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AFC West mailbag

Mid-week mail call:

Willie from Poplar Bluff, Mo., wants to know if I believe the Chiefs have done enough to help Matt Cassel improve in 2010.

Bill Williamson: They brought in offensive linemen Casey Wiegmann and Ryan Lilja. That should help. Kansas City now has a decent offensive line, especially if left tackle Branden Albert makes strides in his third year. Skill-position weapons Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster will help, too. Don’t forget about the addition of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. I believe Cassel will feel much more comfortable in his second season than his first season in Kansas City. The Chiefs have him some nice toys to work with.

Josh from Seattle wants to know if new Oakland outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and Trevor Scott will be able to succeed in pass coverage.

BW: Wimbley is mostly a pass rusher, but he can play in coverage some. He is not a star in coverage, but he can get by. We will see how Scott does in coverage in his first full season at linebacker. Like Wimbley, Scott is a better pass rusher than he is in coverage. But he is an athlete, so he has a chance. Oakland clearly feels comfortable with him or it would stick with Thomas Howard as the starter.

Zach from Bellingham, Wash., wants to know if the Chiefs could pursue Patrick Crayton if the receiver is released by the Cowboys.

BW: It looks like Crayton may end up being cut by Dallas. He could pique Kansas City’s interest. Crayton did play for Kansas City coach Todd Haley in Dallas early in his career. So, Haley could be interested in bringing in Crayton. He is an OK player. He had just 37 catches last season. The Chiefs could use another veteran receiver so there could be interest. But Crayton, 31, would simply be a role player for a season or two. I don’t see him being an impact player in an offense at this point.