Archive for the ‘Tyler Palko’ Category

Palko and the “Truck Stick”

September 14, 2007

I have to admit I have no idea what a “Truck Stick” is…but Cracked Femur has it’s top 5 offensive hits ever dealt in college football. Palko running over that BC Safety in the YouTube video below is number 2. Check out the whole list because Iron Head Heyward makes the list as well.

I know this has nothing to do with Palko being in the pros, but any excuse to watch this video again seems good enough for me.

Extra credit for someone who can explain to me what a Truck Stick is and how it’s relevant to the list they put up.

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News & Notes – Brown, Spencer, Palko

September 13, 2007

Just a few small items to wrap up, none really needing their own post.

Chicago Bear Ruben Brown has not practiced this week because of a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable for week 2.

Shawntae Spencer did not practice Wednesday with an elbow injury, but is listed as probably for Sunday.

Tyler Palko was signed back to the Saints practice squad after being released from their 53 man roster  on Tuesday.

Palko released from Saints

September 11, 2007

To make room for defensive end Renaldo Wynn, the Saints have cut Tyler Palko. He hasn’t signed to the practice squad yet, but we’ll keep our eyes out to see where he lands.

Rumors…and an apology

September 8, 2007

Let’s start with an apology. Sorry to Tyler Palko for missing his big move on Thursday. I was writing this article on who was still on NFL teams while he was being moved up to the 53 man roster of the Saints. I listed him as on the Practice Squad, but he was on his way up to the 3rd QB spot that night against the Colts. So Congrats to Tyler, even if it’s a little late.

As for the rumor, there seems to be a lot of talk going around that the Cowboys are looking for another wide receiver especially with Terry Glenn still hobbling around. One of the main names that seems to keep coming up in these discussions is former Cowboy Antonio Bryant. One thing that could hurt Bryant though is that he’d have to serve a two game suspension that is still pending when he gets back.

Just one other small thing, Lousaka Polite gets a mention in the Chicago Tribune in a notes column about being the newest Bear:

Fullback Lousaka Polite,whom the Bears signed to the 53-man roster this week, has blended in without much fanfare—not that he was expecting any.

“It’s a relief, considering I just got released [by Dallas] a couple of days before,” Polite said.

“I like the vibe. I like the team. I can’t wait to do my best to help out.”

Polite isn’t totally unfamiliar with the Bears. He has had numerous phone conversations with starting fullback Jason McKie because both have the same marketing agent.

Palko finishes Senior Bowl Practices

January 26, 2007

Senior Bowl practices have finished, all that is left is playing the game Saturday. Be sure to check back Sunday for some video of Palko, who is third in the rotation behind Troy Smith and Drew Stanton:

“He’ll (Troy Smith) give way to Drew Stanton (Michigan State), and Tyler Palko (Pitt) will be third in our rotation. We are going to play all three to get a look at all three men.”

Fox Sports has an in-depth review of the quarterbacks from the week’s practice, and they don’t have much good to say about Tyler:

Tyler Palko, Pitt — Not big, not fast, average arm. He doesn’t have the raw measurables compared to the other prospects. Simply put, this week showed he can’t throw at an NFL level and might not be more than a backup.

I think we all knew going in that Tyler didn’t have the typical NFL QB build or arm strength, he’s more of an “intangibles” guy…leadership, heart, football IQ, etc…but this still isn’t encouraging. A lot of great QBs (Tom Brady, anyone?) have come out of nowhere in late rounds of the draft, and that’s where it looks like Tyler will get his call. Here’s hoping he can have half the career Brady has put together.

Update:

Great Blue North has a great wrapup of the practices up for each position, and has this to say about Palko:

Jordan Palmer of UTEP and Tyler Palko of Pitt looked more like fre-agent types, although some team is sure to take a late-round chance on Palmer’s size, arm strength and blood lines.

So maybe the late-round pick we spoke of earlier isn’t as likely as we thought.

Senior Bowl Practice Update, Palko and Blades

January 25, 2007

Tyler Senior Bowl

Checking around the internets to get some notes on yesetrday’s Senior Bowl Practices…

Tyler Palko

From DraftBoardInsider.com, who had Tyler in a group of players being downgraded after practice Wednesday:

2 QBs/2 WRs

Tyler Palko threw the first ball with any zip to David Clowney in the corner of the end zone, followed by another strike to Brandon Myles who made a nice catch on a skinny post. Palko also struggled with accuracy.

Tony Hunt did a nice job reeling in a ball thrown over his head by Tyler Palko, who then sailed another ball out of bounds.

1-on-1 WR/DB

Aaron Rouse picked off a Tyler Palko throw intended for Aundrae Allison. Tanard Jackson looked good throughout practice, had a nice play to break up a Palko pass.

9-on-11 (no WRs)

More fumbled snaps, this time from Tyler Palko with Brian Leonard at tailback.

Other notables

In the red zone drills, Eric Weddle had a nice INT on a Tyler Palko pass.

GridironNation.com doesn’t go into as much detail, but seems to have the same feeling after Tyler’s Practice:

Struggling early out of the gate is Pitt QB Tyler Palko who has the athleticism but is having a hard time with mechanics and ability to hit targets.

HB Blades

It’s a little harder to find practice reports mentioning Blades. Apparently he left practice for a pretty large amount of time Wednesday with an arm or shoulder injury, but did return to practice later on.

Scout does have this from Thursday’s morning practice though:

Again- is able to stay on his feet and get to the play but really shows limited speed to the flanks. Beaten on several occasions to the sidelines on running plays.