AFC West: Brandon Hughes

Evening AFC West news and notes

September, 7, 2010
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T.J. Houshmandzadeh credited Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for him signing with Baltimore. Houshmandzadeh, who played for Jackson in Cincinnati, said Jackson has raved about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. He became a free agent when Seattle cut him this weekend. The bummer for Jackson is that Houshmandzadeh reportedly chose the Ravens over the Raiders.

The Broncos opened their practice week in preparation to play at Jacksonville with several injury questions on offense. Running back Knowshon Moreno is still trying to come all the way back from a hamstring injury suffered on the first day of training camp. The offensive line is beat up with tackle Ryan Clady (knee) and right tackle Ryan Harris (ankle) uncertain if they can play and how effective they can be.

The Chargers cut cornerback Brandon Hughes to make room for No. 3 quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan.

The Chiefs put second-year receiver Quinten Lawrence on the practice squad. He was cut Monday. Defensive tackle Garrett Brown was cut from the practice squad.

Chargers trim roster

September, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


The Chargers got down to the NFL-mandated 75-player limit Tuesday by making three moves.

Rookie cornerback Brandon Hughes was put on the injured reserve. He suffered a major knee injury in practice Monday. Hughes was a fifth-round pick. The Chargers hoped he would play in their cornerback rotation.

Rookie receiver Demetrius Byrd was put on the reserve-non football injury list. Byrd was taken in the seventh round this season out of LSU. He was injured in an auto accident a week before the draft. Byrd was considered a mid-round pick before the accident.

The team also cut linebacker Anthony Felder.

Late AFC West news and notes

August, 31, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Wrapping a wild day in the AFC West:
  • The speculation is that Oakland will cut defensive tackle Terdell Sands. He has been a disappointment. The team loves undrafted rookie Desmond Bryant, who could make Sands expendable.
  • The Oakland Tribune wonders whether Nnamdi Asomugha’s wrist injury could be problematic. The Raiders better hope not.
  • The speculation in Seattle is that veteran receiver Deion Branch could be cut. Branch has New England blood in him. Both Kansas City and Denver, which now have plenty of New England blood in their respective organizations, could use receivers.
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that rookie cornerback Brandon Hughes has a significant knee injury. The Chargers had high hopes for Hughes.
  • Denver receiver Eddie Royal talks about the Brandon Marshall situation in a radio interview.

AFC West mailbag

June, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Weekend mail call.

Michael from Kansas wants to know whether I think the Chefs can finish with a winning record.

Bill Williamson: I'd be pretty surprised if the Chiefs had a winning record or even an 8-8 record this season. Now, in 2010, with the right moves, I can see Kansas City making a big leap. But it may be too much to expect a huge jump by Kansas City in 2009. The Chiefs have won a total of six games the past two years combined. If the Chiefs win six games this season in the first year of the Scott Pioli and Todd Haley regime, it would be good progress. I know fans can't get excited about the prospect of a 6-10 season, but it won't be an overnight change for this team. There are many holes on defense and on the offensive line. It will take time. Still, I think there are some solid pieces in place and the Chiefs are on the right track.


Ryan from Hagerstown, Md. wants to know if the Chargers are close to signing quarterback Philip Rivers to a contract and extension and whether the Chargers are close to signing any draft picks.

BW: It's been pretty quiet on the Rivers front. But I wouldn't be surprised if Rivers is given a new contract by the time the season starts. San Diego general manager A.J. Smith is aggressive when it comes to keeping his own players and he likes doing contract extensions in the summer. An extension for the team's franchise quarterback could be on the horizon. Don't be surprised if tight end Antonio Gates gets a new deal sometime this summer as well. As for the draft picks, there is no rush. The Chargers have signed one draft pick, cornerback Brandon Hughes, and they will slowly knock out the rest in the coming weeks.


Michael from Fremont, Ca. wants to know if Javon Walker is in Oakland's plans this season.

BW: It's all up to Walker's health. He had another knee surgery this offseason, which he didn't tell the team about. Walker has been overwhelmed by injuries in three of the past four seasons. If he can stay healthy, Walker may be able to help Oakland's young receiving corps. But I get the feeling Oakland is not counting on him. That's the wise move. Walker has been too physically unreliable to count on. If he can play, it will be a bonus. If not, it could be the end of his once-productive career.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Chargers signed their first 2009 draft pick by inking cornerback Brandon Hughes. Hughes played at Oregon State and is hoping to fill a backup role on defense and to play on special teams as a rookie.

Meanwhile, San Diego axed undrafted rookies. They cut offensive tackle Sam Allen, cornerback Ramarcus Brown, receiver Jeremy Childs and linebacker Anthony Felder.

Unhappy Denver receiver Brandon Marshall was scheduled to return home to Orlando on Friday night after hosting a youth area.

The Oakland Tribune looks at the Raiders' offseason.

Larry Johnson's relationship with Kansas City continues to mend. He gave 30 pairs of football shoes to an area Boys and Girls Club. Johnson has changed his stance from last year when he wanted to leave Kansas City. He has changed his mind.

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