AFC West: Brandon Moore

The San Diego Chargers are healthy going into the 2013 season other their decorated rookie linebacker.

Still, it’s got to be disappointing that rookie inside linebacker Manti Te’o is very likely not going to play Monday night at home against Houston. The second-round pick has not practiced since Aug. 8 with a foot injury. He was expected to be an instant starter. Now, special-teamer Bront Bird is set to start. The third-year player has never started an NFL game.

But, in the big picture, the Chargers are extremely healthy otherwise. Every other San Diego player practiced Thursday and is set to play against the Texans.

Meanwhile, the Chargers signed receiver Terrence Toliver to the practice squad. He spent time with the Bears. To make room for him, undrafted rookie defensive end Brandon Moore was released. Moore made the 53-man roster Saturday. It’s been a tough few days for him. It shows the team has gotten deeper since Saturday.
Most significant moves: This is a thin roster, so there weren’t a ton of standout cuts here. But there were two veteran names of note to get the axe in the first year of the Tom Telesco-Mike McCoy era in San Diego. Tackle Max Starks and receiver Robert Meachem were cut. Neither were very good this summer. Starks was signed to be the left tackle. But he was beaten out by King Dunlap and then by young Mike Harris to be the swing tackle. Meachem, signed in 2012 by the previous regime to be the No. 1 receiver, was a disaster. The team is thin at receiver and Meachem is guaranteed to make $5 million this season. Still, the Chargers decided to move away from him. Other cuts of note were center David Molk and pass-rusher Thomas Keiser. Both were expected to have roles going into camp.

Going young: This is a team that is rebuilding and the 53-man roster shows it. All six draft picks (cornerback Steve Williams is on the injured reserve) made the team and three undrafted free agents -- safety Jahleel Addae, nose tackle Kwame Geathers and defensive end Brandon Moore -- made the 53-man roster. U-T San Diego reports it’s the first time since 2007 that every draft pick made the team and the first time in 10 years that three undrafted free agents made the roster. Telesco is looking for youth to make an impact. The opportunity is there for these youngsters.

What’s next: This roster is far from set. The Chargers are going to be a work in progress. I expect Telesco will tinker with the bottom of this roster for the next several weeks, maybe even all season. As an executive in Indianapolis, Telesco was known for his eye for talent and for being able to pick up pieces off the street. Thus, this is his time to shine. He has plenty of work to do in San Diego. The Chargers could use depth on the offensive line, at receiver, on the defensive line, at outside linebacker and in the secondary. The team’s special teams was weak in the preseason. That’s a telltale sign of poor depth. So, more players are needed. Among the players San Diego could potentially look at are receivers Lavelle Hawkins, Chris Harper, Russell Shepard, Tavarres King, linemen Ben Ijalana, Fernando Velasco, Jake Scott and Danny Watkins and defensive tackle Drake Nevis.

Players cut: CB Cornelius Brown, OT Nick Becton, DE Frank Beltre, S Sean Cattouse, TE Ben Cotton, CB Marcus Cromartie, LB Phillip Dillard, CB Greg Gatson, CB Logan Harrell, DE Jerrell Harris, RB Michael Hill, CB Josh Johnson, LB Thomas Keiser, WR Robert Meachem, CB William Middleton, LB Dan Molls, WR David Molk, OT Randy Richards, TE David Rolf, G Steve Schilling, OT Max Starks, WR Luke Tasker.

Evening AFC West notes

December, 21, 2010
San Diego coach Norv Turner marvels at the season his quarterback, Philip Rivers, is putting together. Here is an argument for Rivers being the NFL MVP. I think Rivers deserves serious consideration for the MVP, but I bet he finishes behind New England quarterback Tom Brady and Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick. Go ahead and start the East-coast bias rant if you like.

The Chargers signed linebacker Brandon Moore. He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2007 with the 49ers. San Diego cut linebacker Darry Beckwith to make room for Moore.

Running back Thomas Jones influence on the Chiefs has been felt on the field and in the locker room. His teammates have nominated him for a prestigious league award that has a rich Kansas City history.

Here are some bright spots in an otherwise miserable year in Denver.

UPDATE: The Raiders signed punter Danny Baugher to the practice squad. Star Oakland punter Shane Lechler is dealing with a hamstring injury. The move to bring in Baugher was smart. The Raiders can get him acclimated in practice while seeing if Lechler can play. If Lechler can’t play, Oakland can simply promote Baugher at the last minute without worrying about who’ll replace Lechler. Still, the Raiders need to keep the game-changing Lechler on the field if they can.

AFC West news and notes

February, 26, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

• Still no word out of Kansas City on Larry Johnson's future. The team will likely try to trade him, but he could end up getting cut in the coming days.

• If Dallas cuts safety Roy Williams, Denver could be an option. The Broncos are looking at safeties in free agency. New England's James Sanders also is a possibility.

• The Broncos could be in on St. Louis cornerback Ronald Bartell in the coming days. If Dallas defensive end Chris Canty is unsigned after the first couple of days of free agency, Denver could get into the picture.

• The Chiefs extended tenders to restricted free agents safety Jarrad Page, center Rudy Niswanger and receiver Jeff Webb.

• The Broncos are set to gain about a $4 million in salary-cap credit for bonuses linebacker Louis Green didn't achieve. Denver has more than $40 million in salary-cap room as free agency is about to start.

• It will be interesting to see if San Diego shows any interest in guards Brandon Moore and Kendall Simmons, who were cut by the Jets and the Steelers, respectively. The Chargers might be in a market for a guard.

• The Broncos, at this point, are not looking for a replacement for young kicker Matt Prater, who struggled in the second half last season, but rather someone to compete with Prater.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

It was a busy day in the AFC West. Here are some more roster moves involving teams in the division:

In Oakland, the Raiders brought back linebacker Robert Thomas. He was cut in the summer. The Raiders also looked at linebacker Marquis Cooper and Brandon Moore.

To make room for Thomas, Oakland put tight end Ben Troupe on the injured reserve list. Troupe was signed by the Raiders last month.

In Denver, the Broncos signed running back P.J. Pope to the practice squad. He was previously with the team. Steven Harris was cut from the practice squad.



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