AFC West: Gary Banks

Evening AFC West notes

November, 16, 2010
The Spanos family is reportedly shopping a minority piece of the San Diego Chargers. This happens often around the league and really shouldn’t affect the leadership of the team. Meanwhile, a San Diego columnist looks at the team’s quest for a new stadium.

The Raiders expressed pleasure that Lane Kiffin’s grievance against the team was denied Monday. Kiffin was seeking $333,000 in contract off-set compensation.

The league decided that San Diego’s game at Indianapolis on Nov. 28 will remain the Sunday Night game. It will be Vincent Jackson’s season debut as his roster exemption ends. This is his third game on the list after he ended his holdout.

The Chargers signed safety Pat Watkins for depth. Receiver Gary Banks was cut, which is a sign the team is getting healthier at the position.

Receiver-needy Chargers add veteran

November, 4, 2010
The San Diego Chargers gave themselves some much-needed help at receiver in the form of receiver Kelley Washington.

He is expected to be in uniform Sunday at Houston. He is a big receiver at 6-foot-3, 217 pounds. He has played eight NFL season and had 34 catches for 431 yards for Baltimore last season. He can also help on special teams.

Prior to signing Washington, San Diego had just three healthy receivers – Patrick Cratyon, Gary Banks and Seji Ajirotutu. Starters Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee are not expected to play at Houston because of hamstring injuries. Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson won’t be eligible to play until Week 12 after ending his holdout last week.

Also, star tight end Antonio Gates is dealing with foot injuries and will be severely hampered if he plays at Houston. So, the Washington signing makes sense.
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers will be without their top three receivers Sunday against Tennessee.

Starters Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee (both have hamstring injuries) are out as is No. 3 receiver Buster Davis (ribs). Patrick Crayton, the team’s No. 4 receiver, and undrafted rookie free agent Seyi Ajirotutu will start. It will be Ajirotutu’s second NFL game. Gary Banks, who was signed this week, will be the No. 3 receiver. Top San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson ended his holdout Friday, but he is not eligible to play until Nov. 28.

Star tight end Antonio Gates is active and he will play. He practiced fully Friday for the first time in two weeks because of a toe injury. He did play last week. Expect San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers to try to hit Gates as much as possible with his top receivers out.

Kicker Nate Kaeding will miss his second game with a groin injury. His replacement, Kris Brown, has an ankle injury. He could be limited Sunday. If Brown has a setback, punter Mike Scrfres would attempt field goals. He was practicing field goals this week.

Evening AFC West news and notes

October, 29, 2010
It will be interesting to see if former Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell gets any interest from teams now that he won’t be facing criminal charges after a July arrest. Russell has been working out with an NFL comeback in mind. There was some interest in him after he was cut by the Raiders and before his arrest. At this point, if Russell was going to garner any interest, it won't be until after the season.

Kansas City rookie rusher/receiver/returner Dexter McCluster is questionable to play against Buffalo on Sunday with an ankle injury. It wouldn’t be a shock if he didn’t play this week.

Denver receiver Eddie Royal practiced fully and he is expected to play Sunday against San Francisco at London. Meanwhile, Denver coach Josh McDaniels expects linebacker Robert Ayers to return sooner than later.

The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that receiver Gary Banks will be signed to help the battered San Diego receiving crew on Sunday against Tennessee.

As expected, Tennessee starting quarterback Vince Young is expected to play against the Chargers despite knee and ankle issues. San Diego is 4-0 against the Young.

Chargers make roster moves

August, 31, 2010
There goes the thought that Darry Beckwith's fine preseason will mean anything.

Beckwith was one of four players cut by San Diego as they got down to the 75-man roster deadline Tuesday afternoon. Beckwith was leading the AFC West with 18 tackles through three games.

The other three players cut by San Diego were receiver Gary Banks, guard Lee Grimes and running back Marcus Mason. Prior to the season, Banks and Mason were considered players who could make a push to make the roster.

San Diego officially placed rookie linebacker Donald Butler on the injured reverse. He suffered an Achilles injury early in camp and is lost for the season. San Diego signed punter Glenn Pakulak to take some late camp pressure off of standout punter Mike Scifres.

UPDATE: San Diego claimed cornerback Fred Bennett off waivers from the Houston Texans. He is a fourth-year player from South Carolina, who stated three games last season. He will vie for a roster spot. To make room for Bennett, San Diego cut defensive lineman Ryon Bingham, who has been plagued by injuries.

AFC West notes: Denver's risky drafting

May, 30, 2010
Denver Broncos

The Denver Post's Jeff Legwold takes a closer look at the injury histories of the Broncos draftees.

Former Dallas Cowboys lineman Flozell Adams has reportedly visited with the Broncos. Adams is 35 and one of the most penalized linemen in the league -- but the Broncos have three starters on the offensive line who are returning from surgery.

If you're looking to watch some football this summer, here are some dates the Broncos will be open to the public.

Kansas City Chiefs

In a video on, Chiefs coach Todd Haley talks about the influence Charlie Weis has had on quarterback Matt Cassel already.

Oakland Raiders

Oakland Tribune columnist Carl Steward asks, "If Al Davis can take back $9.55M from JaMarcus Russell, why not others?"

The Buffalo News' Allen Wilson continues to fuel the belief the most logical landing spot for free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens is Oakland.

San Diego Chargers

San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Nick Canepa looks at the quest of wide receiver Gary Banks to get off the practice squad.

North County Times beat reporter Scott Bair has a Q&A with Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason.

AFC West notes: Thomas' tweets cause stir

May, 28, 2010
Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow has passed second-year QB Tom Brandstater on the Broncos' depth chart.

Rookie wideout Demaryius Thomas removed some tweets from his Twitter account after remarks he made about X-rays caused some waves.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are considering moving Glenn Dorsey, who played end in the Chiefs' 3-4 scheme last season, to nose tackle.

Considering all the team has invested in the front seven, it should consider using the zone blitz more.

Oakland Raiders

Jerry McDonald points out that the grievance the Raiders filed against quarterback JaMarcus Russell sheds light on why Russell was invited to mandatory minicamp: The team was hoping he'd be a no-show, because the Raiders have been considering a move to recover money for some time.

San Diego Chargers

Linebacker Jyles Tucker has stood out at this week's minicamp.

With the wide receiver depth chart thinned out due to contract disputes and injuries, Gary Banks and Jeremy Williams got the reps with the first unit.

Chargers announce practice squad

September, 6, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

The San Diego Chargers just announced their eight-man practice squad:

Gary Banks WR Troy

Darry Beckwith LB Louisiana State

Simeon Castille CB Alabama

Corey Clark T Texas A&M

Andre Coleman DE Albany

James Holt LB Kansas

Billy Latsko FB Florida

Ryan McDonald C Illinois

AFC West news and notes

January, 27, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

• The Chargers say they will stay in San Diego in 2009. The chances of the Chargers moving to Los Angeles will increase if a stadium deal in San Diego isn't figured out.

• The Kansas City Star handicaps potential coaching candidates for the Chiefs' opening. There have been no reported interviews. The speculation remains that the team will pursue Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley after the Super Bowl.

• Denver linebacker D.J. Williams had rotator cuff surgery. He'll be ready for training camp.

• Former Seattle and San Francisco assistant John Marshall is expected to talk to the Oakland Raiders about their defensive coordinator job as the Raiders continue to try to compile a coaching staff without naming a full-time head coach. Also, former Oakland defensive backs coach Darren Perry is now Green Bay's safeties coach.

The Chargers have re-signed eight players for the 2009 season. They are: linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, wide receiver Gary Banks, running back Eldra Buckley, defensive end Andre Coleman, guard Brandyn Dombrowski, cornerbacks Grant Mason and DeJuan Tribble and defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo. All of the players except Tribble signed for one year. Tribble signed for two years.