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Around the AFC West

5/19/2010

Denver

A Denver columnist believes Brady Quinn could be the team’s starter.

My take: If Quinn wins the job, it will have nothing to do with first-round pick Tim Tebow. He will get his chance to play at some point, perhaps late in the 2010 season. If Quinn gets the job that would mean projected starter Kyle Orton gets traded or cut. Remember, the Broncos want the future to be Tebow and no one else. There is virtually no chance Quinn becomes Denver’s long-term starting quarterback without Tebow getting an extended chance to play at some point.

Kansas City

A Kansas City columnist believes this is a crucial year for quarterback Matt Cassel.

My take: There’s no doubt this is a vital year for Cassel. The Chiefs gave Cassel help in the coaching room, on the offensive line, and at the receiver position and running back. If Cassel doesn’t make improvements this season, it will be a very bad sign for his future in Kansas City.

Oakland

Here is a piece on whether new quarterback Jason Campbell can make the Raiders a winner.

My take: I think he will help win a few more games. I don’t necessarily buy the idea that Campbell is the missing link. He is an average player. But he is a big upgrade at quarterback and that will translate into more wins. There’s no doubt Oakland is much more competitive with Campbell than former starter JaMarcus Russell.

San Diego

The Chargers’ young receivers took advantage of Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd not being at organized team activities.

My take: The youngsters could get a lot of work this summer. At this point, Jackson is not expected to show up for next week’s minicamp because he hasn’t signed his restricted free agency tender. So, he could be gone a while. Floyd is in the same boat, but because he is less established than Jackson, he could return sooner.