AFC West: Butch Lewis

Early AFC West notes

October, 5, 2011
10/05/11
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Oakland receiver Louis Murphy is practicing for the first time in almost two months. He’s been out with a sports hernia.

Murphy has been a starter for Oakland. His return is a boost to Oakland's talented, yet crowded receiving corps. It will be interesting to see how the Raiders rotate receivers at Houston on Sunday.

The Kansas City Star looks at the unusual methods Chiefs coach Todd Haley takes to help his players succeed.

Oakland running back Darren McFadden and San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers are both featured on ESPN.com’s MVP Watch this week. Makes sense to me.

Denver linebacker Von Miller is still atop ESPN.com’s Rookie Watch. He has four sacks in four games. Yes, it’s been a pretty good start for the No. 2 overall pick.

The Chiefs signed running back Shaun Draughn to the practice squad. He was previously with Washington this summer. To make room, offensive lineman Butch Lewis was cut from the practice squad.

Sterling Moore, who was a star in training camp for Oakland, has been signed to New England’s practice squad. There was a lot of talk that Moore would make Oakland’s 53-man roster. In the end, the team cut him from the practice squad. I know Moore created excitement during the summer, but I don’t think Oakland fans should be bummed about this. If the Raiders thought he could help, he’d be in the program.
This one will get the blood boiled in the Raider Nation.

ESPN’s panel of experts all pick Denver to beat Oakland on Monday night. That’s stunning to me. I had to recheck it four times to make sure I wasn’t missing something. I think Oakland has to be considered the better team going into the season.

I’m not saying Denver doesn’t have a chance, but I would have thought most of the panel would have picked Oakland. Again, I’m not on the list, so save the venom for others this time. But check out the link. Good things are expected from San Diego and Kansas City in Week 1.

In other AFC West nuggets Thursday afternoon:
  • Gene Wojciechowski’s annual NFL prediction column on ESPN.com is in. There are some AFC West thoughts here in this fun, snappy read.
  • Oakland receiver Chaz Schilens feels healthy and expects to be able to help Oakland at Denver on Monday.
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Denver put a waiver claim on former New England cornerback Darius Butler. He was claimed by Carolina, the only other team with a higher waiver priority than the Broncos. The Broncos clearly feel like they need to improve their cornerback depth. They signed former New England cornerback Jonathan Wilhite earlier in the week.
  • The Chiefs added tight end Kyle Lewis to the practice squad. He spent some time with the Saints last season. Offensive lineman Butch Lewis was cut from the practice squad to make room for Lewis.

Chiefs announce practice squad

September, 4, 2011
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The Kansas City Chiefs have just announced their eight-player practice squad. Highlighting the list is seventh-round pick Shane Bannon (fullback), linebacker Justin Cole, defensive back Quinten Lawrence, receiver Jeremy Horne and massive offensive lineman David Mims. Below is the complete list:

Shane Bannon, FB

Justin Cole, LB

Darryl Harris, G

Jeremy Horne, WR

Quinten Lawrence, DB

Butch Lewis, OL

David Mims, OL

Anthony Toribio, DT

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