AFC West: Alex Daniels

As expected, Oakland No. 1 receiver Chaz Schilens underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. The Raiders put no timetable on his recovery, but similar surgeries often take 3-4 weeks to recover, so Schilens may have a hard time getting ready for the Sept. 12 season opener at Tennessee. Schilens has been dealing with a foot injury for more than a year.

In the same article, it was reported that center Samson Satele may be out for some time with an ankle problem and rookie Alex Daniels was moved back to the defensive line after spending some time at fullback.
  • You know it’s bad when Javon Walker takes a crack at you. While meeting with media members in Minnesota, the new Viking was the latest to take a jab at former Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell. “Like I said, it all boils down to being in the right situation and the right quarterback,” Walker said. “Last year, I was in Oakland. Everybody knows that situation.” Granted, Russell was horrible. But Walker was no better. He had had 15 catches, all in 2008, in two seasons in Oakland.

AFC West news and notes

August, 9, 2010
Denver running back Correll Buckhalter has seen a specialist after suffering an upper back and neck injury last week. According to a source close to the situation, the visit was as a precaution and Buckhalter should be fine. The hopes are that he returns to practice next week.
  • The Raiders have officially moved undrafted rookie Alex Daniels from defensive end to fullback. I bet Daniels is heading to the practice squad, where he can continue to work on this transition.
  • The Broncos and the state of Colorado are introducing a new Broncos’ themed lottery ticket.

Afternoon AFC West notes

August, 5, 2010
Let’s catch up on some notes on a busy Thursday in the AFC West:

San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips is going to have to deal with a civil trial during the season.

Football Outsiders looks at the history of recovery times from torn pectoral injuries and concludes there is little chance Elvis Dumervil will return this season.

Former Denver defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has kind words for his former boss, Denver coach Josh McDaniels.

All sentiment aside Insider, here is a column that says the late Don Coryell is not worthy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kansas City rookie receiver/returner Dexter McCluster has been impressive in training camp.

A Colorado family named Tebow is interested in the newest Colorado resident named Tebow.

Oakland rookie defensive lineman Alex Daniels is trying his hand at fullback. When I was at Oakland’s camp last week, Daniels routinely won his heat in the post-practice 100-yard runs.

Kansas City rookie tight end Tony Moeaki continues to be very impressive.
We enlisted the help of Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. to break down some of the college free agents signed by the AFC West teams.

Here is some of what he thinks about the new post-draft additions to the division:

Denver Broncos

West Virginia WR Alric Arnett: Arnett doesn’t have the burst to consistently separate from man coverage at the NFL level and his hands are a bit inconsistent. However, he has the frame and athletic ability to develop into an effective sub-package receiver.

Oklahoma RB Chris Brown: Brown, who doesn’t have great speed or elusiveness, has the potential to develop into an effective third-down back that can contribute as a receiver out of the backfield and help out in pass protection.

UCLA LB Korey Bosworth: Bosworth has some experience lining up on the inside and should play there in Denver’s 3-4 scheme. He doesn’t have great speed or athletic ability but he’s instinctive and tough enough to develop into an effective reserve in this scheme.

Colorado TE Riar Geer: Geer is not much of a big-play threat and he doesn’t have great size for a blocking tight end. Still he’s worth taking a closer look at because he’s tougher than his size suggests and he catches the ball well.

Notre Dame SS Kyle McCarthy: McCarthy has marginal top-end speed and doesn’t project as a starting safety. On the flip side, he has the potential to develop into a valuable reserve that also covers kicks because he is smart and tackles well.

Kansas City Chiefs

Minnesota DT Garrett Brown: Brown has the build to develop into a reliable reserve end in the Chiefs’ 3-4-scheme but he’s not quick enough to disrupt runs in the backfield or get to the quarterback with any consistency.

San Jose State OLB Justin Cole: There’s a lot to like about Cole’s upside both as a run stopper and pass rusher. The problem is he shows sub-par instincts on film so he may never realize that potential.

Maine OT Tyler Eastman: Eastman missed the 2007 season with an injury and explosive edge rushers will give him problems but he has the frame to develop into an effective reserve right tackle in time.

Boston College WR Rich Gunnell: Gunnell is an overachiever who makes up for his lack of elite size and speed with effort and determination. He projects as a sub-package receiver at best.

South Carolina OG Lemuel Jeanpierre: Jeanpierre is a former defensive tackle who moved to guard in 2007 and sustained a season-ending knee injury in 2008, but there’s enough to like about his frame and upper body strength to give him a shot.

Oakland Raiders

Tulane RB Andre Anderson: On the plus side, Anderson runs hard and catches the ball well. On the downside, he is relatively undersized for a power back and he isn’t quick enough to consistently turn the corner at the NFL level.

Cincinnati DE Alex Daniels: Daniels’ blend of size and top-end speed makes him an intriguing rookie free agent signing but he’ll have to get off the ball and blocks quicker to carve out a roster spot.

Louisville WR Trent Guy:: Guy has some upside as a slot receiver and return man but he is an undersized prospect who lacks ideal speed and has had some problems with coughing up the ball.

USC OG Alex Parsons: There’s a lot to like about Parson’s frame and he has average upper body strength for a guard prospect but his technique –- both as a run and pass blocker -- needs a lot of work. His ability to sink his hips and get under defenders is of particular concern.

BYU FB Manase Tonga: Tonga needs to run with better pad level but he is an effective blocker and he can snatch the ball out of the air as a receiver.

San Diego Chargers

Fresno State WR Seyi Ajirotutu: Ajirotutu needs to sharpen his route running and he did not run as well as expected at the combine. On the other hand, he is a competitor who appears faster on film than he does on the track and he shows good body control when competing for balls downfield.

Troy State OLB Brandon Lang: Lang, who turned in a disappointing workout at the Combine, could prove to be a steal here. He’s a high motor player who is relentless rushing the passer and pursuing the run.

Southern Methodist RB Shawnbrey McNeal: Though not a powerful between-the-tacklers runner and he needs to be more patient at times, McNeal is quick and can make defenders miss when he gets into space.

Tulane WR Jeremy Williams: While he comes with durability concerns and he’s not much of a vertical threat, Williams has shown signs of developing into a polished route runner and he has the big hands to snatch the ball out of the air.

South Florida ILB Kion Wilson: Wilson isn’t an explosive pass rusher and he has his limitations in coverage but is a tough run stopper and reliable tackler.