Denver and Kansas City headlines

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson


Rookie cornerback Alphonso Smith is watching and learning from Champ Bailey.

My take: Very shrewd move, rookie. Watching and learning from Bailey is the best decision Smith could have made. He needs to continue doing so all season. Bailey is a pro's pro and he's a future Hall of Famer. He does everything that has to do with being an NFL player the right way. Smith will only get better by following Bailey's actions both on the field and in the locker room.

Kansas City

Brad Cottam is not trying to be the replacement for Tony Gonzalez.

My take: That is a good decision by the second-year tight end. It would be a no-win proposition for Cottam to go out and tell Chiefs fans he'll be able to make them forget about Gonzalez, who was traded to Atlanta for a second-round pick in 2010. Gonzalez is a living legend in Kansas City and he is still a productive player. Cottam is a project and will likely never be a top-flight receiver. He is more of a blocker. He was never brought to Kansas City to be another Gonzalez, so he shouldn't be expected to be a Gonzalez clone now.