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A case for Corey Liuget

In an Insider piece, Mike Sando thinks San Diego defensive end Corey Liuget is on the cusp of being one of the top 100 defensive players in the NFL.

I think Liuget, the team’s first-round pick in 2011, should already be on the list. He is a monster.

In other AFC West notes:

Oakland backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor has switched from No. 6 to No. 2. He wore No. 2 at Ohio State. Perhaps the Raiders thought enough time has passed since the last No. 2 played quarterback in Oakland. Yes, JaMarcus Russell. Pryor said when he was drafted that then-coach Hue Jackson wouldn’t let him wear No. 2. Punter Marquette King moved from No. 2 to No. 7.

Oakland rookie tackle Menelik Watson is practicing for the second time this camp. He had a calf injury. If he can stay healthy, he has a chance to play early.

U-T San Diego reports Chicago rookie linebacker Jon Bostic was fined $21,000 for a hit on San Diego receiver Mike Willie last week.

Scott Pioli, the man who drafted Jon Baldwin in the first round two years ago, stuck up for Baldwin. He was traded to San Francisco for fellow former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates doesn’t think the Broncos “will miss a beat” during the six-game suspension of star pass-rusher Von Miller.

New Orleans cut tackle Jason Smith. Oakland needs depth at the spot.