AFC West: Carlton Powell
The Chiefs were the only team to put a waiver claim on receiver Chris Chambers and they were awarded him. San Diego cut the demoted starter Monday.
The Kansas City Star suggests safety Jarrad Page could be put on the injured reserve.
Seattle cut running back Edgerrin James. Some could connect the dots and think Kansas City could go after him because James played for Chiefs head coach Todd Haley in Arizona last season and because of Larry Johnson’s status. It could happen, but the Chiefs had an opportunity to sign James before the season and they didn’t. But things can change.
The Broncos added running back Lance Ball and defensive tackle Carlton Powell (a former Denver draft choice) to the add squad. Running back Darius Walker was cut from the practice squad and Denver placed defensive lineman Everette Pedescleaux on the injured list.
The Chargers signed rookie linebacker James Holt from the practice squad. The team is thin at the position.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos got a head start on cutting down to the 53-man roster by Saturday’s deadline. The Chiefs cut eight players. The Broncos cut nine players.
The biggest name on the Chiefs’ list is right tackle Damion McIntosh, who previously was a starter. But McIntosh has not played well and he was on the bubble. Barry Richardson is expected to start at the spot.
The Broncos’ early cuts included two draft picks from Mike Shanahan’s final class -- guard Kory Lichtensteiger and defensive lineman Carlton Powell.
Here are Kansas City’s cut list Friday:
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp. College
46 Jed Collins FB 6-1 249 23 1 Washington State
23 Travis Daniels CB 6-1 195 26 5 LSU
34 Londen Fryar CB 5-11 192 23 R Western Michigan
73 Eric Ghiaciuc C 6-4 303 28 5 Central Michigan
77 Damion McIntosh T 6-4 320 32 10 Kansas State
66 Corey Smith LB 6-1 225 22 R Cincinnati
75 Herb Taylor T 6-3 295 24 3 TCU
65 Tavares Washington G 6-4 315 26 1 Florida
Here is Denver’s list:
Player NFL Exp. College
DL Matthias Askew 3 Michigan State
G Kory Lichtensteiger 2 Bowling Green State
QB Ingle Martin 3 Furman
CB Rashod Moulton 1 Fort Valley State
T Clint Oldenburg 2 Colorado State
DL Carlton Powell 2 Virginia Tech
ILB Lee Robinson R Alcorn State
WR Nate Swift R Nebraska
RB Marcus Thomas 2 Texas-El Paso
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Bill Williamson: Well, the moves, made Monday, were very interesting. These are two outstanding receivers we're talking about. Really, I don't think these demotions will last. Bowe was most likely working with backups on Monday because the coaching staff wanted to get his attention. Bowe has had trouble holding onto the ball. But he is a talent. He has 156 catches in two NFL seasons. He'll be a starter when it counts. Same goes with Marshall, who is coming off back-to-back 100- catch seasons. I think the fact that Denver put Marshall on the second team on its depth chart was due to him being out since Aug. 2 with a leg injury. The depth chart was for this weekend's game at San Francisco. There's little chance he can play if he doesn't practice. When Marshall is healthy, he'll be in the starting lineup. So, in the end, these two moves are a tad shocking, but they don't really mean too much.
BW: Brown is making some noise in Oakland's camp. The team has had a lot of confidence in him, but apparently he is really coming into his own. Still, I'd be surprised if he beats out Morrison. Morrison has been a leader and a big part of Oakland's defense. This could be a message being sent similar to Bowe and Marshall's situation. Maybe the Oakland coaching staff didn't think Morrison was working hard enough and wanted to get his attention. Still, this will be an interesting battle to watch in the preseason.
Craig Stele from Tally, FL. wants to know if Carlton Powell has a chance to be make an impact this season.
BW: Powell, a draft choice in 2008, has not gotten much action at nose tackle in Denver's 3-4 scheme this training camp. The player to watch at the position is rookie free agent Chris Baker. He is running with the second team. He started his college career at Penn State and then he finished at Hampton. He could be a comer. The current starter is Ronnie Fields. He played for new Denver defensive coordinator Mike Nolan in San Francisco when Nolan was the head coach.
Ryan Torain will not have to wait to start his push for playing time in Denver's backfield. The fifth-round pick from Arizona State was one of three players the Broncos signed Wednesday.
Denver also signed fifth-round pick Carlton Powell, a defensive tackle from Virginia Tech, and linebacker Spencer Larsen from Arizona. The Broncos have considered using Larsen at fullback but they were pleased with the play of seventh-round pick Peyton Hillis of Arkansas during minicamp and may keep Larsen at linebacker.
Denver has five of its nine draft picks to sign, led by No. 12 overall pick Ryan Clady, who will be the starting left tackle. Denver has started talks with Clady and the team remains confident it will sign him by the time training camp starts July 25.