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Friday, August 6, 2010
Evening AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Denver Post is reporting that the New England Patriots have claimed injured Denver safety Josh Barrett off waivers.

I wonder if that helps Josh McDaniels' and Bill Belichick's relationship. It is rare for teams to claim injured players off waivers. Barrett is a strong special teams player, who has some experience at safety.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen points out some of the reasons why there is renewed hope in Oakland these days.

Oakland coach Tom Cable, in a radio interview, talks about all the improvements he believes his team has made.

In an interview with Fanhouse, Kansas City guard Brian Waters had some harsh words for NFL Commissioner’s Roger Goodell’s stance with players regarding his role in labor talks.

"I mean, that's almost like a slap in the face to our intelligence," Waters said. "We know the owners are paying him. Don't take us for granted as far as our understanding of what's going on here."

Water is a bright, classy guy. If he shows public fire, he must really mean it.

While there is injury despair in Denver, there is a bright spot in training camp.