AFC West: Darius Walker

Evening AFC West news and notes

November, 3, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

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.

More AFC West practice squad news

September, 6, 2009

Posted by’s Bill Williamson

Here is Denver’s announcement of its practice squad:
The Denver Broncos on Sunday signed tight end Marquez Branson, cornerback Tony Carter, guard Mitch Erickson, cornerback D.J. Johnson, inside linebacker Braxton Kelley, defensive lineman Everette Pedescleaux, running back Darius Walker and wide receiver Matthew Willis to their practice squad
Here is Kansas City’s seven-man list. The limit is eight: The Oakland Tribune has six practice-squad additions in Oakland.

Broncos: Cutdown analysis

September, 5, 2009

Posted by’s Bill Williamson

Biggest surprise: Of all the AFC West cut lists, this was probably the tamest. But seeing linebacker Tim Crowder cut is a bit surprising since he was a second-round pick in 2007 and he showed promise as a rookie. He wasn’t good last season. Crowder was moved from defensive end this year. The top pick in 2007, Jarvis Moss, made the team despite being a big bust so far and despite him leaving camp earlier this year. It is also a mild surprise that running back Darius Walker was cut. He played well in the preseason. Denver kept veteran LaMont Jordan over Walker.

No brainer: Earlier in camp, some folks wondered if sixth-round pick Tom Brandstater would get replaced as the No. 3 quarterback. But the Fresno State product finished the preseason strong. New Denver coach Josh McDaniels likes Brandstater a lot and he clearly likes him more after Brandstater has flourished. With starter Kyle Orton (finger) and backup Chris Simms (ankle) both not sure things to be ready for the season opener Sept. 13 at Cincinnati, Brandstater may be forced into action. Denver thinks both Orton and Simms will be able to gut it out, but the rookie will be available if needed.

What’s next: The Broncos are far from a finished product. McDaniels has been aggressive in retooling the roster this summer. Veteran defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday was signed Saturday. Watch for McDaniels to go back to the New England well if he sees something intriguing on the Patriots’ waiver wire. Denver could add help at receiver, offensive line and several spots on defense.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Agent Drew Rosenhaus announced that Denver has added running back Darius Walker by giving him a two-year contract.

Yes, Walker is a running back and not a defensive lineman. I know, I know, the Broncos have a truckload of running backs and they are thin on the defensive line. Walker is a journeyman and he will enter training camp with an outside chance of making the 53-man roster.

The Oakland Tribune has a nice breakdown of what to look for during Oakland's minicamp this weekend.

Count former Denver safety John Lynch among those who are willing to give the new-look Broncos a chance.