AFC West: Cassius Vaughn

What I missed

May, 29, 2012
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It wasn’t an overly newsy week in the AFC West while I was out last week. Still, let’s review some of the things that happened:

Denver

The Broncos acquired fullback Chris Gronkowski from Indianapolis for cornerback Cassius Vaughn.

My take: When are the Broncos going to get the great Gronk? Two years ago, Denver traded for fullback/tight end Dan Gronkowski. Now they got Chris. The best Gronk brother, of course, is New England star tight end Rob Gronkowski. Chris Gronkowski is a player who has a chance to be a lead blocker in Denver in some instances, but I don’t think this is a high-impact move.

Kansas City

The Chiefs worked out former Dallas safety Abram Elam.

My take: The Chiefs clearly feel like they need a veteran safety for depth reasons. They have looked at several players in recent weeks. Elam has experience and would be a solid addition.

Tight end Dallas Clark signed with Tampa Bay. He had visited Kansas City.

My take: Seeing Clark sign elsewhere is no great loss for the Chiefs. They are deep at tight end and Clark is near the end of the road.

Oakland

Free-agent linebacker Quentin Groves signed with Arizona.

My take: Groves was no longer in Oakland’s plans, so it’s not a huge loss. Groves was a good locker-room presence in Oakland, but he wasn’t a strong performer.

AFC West links: Dumervil feeling good

May, 24, 2012
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Denver Broncos

Cornerback Tracy Porter, whose pick-six sealed the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Indianapolis Colts, hasn't gotten around to talking trash to new Denver teammate Peyton Manning, the man who threw that ball. "I think once we finally get settled in we'll have enough time to shoot that little joke in," Porter told USA Today. "As of right now, we're both still learning."

The Broncos' trade of backup cornerback Cassius Vaughn to Indianapolis for little-used fullback Chris Gronkowski is most significant for the fact that it's Matt Russell's first trade since taking over as director of player personnel, Mike Klis notes.

Defensive end Elvis Dumervil is "more in shape" than at this point last year, he tells the Broncos' official site, and credits the team's strength coach and a new nutrition plan.

After a Pro Bowl rookie season, Broncos linebacker Von Miller landed the Denver Athletic Club's Colorado Athlete of the Year award.

Kansas City Chiefs

Coach Romeo Crennel, who grew up in a military family, and linebacker Caleb Campbell, a West Point grad who holds the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Army, were among a Chiefs contingent that visited a junior high school at nearby Fort Leavenworth.

Oakland Raiders

With more talent on his side of the ball than on defense, new Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is going to need to keep the unit humming and take some pressure off Dennis Allen's defense, Mark Purdy writes in the San Jose Mercury News.

Mike Goodson, an offseason trade acquisition from Carolina, is making an impression with coaches in his quest to win the backup running back job.

San Diego Chargers

General manager A.J. Smith laughed off Las Vegas picking the Chargers to finish second in the division, behind Denver. "I couldn't care less about predictions," Smith told U-T San Diego on Wednesday. "It's fun to do, and it stimulates conversation."

Coach Norv Turner told season-ticket holders during a conference call that he'll lean "heavily" on special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia this season after Bisaccia was given the title of assistant head coach.

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