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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Matthew Villa from Los Angeles wants to know if Michael Bush could be Oakland’s starting tailback this year.

Bill Williamson: Oakland wants to see third-year back Darren McFadden become the player it has hoped he would be when he was drafted with the No.4 overall pick in 2008. McFadden has been hampered by injuries and has been inconsistent. But he will get a chance to show he can be the man in Oakland. But Bush is still in the mix. If he outperforms McFadden on a consistent basis, Bush will get more carries. Either way, expect Bush to have a major role in this offense.


Dan Arguello from Phoenix wants to know if former Denver star receiver Rod Smith is still involved with the Broncos.

BW: Smith is not involved with the Broncos in an official capacity. But he still stops by occasionally to help the receivers. He was often in the locker room after games last season. The Broncos brass thinks a lot of Smith and he has an open invitation to stop by and chat with players.


Tony from Kansas City wants to know what to expect from Dexter McCluster as a rookie.

BW: Expect Kansas City to have an aggressive plan for McCluster, who was a running back at Mississippi, but who will be a slot receiver in Kansas City. I think the Chiefs will create a lot of packages for him and try to exploit his wicked speed. He will also be a factor in the return game. Expect to see a lot of McCluster as a rookie.