Big AFC West presence on LuckWatch

September, 22, 2011
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The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos are on ESPN.com’s debut of the LuckWatch. It is a look at what teams could be primed to end up with the No. 1 pick in the draft and the opportunity to take Stanford mega-star quarterback Andrew Luck.

Do you think it’s premature to put these two AFC West teams in this conversation? Fill out the comment section below with your thoughts on this subject that will surely be a hot topic in this division for the long haul.

Meanwhile, Jeffri Chadiha pins much of the Chiefs’ problems on general manager Scott Pioli. While many people are pointing fingers at coach Todd Haley, this is an interesting take.

In other AFC West nuggets Thursday:

Oakland rookie speedster Taiwan Jones was returning kicks in practice Thursday. Receiver Jacoby Ford is still missing from practice with a hamstring injury and he is expected, at this point, to miss Sunday’s game against the Jets. Jones showed great explosiveness in the preseason so it will be interesting to see how he handles the return duties.

Denver reserve quarterback Tim Tebow, predictably, says he will play at any position the Broncos need him to play if need be. The Broncos don’t have plans of using him anywhere but quarterback at this point. But he did play receiver in an emergency Sunday against Cincinnati. That scenario could always arise again and Tebow is ready if it does happen.

“You know, we're all football players first," Tebow reasoned.

I wouldn’t expect the ever-ready-to-please-his-coaches Tebow to respond any other way.

The Chargers received a 24-hour extension until 4 p.m. ET Friday to sell 3,900 tickets for Sunday’s home against Kansas City to avoid a local television blackout. The team sold just seven hundred tickets since Tuesday when they team gave its last update. I think the only way the Chargers sell enough is if someone buys a large chunk of tickets, which is always possible.

The Raiders have sold out Sunday’s home opener against the Jets. The Raiders sold out one game each of the past two seasons. It’s nice to see Oakland fans come out to start the season right.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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