The Oakland Raiders have added free agent T.J. Houshmandzadeh to their receiving corps, giving them a veteran presence among their relatively young wideouts. Head coach Hue Jackson has said that Houshmandzadeh "has a chance" to see the field as soon as this Sunday, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
Houshmandzadeh played with quarterback Carson Palmer in Cinncinnati for several years and will be reunited with Palmer in Oakland. The Raiders will bank on the chemistry between these two players as the 10-year NFL veteran prepares to make his first appearance of the season.
Houshmandzadeh posted seasons of between 900 and 1,200 receiving yards for six straight years before posting only 398 yards and three touchdowns with the Baltimore Ravens last year. He saw limited action and only started two games in 2010, a number that could be much higher this season if he can re-establish a strong rapport with Palmer.
The 34-year-old will need to be sharp on Sunday after so much time away from the field should he play. Jackson may be better off giving Houshmandzadeh more time practicing with the team before inserting him into a game right away.