Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Reviewing Monday's game film
By Bill Williamson
Here are some developments that occurred in the AFC West on Monday while I was away:
I found it mildly intriguing that the Chiefs signed receiver Mardy Gilyard. A good college player, Gilyard hasn’t done much in the NFL. But he was with Andy Reid in Philadelphia for part of the 2012 season. Reid sees something in Gilyard to give him another chance to make Kansas City’s roster.
Congratulations to Denver special-teams assistant coach Keith Burns for becoming the special-teams coach in Washington. Burns was a longtime favorite of Redskins coach Mike Shanahan as a player in Denver.
The Eagles re-did Michael Vick’s contract. There was some speculation he could reunite with Reid in Kansas City. Yet, I never got a real sense Reid was that interested in pursuing Vick if he had hit the open market. Now, if Nick Foles becomes available, I could see Reid showing interest. Right now, it seems Foles will go to camp with the Eagles to compete with Vick.
There has been speculation that Atlanta will cut running back Michael Turner. I’ve been asked a lot if I think Turner can come back to San Diego, where he was a backup to LaDainian Tomlinson. The Chargers could use a running back. Perhaps Turner, who turns 31 Wednesday, will fit. But he has been slipping some and he doesn’t have all that many more ties to the Chargers since the organization has turned over quite a bit since he left San Diego five years ago. A return may not be that natural.
Free-agent defensive end Chris Canty is reportedly visiting the Chiefs. Canty has experience as a 3-4 player and it could make sense if the Chiefs look at him as a rotational defensive end. Glenn Dorsey is a free agent and Tyson Jackson is a candidate to be cut. Canty is not a game-changer, but he can help in a specific role.
Buffalo released safety George Wilson and linebacker Nick Barnett. I can see both players getting interest from AFC West teams in the coming days.