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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Mid-week mail call:

Tommy from Kansas City wants to know if I think the Chiefs are down on rookie quarterback Ricky Stanzi.

Bill Williamson: Not at all, Tommy. I think the Chiefs are high on Stanzi. He struggled in his preseason debut last week against Tampa Bay. But it was his first game action. It’s to be expected. The Chiefs are committed to him and they will work with him. I fully expect Stanzi to be on the Chiefs’ roster whether it’s as Matt Cassel’s backup or as a third stringer.

James from Norwich, Conn., wants to know if I think San Diego undrafted rookie Darryl Gamble will make the team.

BW: I think he will get a long look, sure. Gamble had a great game against Seattle last week. He had eight tackles and a sack. The Georgia product moved from inside to outside linebacker earlier in camp. If he continues to make plays in games, I think he will have a strong chance to make the team. If Gamble puts together good game film, other teams will be waiting to pounce on him on the waiver wire if the Chargers cut him. San Diego knows that.

Spencer from Aspen, Colo., wants to know if running back Jeremiah Johnson has a chance to stick in Denver.

BW: This is another young, interesting player. The second-year player from Oregon played well for Denver in Dallas. He will need to play well for the rest of camp. If he does, I can see Denver keeping him. He is interesting project player. Still, I’d be surprised if he plays well enough to work his way into the playing rotation in the regular season. I think he is more of a long-term prospect at this point.