past two days, the focus is now on the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders.

Friday night, the Chargers signed former No. 3 quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (the Chargers traded him to the Seattle Seahawks two years ago) and cut quarterback Billy Volek. Whitehurst will backup starter Philip Rivers. Saturday, Denver free agent Brady Quinn signed with Kansas City where he will back up Matt Cassel.

With Quinn gone, the Broncos will have a new backup regardless if Peyton Manning or Tim Tebow is the starter.

Oakland is expected to move on from Kyle Boller, who had a connection with former head coach Hue Jackson. Matt Leinart is a likely target. He played for new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in Houston and Leinart is close with Oakland starter Carson Palmer. Leinart was a backup to Palmer early in his career at USC.

Denver’s search for a backup quarterback will be more difficult to peg. In addition to Volek, Vince Young and David Garrard are also options.

Mailbag: Tim Tebow to Jaguars?

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Weekend mail call:

James from Colorado wants to know what quarterbacks could replace Tim Tebow as the Broncos’ starting quarterback without fan scrutiny.

Bill Williamson: Of the quarterback available this year, I think it is small group. I think there’s Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III and that’s it. Luck and Griffin are out of the picture. Yet, the Broncos are trying aggressively to make Manning Tebow's successor. I think would be accepted, even by Tebow’s most ardent supporters. They would have to understand. Any other of the available quarterbacks would likely invoke some sort of backlash.

James from Azusa, Calif., wants to know if the Raiders could sign a backup quarterback.

BW: Kyle Boller was connected to former coach Hue Jackson. I think the Raiders will look to move on. There is a chance Terrelle Pryor could become the No. 2 quarterback. Still, I would expect a veteran to come in to produce competition for Pryor. There are several backups available. If new Oakland coach Dennis Allen liked what he saw of Brady Quinn in practice when both were in Denver last year, the Raiders could be interested.

Tyler from Denver wants to know if there is any way Jacksonville would trade the No. 7 pick to the Broncos for Tebow.

BW: New Jacksonville owner Shahid Khan has said he would have drafted Tebow, who is from Jacksonville. Tebow would surely sell tickets and he would be a shot in the arm for the struggling franchise. But the Jaguars just drafted Blaine Gabbert with the No. 10 pick last season. If would be very surprising to see the Jaguars give up the No. 7 pick for Tebow. If they were interested, I’m sure it is something the Broncos would be willing to do, especially if they land Manning.
The Oakland Raiders have officially announced the first member of Dennis Allen’s staff.

The Raiders just put out a release formally announcing the hiring of offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. His hiring was widely reported Tuesday. This is Knapp’s second tour as Oakland’s offensive coordinator. Knapp -- who was Houston’s offensive coordinator the past two years -- was Oakland’s offensive coordinator in 2007-08. He was stripped of his duties by coach Tom Cable in 2008.

Oakland’s offense was awful when Knapp was originally with the team. However, the unit has much more talent now. Here are my thoughts on the Knapp hire from Tuesday.

Meanwhile, I’ve been asked by many readers if Knapp could bring Matt Leinart with him as a backup. Leinart is under contract in 2012, but I could see him being cut because T.J. Yates will likely back up Matt Schaub. If that is the case, I could see Knapp wanting Leinart to back up Carson Palmer. The team may not have interest in bringing back Kyle Boller. He was in Oakland because of his ties to former coach Hue Jackson. Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor may not be ready to be a backup, so Leinart could come in and play if he is available.

With Knapp officially on board, the Raiders’ next biggest hire is defensive coordinator. The Raiders have talked to former San Diego defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. The Raiders have been denied permission to talk to multiple candidates. If Manusky doesn’t get the job, San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell could also be in play.

AFC West Stock Watch

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FALLING

1. Excitement over Carson Palmer in Oakland: Whether it is unfair or not, there has to be some worry in Oakland about Palmer. He threw three interceptions in the second half after he was inserted in Sunday’s 28-0 loss to Kansas City. It may not be a big deal. Palmer did not expect to play in the game after just three practice days in Oakland and he hadn’t played since Week 17 of last season. So, the odds were stacked against him. Still, Palmer came to Oakland with the expectations of helping the Raiders win a title. He needs to quickly turn it around.

2. The Crispness of the Chargers’ offense: The Chargers have one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. However, at the New York Jets, the passing game was in disarray in the second half, the running game couldn’t get going and the Chargers were disorganized during their final drive. There was a sharpness that was lacking.

3. Kyle Boller's future: Don’t expect Boller to be back in Oakland next year. The main job of a backup quarterback is his ability to lead his team to a win when needed. But Boller was awful in his start against Kansas City. The Raiders can’t have any confidence in him moving forward.

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AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezThe Chiefs have won three straight games since Todd Haley stopped shaving.
RISING

1. The myth of Tim Tebow: In the end, it didn’t matter that Tim Tebow was awful for 55 minutes in his first start of the season. What mattered is his that he led Denver to a wild comeback that ended in overtime. Again, Tebow may have not been good, but he did enough to win when it counted. That will keep him in the job.

2. The power of Todd Haley’s beard: The Chiefs are now 3-3 after starting 0-3. However, since Haley start growing his beard, the Chiefs have not lost and Haley is off the hot seat. He will not shave until his team losses.

3. John Fox’s confidence in Tebow: After the Broncos’ win at Miami, the Denver coach said he saw Tebow make strides Sunday and he expects him to continue to make strides. Fox had always been very measured when talking about Tebow. However, these comments indicate Fox is warming to the quarterback.
Carson PalmerCary Edmondson/US PresswireCarson Palmer could not shake off the rust as he completed just 8 of 21 passes in his Raiders debut.
OAKLAND -- Carson Palmer arrived at his first game as an Oakland Raider on Sunday, preparing to essentially be a high-profile part of the Raider Nation.

Palmer’s expectation was to simply watch from the sideline and learn the Raiders’ offense from that vantage point. He had no clue he’d actually play.

Completing a weird week for the Raiders and the veteran quarterback, though, Palmer made his Oakland debut in the third quarter. He promptly contributed to the most miserable day of what so far had been a season of renaissance by the Bay. The player bought with a king’s ransom to help keep the Raiders on the championship course coach Hue Jackson vows they are on instead participated in a 28-0 blowout loss to the suddenly resurgent Kansas City Chiefs.

After backup Kyle Boller threw three interceptions -- fans were already chanting Palmer’s name after Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis returned an interception for a touchdown on the Raiders’ opening offensive drive -- Palmer entered the game to a rousing ovation, only to fare just as poorly as Boller.

Palmer -- who completed a pass on his first play -- was 8-of-21 passing for 116 yards. He threw three interceptions, including one that was returned for a score. His passer rating was 17.3. Boller’s passer rating was 22.3

Now the Raiders have two weeks to mull whether Palmer’s less-than-stirring performance was borne out of rust and unfamiliarity or if it's an ominous sign that the Raiders overpaid for a quarterback whose play has declined in the past three seasons. Palmer hadn’t played since Week 17 of last season, and he had only three days of practice with the Raiders.

Oakland gave up a first-round pick in 2012 and a potential first-round pick in 2013 for Palmer. The Raiders scrambled to make the trade-deadline deal when starter Jason Campbell broke his collarbone last Sunday. The Raiders brought in Palmer -- Jackson coached him at both USC and Cincinnati -- with the intention of making him their long-term starter.

It clearly would be premature to say trading for Palmer was a bad idea because of Sunday’s events. However, the Raiders will be questioned for their handling of the situation.

If Palmer wasn’t prepared enough to start Sunday, how could he have been ready to play nearly half the game and take charge of trying to engineer a comeback from down 21-0?

Palmer’s and Jackson’s explanations of the situation varied some. Jackson said he had hoped to play Palmer in the fourth quarter Sunday in an ideal situation. Palmer maintained that he did not expect to play.

They both said they think Palmer's playing experience will help him down the road this season.

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AP Photo/Paul SakumaKyle Boller was replaced in the third quarter after throwing three interceptions.
Jackson said he told his quarterbacks Saturday that Boller would start. He said he knew his decision all along and that there was gamesmanship at play. On Sunday, Jackson said Boller got about 80 percent of the repetitions in practice, while Palmer and rookie Terrelle Pryor (he had a cameo role in the Wildcat formation in his NFL debut) split the other 20 percent of the practice snaps. Jackson said that while the Raiders wanted Palmer to play as soon as possible, the reality was he had been sitting “on the couch” this week.

There’s no doubt Palmer will start Nov. 6 when Denver visits. The Raiders have their bye in Week 8.

Palmer had been working out on his own in Southern California until his trade from Cincinnati. Palmer called the past five days “surreal” and said that he had very little practice experience with his new teammates.

He said he didn’t know he was going into the game until shortly before he did, in Oakland’s second possession of the third quarter. He did say Jackson mentioned it as a possibility at halftime. Jackson said he pressed Palmer into action to provide a spark. Apparently, he didn’t think the Raiders needed that spark before the game.

Don’t worry about Palmer's forgettable Oakland debut ruining the confidence of the nine-year pro. Palmer -- who said at his introductory news conference Tuesday that he would need time to get acclimated -- chalked up his poor outing to rust and lack of knowledge of the situation and vowed to be fully ready to face the Broncos. Somewhat defiantly, Jackson said the quarterback shuffle had nothing to do with the loss Sunday and he put it on himself, saying he deserves the blame. As he does after each defeat, Jackson repeatedly promised that the Raiders will bounce back and they will be fine.

There’s no doubt this was a difficult situation for Oakland. Not only was there the quarterback flux, but star running back Darren McFadden missed most of the game with a foot injury, tight end Kevin Boss left with a concussion and middle linebacker Rolando McClain had a setback in his recovery from a foot injury. Also, kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed the game with a hamstring injury. The bye week will be used for much more than simply getting Palmer up to speed.

In the end, the Raiders squandered a chance to take over first place in the AFC West. San Diego lost at the New York Jets earlier Sunday. The Chargers are 4-2. Oakland is 4-3 and the Chiefs -- who have won three straight games -- are looming at 3-3. Denver is 2-4. If the Chiefs beat the visiting Chargers on "Monday Night Football" on Oct. 31, there will be a three-way tie for first place in the division.

The Raiders have to like where they are in the division mix despite Sunday’s humbling loss.

“When you get beat by a team that you expect to beat, it’s always difficult,” Palmer said.

Palmer knows he had a hand in the loss, but he also knows his opportunity in Oakland is just beginning.

With Jackson’s questionable handling of the situation now over, Jackson and Palmer now must focus on improving from this shaky start and proving to the league that the Raiders’ gamble eventually will pay off.


OAKLAND, Calif. – A look at a game in which the Kansas City Chiefs got back into the AFC West race:

What it means: The Chiefs are relevant in the AFC West again. Their thumping of the beat-up Raiders improved their record to 3-3. The Chiefs have overcome massive injuries and a 0-3 start. Coach Todd Haley --- who hasn’t shaved since the team has started winning -- deserves immense credit for bringing this team back to .500. The Raiders fell to 4-3. In addition to the Kyle Boller-Carson Palmer quarterback issues, the Raiders played most of the game without running back Darren McFadden, who has a foot issue, and the entire game without kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

Tomorrow’s talker: The Raiders’ weird decision at quarterback will be chatted about often. Oakland didn’t feel like Palmer was ready to start because he practiced just three days after being traded from Cincinnati. Yet the Raiders felt it was necessary to put in Palmer when Boller landed them in a 21-0 hole. Both quarterbacks were dreadful. Each player threw three interceptions and each had one retuned for a score.

Streak over: The Raiders’ streak of eight consecutive AFC West victories is over. It was the longest current streak in the NFL. The Raiders swept the division last year. That won’t happen this year.

Chiefs' weapons: The Chiefs are starting to show real versatility on offense, even without star running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki, both out for the season with knee injuries. Quarterback Matt Cassel has been terrific during the Chiefs’winning streak and he has a nice chemistry with receivers Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston. Running back Jackie Battle is doing enough and the Chiefs even threw in cornerback Javier Arenas for a score out of the Wildcat. First-round pick Jonathan Baldwin made his debut Sunday and he looks to get more action as the season progresses. This team is getting dangerous, folks.

Flowers blooms: Last year, in Oakland, Kansas City standout cornerback Brandon Flowers struggled badly. Sunday, though, Flowers was outstanding. He intercepted a Palmer pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and he made several big plays in the game.

What’s next: Kansas City hosts first place San Diego (4-2) on Monday Night Football on Oct. 31. The Raiders have their bye in Week 8, then come back to host Denver in Week 9. If the Chiefs beat the Chargers, there will be a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West after Week 8.

Boller starts, so do Palmer chants

October, 23, 2011
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Backup quarterback Kyle Boller came out to the field for the Oakland Raiders' first possession Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Boller was intercepted by Kendrick Lewis, who took it back for a touchdown.

Apparently, Carson Palmer, acquired Tuesday, didn’t feel comfortable enough in Oakland’s system to start today. Expect Palmer -- who potentially could play today -- to start against Denver on November 6 when the Raiders return from their bye week.

Oakland fans are chatting Palmer’s name.

Rookie Terrelle Pryor came in and took a direct snap on third down of the Raiders’ first possession. But the Raiders were called for a penalty. Pryor is making his NFL debut Sunday.

Carson Palmer is active

October, 23, 2011
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OAKLAND -- Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer is active. The Raiders have not announced who will start.

Palmer has been on the field warning up since shortly after 1 p.m. ET. ESPN’s Colleen Dominquez has reported that the decision if Palmer plays will be up to him. The Oakland coaching staff is going to let Palmer decide if he is comfortable enough physically and emotionally to play. He hasn’t played since Jan. 2. Oakland gave up a first-round pick in 2012 and a conditional first-round pick in 2013 to Cincinnati for Palmer on Tuesday, two days after starter Jason Campbell broke his collarbone.

If Palmer doesn’t play Sunday, Kyle Boller will start. Rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor is active for the first time this season.

Meanwhile, Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski is inactive with a hamstring injury. Oakland signed Dave Rayner to kick.

Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain is active after missing all week of practice with a foot injury.

Kansas City rookie receiver Jonathan Baldwin is expected to make his debut Sunday.

Campbell is on the Oakland sideline. He had surgery Monday.

Carson Palmer on field

October, 23, 2011
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OAKLAND -- For what it’s worth, newly acquired Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer on currently on the field warming up and throwing passes.

He is the only Oakland quarterback on the field.

It could mean he is going to play Sunday or it could mean he is simply warming up. But it is worth noting that Palmer is working already.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson has not announced whether Palmer or backup Kyle Boller will play Sunday against Kansas City. Palmer has had three days of practice with the Raiders.

Oakland-bound

October, 22, 2011
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I will be in Oakland on Sunday for the only intra-AFC West division game of Week 7 as the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Oakland Raiders.

It is going to be a wild scene to see whether the Raiders start the Carson Palmer era or go with backup Kyle Boller.

The 4-2 Raiders are trying to win their ninth AFC West game in a row. They have the longest current intra-division winning streak in the NFL. The 2-3 Chiefs, meanwhile, are looking for their third straight win.

I can't wait to see how Palmer looks in an Oakland uniform and if the Chiefs can take advantage of his rust.

Please join me for pre, in and post-game coverage. I will also have coverage of the rest of the AFC West action.

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