Thursday, June 14, 2012
AFC West notes
By Bill Williamson
Catching up on the movement in the AFC West after a day of travel:
The Raiders have a terrific ticket program that benefits Oakland public schools. Looking for an example of a person who knows how badly the schools in the city need help? Try Oakland running back Taiwan Jones. He knows firsthand how this program will help the children in Oakland.
- In a radio interview, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers said he has been struck by the overall team speed in San Diego this year. Meanwhile, Rivers will host a 5K run to benefit several charities Saturday in the San Diego area.
- Denver tight end Joel Dreessen is planning to go to the NFL broadcast boot camp before training camp. It gives current players a taste of being an analyst.
- What is Denver receiver Brandon Stokley going to do during his upcoming break? Coach an 8-year-old baseball team.
- Denver defensive end Elvis Dumervil praised the offseason work of practice squad defensive tackle Sealver Siliga. He has been working with the first team some. He can develop a big role with the team if he has a strong preseason.
- Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, who is about to turn 34, feels like he is as good as ever. It's difficult to argue with him, Bailey played at a high level last season.
- The Bay Area News Group has a transcript of a media session with new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie. It’s worth a read. It seems to me that the Raiders aren’t going to add too many faces to this roster, partly because of the offseason-long battle with salary-cap room.
- Steve Maneri, who was converted to a tight end from tackle, looked good in training camp, according to the Kansas City Star. Because of injuries perhaps Maneri has a chance to stick on the 53-man roster if he continues to improve at his new spot.