Could Gradkowski be on the bubble?

August, 20, 2010
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Some early AFC West notes to digest:

The San Francisco Chronicle suggests backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski’s spot on the 53-man roster could be in jeopardy. I’d be surprised. Gradkowski is beloved by his coaches and teammates. I just don’t believe he would lose a spot on this team because of an injury. He was too valuable last season when he played.

Meanwhile, in the same article, the Darrius Heyward-Bey “fatigue” issue is being addressed. A lot has been made of this issue this week. Heyward-Bey missed four days of practice because his coach, Tom Cable, said his legs are tired after a long offseason and training camp. It’s a tad strange because every player in the league works hard. I’m going to withhold judgment on this one. But if it continues, it could be an issue. The Raiders are counting on Heyward-Bey whether he’s tired or not.

The rumors persist that the Detroit Lions will make a play for Kansas City holdout safety Jarrad Page. I can’t imagine why the Chiefs would object to a trade if the price is decent. The Chiefs simply don’t care about Page’s holdout. They are moving forward at safety without him.

Meanwhile, Kansas City owner Clark Hunt is in favor of the league adopting an 18-game schedule. Why wouldn’t he? All owners want it. More games, more money.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has an interesting story on how the defensive backs in San Diego feel better without Antonio Cromartie. I often heard Cromartie was a troublesome influence in the Chargers’ secondary room. Combine his inconsistency and his off-field demeanor and it’s easy to see why the Chargers feel better about Cromartie being a New York Jet.

The Broncos are reportedly close to signing the little brother of standout linebacker D.J. Williams.

Bill Williamson | email

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