The Chiefs kicked off their mandatory mini-camp today in Kansas City and after the first practice of the day, Todd Haley met with the media. With Brodie Croyle returning to practice he was able to talk about a healthy stable of quarterbacks, but it was the least likely of the group — Tyler Palko — that caught the coach’s eye.
“I think that Tyler has a chance,” Haley said. “He comes from a football background, he is energetic and he has been around some really good quarterbacks in the years following school. He has had great exposure in New Orleans with QB Drew Brees and Sean Payton who I know really well. He spent time in Arizona with QB Kurt (Warner) and Kenny (Whisenhunt).
“I am excited about some of the things he is doing. He is like all the others, he is working hard to compete and give himself a chance to make the team.”
When he signed back in March, it seemed Palko would be nothing more than training camp fodder. But seeing him jump right in and take the second team snaps in practice ahead of Matt Gutierrez shouldn’t be overlooked.
It’s a long shot that he pushes Croyle to be Cassel’s backup, but it does appear there will be a very real competition to be the Chiefs third quarterback.
Just for fun, re-live the moment when Palko absolutely destroyed Pacman Jones in a Pitt-West Virginia game.