Friday, December 28, 2012
One guy to watch
By Bill Williamson
One player to watch from each AFC West team in Week 17:
Denver Broncos, linebacker, Keith Brooking: Brooking has been one of the more under-appreciated additions in the division. He was signed before the season at the age of 37 and was simply expected to provide some veteran depth. But he took over for Joe Mays as the starting middle linebacker in October and Denver’s defense hasn’t looked back. He has helped transform the run defense.
Kansas City Chiefs, defensive end, Tyson Jackson: There is a chance the No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 draft will leave as a free agent and there a chance he has played his final game with the Chiefs. Jackson, who is dealing with a toe injury this week, is not flashy and he will never be, but he has developed into a solid player. I think the Chiefs will try to keep him as part of their defense. He will be missed Sunday at Denver if he can't play and he will be missed in 2013 if he isn't re-signed.
Oakland Raiders, receiver, Rod Streater: He has 35 catches. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Streater is the sixth undrafted rookie to catch 35 passes or more since 2000. He has been a bright spot for Oakland.
San Diego Chargers, Melvin Ingram, linebacker: Ingram hasn't had a lot of gaudy statistics as a rookie. He has just one sack this season, but has shown flashes and he had a great game against the Jets on Sunday. He looks like he has a good future and I’m sure he will try to finish the season strong against Oakland.