Thursday, October 14, 2010
One player to watch
By Bill Williamson
One player to watch from each team in the AFC West in Week 6:
Denver, Brandon Lloyd, receiver: Lloyd has been one of the most remarkable stories in the NFL in the early season. The journeyman has been quarterback Kyle Orton's main target. Orton is having a brilliant season himself. Lloyd, 29, has 30 catches for NFL-leading 589 catches. The most catches the eight-season veteran previously had was 48 in 2005.
Kansas City, Dwayne Bowe, receiver: Bowe had a tough game Sunday in a loss at Indianapolis. He had a huge drop and couldn’t help ignite this offense. He needs to bounce back against Houston. Bowe has to show the Chiefs’ leadership that he is worth keeping. He can’t afford too many games like he had against the Colts.
Oakland, Darrius Heyward-Bey, receiver: The Raiders created high expectations for the No. 7 overall pick from the 2009 draft prior to the season. Coach Tom Cable constantly talked up Heyward-Bey and the team even put out a random email stating how good Heyward-Bey would become. Save for a six-catch performance in Week 2, Heyward-Bey has disappointed. With just 11 catches in the past five games, Heyward-Bey has a total of 20 catches in 16 NFL starts.
San Diego, Mike Scifres, punter: You can’t blame Scifres if he is a tad gun shy Sunday at St. Louis. Scifres had two punts blocked in a loss at Oakland on Sunday and he has had three punts blocked this season. Oakland nearly had a third blocked punt on a play where the Raiders clobbered Scifres. He only had one punt blocked in his six previous NFL seasons.