When the Kansas City Chiefs drafted QB Ricky Stanzi in the fifth round of April’s NFL draft, backups Brodie Croyle and Tyler Palko immediately became expendable. To help keep up, Palko told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he has been working out with WR Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona and Minneapolis.
“I’ve been out there since February. We have a group of guys out there. We have a trainer who trains us. At the beginning of June we moved up to Minneapolis, so he could be close to his family.
“We’re training our [butts] off up there. I need to be with guys like this, so I can throw to pro-Bowlers and get my timing down. It’s been fun.”
Hopefully Palko likes throwing up jump balls for Fitzgerald because he will get to do it plenty with first round pick Jonathan Baldwin whenever the Chiefs finally get to put some pads on. That’s not to say Baldwin is Fitzgerald, but at nearly 6’5″ the Kansas City rookie is over an inch taller than the All-Pro.
The battle behind Matt Cassel should be fascinating to watch in training camp, at least for geeks like me that love seeing guys fit for those final roster spots. While trying to predict “The Right 53” last year, I assumed that the Chiefs would only carry two quarterbacks and for a while I was right. It’s way too early to know how the roster will shake out though at the end of June I find it hard to believe Todd Haley will open the season with a rookie as the only QB on his roster other than Cassel.