Around the AFC West

August, 12, 2009
8/12/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver

Correll Buckhalter is atop Denver's depth chart at tailback ... for now.

My take: Denver coach Josh McDaniels told reporters not to read too much into these early depth charts. Buckhalter will have a role, but the team is pushing Knowshon Moreno into the system and I expect the rookie to be atop the running back heap soon.

Kansas City

Second-year tackle Branden Albert is whipping into shape.

My take: I expect Albert to have a strong season at left tackle. He is a talented player who made strides as a rookie. The Chiefs need an anchor to the offensive line and I think Albert can be it.

Oakland

The Raiders may start blitzing more ... Maybe.

My take: New defensive coordinator John Marshall is having his troops practice blitzing. But that has happened in Oakland before. So don't expect Oakland to rely heavily on the blitz in the regular season until you see it.

San Diego

Jacob Hester has beefed up for his role.

My take: The Chargers don't expect the second-year player to be the next Lorenzo Neal at fullback. But Hester has a big job ahead of him as the lead blocker. He did a decent job as a rookie. Hester is a tough, smart player who will work hard to improve. I expect him to be a productive part of San Diego's offense.

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