Thursday, October 21, 2010
One player to watch
By Bill Williamson
A player to watch from each AFC West team in Week 7:
Denver, Zane Beadles, right tackle: Beadles played at right tackle last week and it looks like he is replacing veteran Ryan Harris. It is a bit of a surprise. Beadles is a second-round pick and Denver is excited about him, partly because of his versatility. Now, he has a chance to be he full-time right tackle. Harris was one of the bright young offensive linemen and he still has a good future, but if Beadles performs well, the regime that drafted him in Denver will make sure he stays on the field.
Kansas City, Brandon Flowers, cornerback: It will be interesting to see how Flowers responds Sunday against Jacksonville. He was in the spotlight Sunday as Kansas City allowed Houston to come back in the fourth quarter. Flowers was called for a very questionable pass interference call on Texans’ receiver Andre Johnson on the game-winning drive. It appears that Johnson pushed off. Flowers was heated after the play. He is a fine young player. He needs to forget about last week and move on and help his team in a winnable game Sunday.
Oakland, Tommy Kelly, defensive tackle: Kelly is nowhere near the player Oakland gave $50 million to keep on the open market a couple of years ago, but he has his moments. He is a big plugger and he can be a help to the Oakland defense, which is still struggling against the run. Kelly needs to make some plays at Denver if Oakland wants to avoid falling to 2-5.
San Diego, Buster Davis, receiver: The 2007 first-round pick is finally producing some for the Chargers. He may need to have a big game against New England. Malcom Floyd, the team’s No.1 receiver is expected to be out with a hamstring injury and No. 2 receiver Legedu Naanee is trying to come able from a hamstring injury and tight end Antonio Gates will try to play with a toe injury. The Chargers are potent on offense, but because of all the injuries, Davis will have to step up.