Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders spoke with a Kansas City radio station Wednesday morning. Among the interesting tidbits, Saunders hinted that Carson Palmer might start against the Chiefs on Sunday.
“If he’s ready to go, that’s a real consideration,” Saunders said on “Fescoe In The Morning” 610-AM.
When asked later by the host, “What do you need to see out of Carson Palmer to tell you he’s ready to go in order to where he can put you in position to be successful?” Saunders had a quick reply.
“As long as he’s breathing,” Saunders said.
Naturally, the decision on whether Palmer starts Sunday rests with coach Hue Jackson. He said Tuesday that he hasn’t decided yet whether to start Palmer.
“I’m not going to let that out of the bag just yet,” Jackson said. “But you’ve got to be ready for anything from me.”
Jackson surprised many by starting outside linebacker Aaron Curry last Sunday, two days after he joined the Raiders via trade from the Seattle Seahawks and with only one practice under his belt.
Of course, playing quarterback entails knowing far more than linebacker. Palmer is about 20 minutes away from taking the field with the Raiders for the first time.
He worked out Tuesday and performed well enough to prompt a lot of superlatives, Saunders said.
“He walked out on the field yesterday, and everybody kind of looked at everybody and said, ‘You know what? This is a real quarterback,’ ” Saunders said. “That was the comment made by a couple people as they watched him throw. It just depends on how quickly he feels comfortable in what we’re doing, and that shouldn’t take too long.”
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