Around the AFC West

September, 17, 2010
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Denver

The Broncos are starting to air it out.

My take: It’s part of the maturation of Kyle Orton in Denver. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels clearly is more comfortable with Orton, and he trusts Orton more than he did a year ago. Orton didn’t throw deep much at all last year. Yet, in Week 1, he hit five plays of 25 yards or more. This is an important facet to Orton’s arsenal and to Denver’s offense.

Kansas City

The Chiefs extended the contract of linebacker Andy Studebaker.

My take: Nice call. Studebaker is a fun player to watch. He is a playmaker and an energizer. He is an overachiever who helps both on defense and on special teams. He’s the type of player good teams need on the roster. He is fairly inexpensive and he sells out on every play.

Oakland

Left tackle Mario Henderson is taking a lot of heat after a poor performance in Week 1.

My take: Henderson wasn’t great, but let’s not target just him. The entire line struggled last week. It’s not just Henderson’s fault.

San Diego

Here is a look at four teams connected in Vincent Jackson trade talks.

My take: The list includes St. Louis, Seattle, Minnesota and Washington. I know several teams have considered trading for Jackson. A lot of people around the league believe Minnesota will emerge as the team that trades for Jackson. Still, San Diego must be satisfied in this deal or nothing will happen.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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