AFC West: Jake O\'Connell
The newly minted No. 1 receiver is practicing for the first time this training camp on Sunday. He passed his physical after being shelved at the start of camp with a virus.
Bowe is going to be a focal point of new coach Andy Reid’s offense this season. The new Kansas City regime made a huge commitment to Bowe this offseason by giving him a lucrative contract.
In other AFC West notes:
Denver center Dan Koppen was carted of the field Sunday with an injury. It will hurt Denver if it's serious. He is replacing starter J.D. Walton, who will be out until, at least November with an ankle injury suffered last September. If Koppen is going to be out for an extended period, Manny Ramirez will likely take over. He worked with the first team in the offseason.
San Diego rookie linebacker Manti Te’o is having no problem fitting in with his new teammates. In fact, he is helping them. The second-round pick and Hawaii native has taught first-round pick, massive tackle D.J. Fluker, to swim. Read it, it's a cool story.
Oakland linebacker Kaluka Maiava is not practicing. He suffered a lower leg injury and was on crutches after Saturday’s practice.
The NFL announced Oakland receiver Andre Holmes will be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy regarding performance enhancing drugs. He has virtually no chance of making the team.
The Broncos signed tight end Jake O’Connell. Tight end Lucas Reed was cut. O’Connell is a long, long shot to make the 53-man roster.
On a personal note, I continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support over the past couple of days. Thank you. I will be working on the blog until Wednesday before taking off for the rest of the week.
Thus, Schefter reports, McClain will not serve any jail time nor will he face an NFL suspension. The issue stemmed from an incident in his hometown last fall when McClain was accused of shooting a gun near a man’s head during a fight. McClain was originally sentenced to 180 days in jail.
McClain, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft, has been a disappointment on the field. He has lost some playing time this season. If the Raiders get a chance to draft Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o, they’d very likely seriously consider it.
In other AFC West news:
- As expected, the Broncos activated linebacker D.J. Williams to the 53-man roster. His nine-game NFL suspension ended last week. He will likely be a substitute Sunday in some packages.
- The Chiefs put tight end Jake O’Connell on injured reserve and promoted offensive lineman Rich Ranglin from the practice squad.
- The Tailgate 32 group has video of its trip to Denver.
- Chiefs center Ryan Lilja is out Sunday against the Bengals with a knee problem. Guard Jon Asamoah is also out (thumb).
Jackson is a key part of this offense and San Diego would have to change its offense some if he is not a Charger. I don’t think its worth it and I think San Diego needs to do what it takes to stay in the mix for Jackson.
There are still some people close to the situation who think the Chargers could end up putting the franchise tag on him although it doesn’t seem to be the most likely route at this point.
In other AFC West news:
The Chiefs have reportedly extended tight end Jake O’Connell for a season. He is a reserve.
In an Insider piece, Joyner explains why he thinks the Raiders are a legitimate contender. Here is a passage from the piece:
After doing detailed game tape and metric analysis, it is clear this team is not the same old Raiders. In fact, it looks like a bona fide playoff contender.
It’s good stuff and completely believable. The Raiders are alive and well.
In other AFC West nuggets Wednesday:
ESPN Boston looks at the Richard Seymour of the Raiders from a Patriots perspective. He was traded to Oakland in 2009. The Patriots visit Oakland on Sunday.
The Chiefs did a tight end swap again. They cut Anthony Becht and re-signed Jake O’Connell. Two weeks ago, they re-signed Becht and cut O’Connell.
The Chargers hope a new bill signed by the governor of California could help keep them in San Diego.
Offensive coordinator Bill Muir is keeping his gig as the playcaller in Kansas City.
Oakland running back Darren McFadden is back on ESPN.com’s MVP Watch.
Former Chief and current Patriot Brian Waters recalls previous trips to Oakland. You must check out this link. Guaranteed chuckle.
With a short week, it looks like the Raiders may have to play without the speedster. Watch for Derek Hagan and Denarius Moore to get more action at receiver. Moore could also be in the mix as a returner as could fellow rookie Taiwan Jones.
Oakland did get some good news as safety Michael Huff (groin) and defensive end Richard Seymour (ribs) returned to practice Friday. Barring setbacks, they should be on pace to play Sunday.
UDPATE: As expected, Ford will not play at Buffalo on Sunday.
In other AFC West-injury news:
As expected, Kansas City first-round pick, receiver Jon Baldwin, is out for Sunday’s game at Detroit with a thumb injury he reportedly injured in a fight with teammate Thomas Jones four weeks ago. Baldwin has worked since.
San Diego receiver Patrick Crayton is probable to play at New England. He missed last week’s game with an ankle injury.
In other AFC West nuggets Friday afternoon:
Trying to find a spark at tight end following the season-ending knee injury to Tony Moeaki, the Chiefs have re-signed Anthony Becht. They cut Jake O’Connell. Becht was signed and cut this summer in Kansas City.
This NFL.com columnist thinks the Raiders are for real.
Jamaal Charles’ fumble issues have returned.
Surprise move: The Chiefs kept Keary Colbert ahead of fellow receivers Verran Tucker and Jeremy Horne. Colbert signed during the summer. He hasn’t been on an NFL roster since 2008. Yet, Colbert became a favorite of Kansas City coach Todd Haley. Defensive tackle Amon Gordon is another vet enjoying a career resurgence in Kansas City. He has played in just 17 games since entering the league in 2004. The Chiefs like Gordon as a run-stuffer.
No-brainers: The big news out of Kansas City on Saturday is that standout tight end Tony Moeaki was put on the injured reserve with a knee injury he suffered at Green Bay on Thursday. Thus, the Chiefs kept both backups Jake O'Connell and Anthony Becht. Both players were considered bubble players but they are needed now.
What's next: It starts at tight end. The Chiefs could use a pass-catcher. They could look at Donald Lee, who was cut Saturday, among other players. Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli could also make a run at safety Brandon Meriweather. He was cut by New England. Pioli was part of the team when it drafted Meriweather. The Chiefs also could scour the waiver wire at receiver, offensive line, inside linebacker and on the defensive line. So, yes, the Chiefs could look to upgrade throughout the roster. Also, if an interesting backup quarterback becomes available, the Cheifs could pursue him in favor of current backup Tyler Palko.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The pens in the Kansas City Chiefs' front office have been busy in the past week.
O'Connell, one of Kansas City's three seventh-round picks, played at Miami (Ohio). He is considered a decent receiver and a solid special-teams player.
The Chiefs, of course, still have their big rookie fish to sign. Defensive end Tyson Jackson remains unsigned. The No. 3 pick from LSU told reporters during the offseason he wants to arrive to training camp on time. Still, serious talks with Jackson may not start for a few weeks.