When the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Oakland Sunday to take on the Raiders, QB Matt Cassel will be staring across the field at his former roommate and player he backed up while at USC in Carson Palmer. The new Raiders quarterback was just acquired this week in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals after sitting out all season in protest.
The Raiders have sent mixed messages — as any team should — about if Palmer will be ready to play, though Oakland offensive coordinator Al Saunders said Wednesday he would play “as long as he’s breathing”. Cassel, for one, believes Palmer has what it takes to step right in for the Raiders.
“I’m sure if anybody can do it, Carson can do it,” Cassel said at his weekly press conference.
Cassel talked about how he’s excited about his friend getting a chance to play again, but also getting a chance to play against him in the same division for the first time in his playing career.
“I’m also excited to get the opportunity to play against him. I think he’s a great quarterback and obviously has a tremendous amount of skills. It’ll be fun to be out there and be competing.”
While the two friends have never shared a division, they did face off as starters once back in 2009 when Palmer led the Bengals to a 17-10 victory over the Chiefs.