Friday, May 24, 2013
AFC West links: Starks expects competition
By ESPN.com staff
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he wasn't surprised that Wes Welker opted to sign with the Broncos. "I don't think anything surprises me anymore in the NFL," Brady said in an interview with WEEI sports radio in Boston. "I've been around long enough to see things happen at different times with the greatest players of all, whether that's Wes or Randy Moss being traded by the Raiders or Brett Favre and playing for the Jets and Vikings."
What made Tom Nalen, who will be inducted in the team's Ring of Fame, such an effective offensive lineman? "One, he was really strong and nasty," former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. "And two, he was extremely intelligent. He knew fronts, knew defenses, knew where and when to go and where to send guys. I just remember him in the study room. He knew a check before I even made it. He helped me with the stuff if I was overloaded."
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide receiver Dexter McCluster hurt his hamstring during Thursday's voluntary workout, the AP reports. Andy Reid said that McCluster had a "mild" hamstring injury.
The Chiefs signed safety Sanders Commings, a fifth-round pick, according to the team's website. Only three of Kansas City’s eight draft picks remain unsigned.
Tight end Tony Moeaki is reportedly sidelined until training camp due to "a knee scope over the offseason," according to Joel Thorman of Arrowhead's Pride.
Former Raiders wideout Tim Brown weighed in on the return of his former teammate, Charles Woodson, to the Raiders. "I think it's great. I think for C-Wood, it was probably the only move that he could have made," Brown said in an interview with Dan Brown of Bay Area News Group. "Once you get up there in age, you saw what (Brian) Urlacher did. He just said, 'I don't want to put on another jersey.' I think when you get up there in age, you want look around and say, 'OK, I have to go some place where I'm comfortable. Because I'm not trying to learn new people at 36 years old.'"
Rebecca Corman of Raiders.com has a report wrapping up the first week of organized team activities.
San Diego Chargers
Max Starks isn't taking it for granted that he'll be handed the starting left tackle job with the Chargers, who signed tackle King Dunlap earlier this offseason, writes Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. Starks: "I wouldn't want them to say, 'Hey, we've got a guy here, but as soon as you sign, we're just going to move him out. No. To my understanding, he's been here longer; he's been taking the reps so far. I'm a brand new guy, so I don't mind being the new kid on the block and earning my opportunities.”
Former Denver center Tom Nalen admitted he tried to hurt Chargers defensive lineman Igor Olshansky in a 2006 game. According to a U-T San Diego report, "Nalen dived at Olshansky’s knees in the waning seconds of a game the Chargers held on to win 35-27 on Nov. 19, 2006. Olshansky threw two punches at Nalen and was ejected. Nalen insisted it wasn’t a cheap shot but payback for what had happened on the previous play."