Thursday, September 30, 2010
One player to watch
By Bill Williamson
One player to watch for each AFC West team headed into Week 4:
Denver: Ryan Clady, left tackle: Clady deserves a lot of credit. He rushed back from a torn patella tendon in his knee. Clady was hurt while playing basketball in April. In mid-August Clady was having trouble walking up stairs. Now, headed into the fourth game, Clady is his usual dominant self. There was concern that Clady could miss significant playing time or be extra rusty. Yet, he’s played every game and he is the usual Clady Denver has gotten used to seeing.
Kansas City is on a bye.
Oakland: Sebastian Janikowski, kicker: Janikowski, who Oakland made the richest kicker in NFL history this offseason, must redeem himself. Quite simply, he cost Oakland a chance to go to 2-1. Janikowski missed a 32-yard field goal at the end of the game, giving Arizona a 24-23 win. It was Janikowski’s third miss of the game. Janikowski has made just eight of 13 field-goal attempts this season. Known for a strong leg, Janikowski has made just two of six attempts from 40 yards or longer. Kicking for a team that struggles to find the end zone, Janikowski needs to snap his slump now.
San Diego: Brandyn Dombrowski, left tackle: Dombrowski’s time at the position is probably dwindling. Marcus McNeill has ended his holdout and he will be eligible to play in Week 6. Dombrowski has played well in McNeill’s absence, but he had a key penalty in a Week 3 loss in Seattle. If McNeill is rusty, Dombrowski can possibly buy some more starting time, so he must continue to be ready as San Diego hosts Arizona on Sunday.