Thursday, September 15, 2011
One player to watch
By Bill Williamson
Let’s take a look at one player from each AFC West team to watch in Week 2:
Denver, Eric Decker, receiver: He was one of the few bright spots for Denver. The second-year receiver gave Denver its biggest spark when he returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown Monday night against Oakland. He added three catches for 53 yards. He has ability, so expect Denver to play him more and more.
Kansas City, Jamaal Charles, running back: Charles had 56 yards on 10 carries in the Chiefs’ blowout loss to Buffalo. Charles, who lost a fumble in the game, didn’t get a chance to get going because the Chiefs were playing from behind all game. The Chiefs, who led the NFL in rushing last season, must control the ground to win. Let’s see if Charles can get into a rhythm Sunday at Detroit.
Oakland, Matt Giordano, safety: This is an out-of-the-box pick. Signed and cut this year, Giordano was recently re-signed. He had a big game against the Broncos. Playing more than expected because of an injury to starter Michael Huff, Giordano had a forced fumble and interception in Oakland’s win. The Raiders already have room for guys who are going to make plays.
San Diego, Vincent Jackson, receiver: Jackson didn’t do much against Minnesota last week. He had had two catches for 31 yards. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers did miss Jackson for a sure touchdown, though. I don’t think Jackson’s slow start is a sign of anything. The Chargers have a lot of weapons, and sometimes not everyone will be involved. Expect him to get more action at New England.