Who is ready to break out?

June, 7, 2012
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Will 2012 be the year of the breakout kings in the AFC West?

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc., thinks so. Horton looks at the top-10 candidates for breakout seasons Insider in the AFC. He has three players from the AFC West on his list.

He has Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey at No. 7, Kansas City safety Kendrick Lewis at No. 9 and Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas at No. 10. All three players are believable candidates.

Actually, Heyward-Bey may have already broken out. He had 64 catches last season after struggling in his first two. If Lewis can continue to improve, the Chiefs will be nasty in the back of the defense with Lewis and Eric Berry.

I think Thomas is a no-brainer and he could have been put much higher on the list. He is immensely talented and playing with Peyton Manning will take him to the next level.

In other AFC West notes:

Stefen Wisniewski's toughness cannot be questioned. He played his rookie season with a torn labrum. He had it repaired this offseason and he should be ready to go when training camp starts at the end of next month.

The Denver Post reports that the Broncos and kicker Matt Prater are working on a five-year extension and a new deal could be done soon. The Broncos franchised Prater and he has been staying away from the team this offseason.

After reporting to the team, fullback Marcel Reece made it known he wants to sign a contract to make him a "Raider for life." I’m sure the Raiders would like to lock him in at some point.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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