Will Palmer start? Jackson won't say

October 20, 2011, 4:11 am
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ALAMEDA -- While Carson Palmer took first-team snaps Wednesday in his first practice since being acquired in a trade with Cincinnati, so too did Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor.And coach Hue Jackson said he is not yet ready to name anyone as his starter for the Kansas City game on Sunday, despite earlier reports that had Palmer starting against the Chiefs."You hear it come from me?" an incredulous Jackson said. "It didn't come from anybody over here. I know I never said that."Still, he never said Palmer would not start, either.

"I'll let you know that later on in the week," Jackson said. "I mean, again, it's one day. He's going to go back tonight, and go in afterpractice and I've got to see where his body is. That takes time. I'm not in a rush. I don't have to rush that decision. I'm going to take my time and see where they are and see how fast he picks up the system, see how fast he gets in line with his teammates and we'll kind of go from there."Palmer, acquired for a first-round pick in next April's draft and a conditional second-rounder in 2013, last took a meaningful snap in January.He does, however, have a certain familiarity with Jackson, having played for him at USC and with the Bengals. And while the offensive language may not be the same, the concepts are.So, in Palmer's mind, could he cram enough to start?I'm doing everything I can and preparing as if that's the case," he said, "and we'll see what happens.""There's definitely a learning curve involved for sure, and I noticed that right off the bat. But it was exciting. It was fun to be playing football, it was fun to be in a huddle again, it was fun to be throwing routes in seven-on-seven and teams and all these things. But I definitely have my work cut out for me as far as getting the verbiage down, especially when it comes to playing the quarterback position. Getting the verbiage down and telling guys where to go is something that is gonna take a little bit."Palmer, Boller and Pryor were the last three off the practice field, along with receivers Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy."It was good to see Carson out there starting to get the reps," Ford said. "It will take a little time to get used to us and get the timing down. But he looked good for the first day."It's just a matter of the timing. He has to get that down and get used to the offense and has to get used to new receivers. Whenever we can do that, we'll be clicking on all cylindersmyself and DHB, we were after practice working with him on certain routes so we can get the timing down so whatever we do in practice comes naturally in the game."