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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Top 50: AFC West surprise

By Bill Williamson

There is one player from the AFC West in the top 10 of Matt Williamson’s top 50 NFL players at the midseason mark .

You want to guess who it is?

Yes, right team -- but it’s not the player you are thinking of.

Williamson has Denver second-year linebacker Von Miller as the No. 7 player on his list. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, widely considered a leading candidate to be the NFL MVP, as No. 11. Miller has been great, but I was surprised Manning wasn’t in the top three on this list or any list. He’s been superb.

Meanwhile, some AFC West rookies get mentioned in Williamson’s midseason rookie team.

In other AFC West news:

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are not going to be in on Stanford Routt. He was cut by the Chiefs on Monday.

Oakland cornerback Michael Huff gets praise and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey gets criticized for a single-game performance in the first half of the season .