A league source and multiple Raiders players indicated on Friday that Kyle Boller is likely to start at quarterback for Oakland against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, though no final decision has been made.
There was heavy speculation throughout the week that veteran Carson Palmer, who was acquired in a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, would start just five days after joining the team. Boller's familiarity with the offense and teammates, however, seems to have prevailed for a 4-2 team hoping to keep pace with the AFC West-leading San Diego Chargers.
Coach Hue Jackson said Friday that he and the team knew who the starter would be but he remained non-committal, saying he could even use multiple quarterbacks.
"I know who the starting quarterback is," Jackson said, adding, "We'll have a quarterback that's ready."
Schefter on the Raiders QB situation: "No big surprise, but Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer is expected to start Sunday versus the Chiefs."
Actually, this is a bit surprising considering Palmer hasn't played since the end of the 2010 season and is unfamiliar with the Oakland receivers. We thought that the team would let Kyle Boller start against the Chiefs, which would give Palmer three weeks to get ready for the Broncos after Raiders' Week 8 bye. We're not expecting much from Palmer in his first start with limited preparation. The Raiders are likely to go run-heavy with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush.
quarterback Carson Palmer to the Raiders now official. Compensation is expected to be a 1 in 2012 and a conditional 1 in 2013.
Oakland and Cincinnati spent much of Monday discussing the deal to the point early Monday night when a select few people realized it could happen. People involved in the deal's discussions thought it could happen, but they also recognized how delicate the talks were.
This is a relatively good situation for Palmer to land in, with lots of young talent around him, but don't expect a lot of deep balls to the Raiders young receivers. Palmer comes in as a low end QB2, but it's really a wait and see situation as we're not sure what type of shape Palmer is in, and coming to a new team mid-season is always a challenge.
We certainly wouldn't break the bank to acquire Palmer, but the rest of season schedule is relatively soft. He is better news for Raiders players than Kyle Boller would have been. Darren McFadden remains a must start, top-5 RB.