AFC West: Andre Brown

Why is there so much talk about Vincent Jackson and not fellow San Diego holdout Marcus McNeill?

First of all, the Chargers are willing to trade Jackson for the right price. They are not willing to deal McNeill. Another reason there isn’t much chatter about McNeill is that his replacement, Brandyn Dombrowski, is playing at a high level.

Dombrowski looks like he belongs at left tackle after two games. The team is very confident in him.

While McNeill is an excellent player, the Chargers are moving forward without him. It will be interesting to see how McNeill responds. There has been talk that he is prepared to sit out the entire season. At this rate, the Chargers are fine with their Plan B.

In a radio interview, Bruce Gradkowski talked about the possibility of becoming Oakland’s starting quarterback and how much Oakland fans mean to him.

Cleveland offensive lineman Alex Mack said Kansas City defensive lineman Shaun Smith got way to close and personal with him in the Chiefs’ win over the Browns on Sunday. Smith denied the accusation.

The Broncos promoted running back Andre Brown from the practice squad and cut running back Lance Ball. Brown was claimed off waivers from the Giants earlier this month. He was cut and signed to the practice squad last week.

UPDATE: The Oakland Tribune reports Oakland has cut rookie safety Stevie Brown for the second time this month.

Evening AFC West news and notes

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As expected, Oakland has named Stanford Rout the starting right cornerback ahead of incumbent Chris Johnson. This has been coming a while. Johnson was dreadful in the preseason.

You have to wonder if Oakland will make a play for fullback Tony Richardson. He was cut by the Jets. Oakland doesn’t currently have a traditional fullback on its roster. Richardson is a longtime standout. Oakland tried to make it work with Lorenzo Neal last year, so maybe Richardson will get a call. It wouldn’t hurt. He’s a pro’s pro.

Here is an updated look at Oakland’s practice squad.

Denver claimed offensive lineman Chris Clark off waivers from Minnesota. Denver cut linebacker Baraka Atkins and running back Bruce Hall. Running back Andre Brown was claimed off waivers from the Giants earlier in the day. Denver added linebacker Kevin Alexander, receiver Britt Davis, tight end Riar Geer, safety Kyle McCarthy and linebacker Worrell Williams on the practice squad. Williams is the younger brother of Denver standout linebacker D.J. Williams.

The Chiefs claimed defensive tackle Anthony Toribio off waivers from Green Bay. To make room for him, receiver Quinten Lawrence was cut. Toribio, a run plugger, played one game with the Packers last season.
The Denver Broncos’ journey to find help for an injury-riddled running back crew has led to a player who is trying to fight his way back from an injury himself.

The Broncos reportedly claimed running back Andre Brown of waivers from the New York Giants on Sunday. That Denver claimed a running back is not a surprise at all. Denver has been depleted by injury at the position.

Brown will vie to be a contributor behind starter Knowshon Moreno and top backup Correll Bcukhalter. Both Moreno and Buckhalter were hurt for much of the past month. It is not clear if Moreno will be at full strength on opening day next Sunday in Jacksonville. He suffered a hamstring injury on the first day of training camp and returned to practice last week.

Brown had a strong preseason for the Giants after missing his rookie season with an Achilles injury. He was a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State last year. Many around the league were surprised he was cut by the Giants. Now, Brown has a chance to give the battered Broncos a boost.

San Diego mock draft

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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The San Diego Chargers' mock draft:

Round 1, pick 16

Rey Maualuga, USC, LB

Round 3, pick 78

Andre Brown, North Carolina State, RB

Round 4, pick 113

Duke Robinson, Oklahoma, G

Round 4, pick 133

Scott McKilop, Pittsburgh, LB

Round 4, pick 134

Stryker Sulak, Missouri, DE

Round 5, pick 148
Chris Baker, Hampton, DT

Round 6, pick 189

Jose Valdez, Arkansas, OT

Round 7, pick 224

John Matthews, San Diego, WR

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