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Monday, April 20, 2009
Around the AFC West

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver

Jarvis Moss is a third-string outside linebacker.

My take: Denver moved up four spots to take him two years ago. He has been injury prone and he has made virtually no impact in his first two NFL seasons. Now, the former defensive end is a third-string linebacker in Denver's 3-4 defense. Two starting linebacker are hurt and the team hasn't drafted anyone at the position yet. This is not a good sign for Moss, who could have a difficult time making the 53-man roster.

Kansas City

Tyler Thigpen is trying to push Matt Cassel.

My take: The Chiefs may be saying this is an open quarterback competition, but it would be a complete shock if Cassel is not the Kansas City quarterback in 2009. Thigpen played solidly for Kansas City in the second half of last season. He needs to focus on getting better and playing well in the preseason so he becomes attractive to other teams as trade bait.

Oakland

A great look at the life and times of Todd Marinovich.

My take: Marinovich has always been a fascinating subject. Nearly 20 years after he was taken by Oakland, the former quarterback remains a stunning study.

San Diego

A look at A.J. Smith's draft history.

My take: Holes can be poked into any draft list, but Smith has done a solid job drafting in San Diego. The Chargers have one of the better rosters in the NFL and the primary reason is because of Smith's draft history.