AFC West: Javarris Williams
Smith only played in three games this season because of injuries. He was backing up Jamaal Charles after the team cut Larry Johnson.
The team promoted rookie Javarris Williams from the practice squad. Williams was a seventh-round pick this season. He should get some carries as Charles’ backup.
Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos will be playing their first game, Sunday in Kansas City, without their most famous fan.
Tim McKernan -- better known as the "Barrel Man" -– died at the age of 69 on Saturday. McKernan was known around the league for attending Broncos games wearing a big, orange barrel, a Cowboy hat and not much else. He was beloved in Denver. Because of illnesses, McKernan retired from his 'Barrel Man" persona in recent years.
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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 squadHere is Kansas City’s seven-man list. The limit is eight:
- Jackie Bates, CB
- Tom Crabtree, TE
- Dion Gales, DE
- Bobby Greenwood, DE
- Darryl Harris, G
- Javarris Williams, RB
- Rodney Wright, WR
Some late cut-day thoughts:
I was a tad surprised that Kansas City cut receiver Ashley Lelie. He performed well in a short period in Kansas City and the Chiefs don’t have much else at receiver.
Raiders coach Tom Cable said Chris Morris could start at center against San Diego on Sept. 14, which would make Samsom Satele a bench player. Satele was expected to be an upgrade at center for the Raiders when they traded for him in the spring. He hasn’t emerged.
Just wondering out loud: Could Denver give Jeff Garcia a call? With starter Kyle Orton (finger) and backup Chris Simms (ankle) hurting for the season opener in Cincinnati, Garcia is a proven starter whose now available. Do I think it will happen? Not really, but you never know.
I’d expect the Chiefs try to place running back JaVarris Williams on the practice squad.
The Jaguars were linked to Chiefs’ backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen in trade talks. On Saturday, Jacksonville acquired Luke McCown from Tampa Bay. Thigpen became unavailable when Chiefs’ starter Matt Cassel went down last week with a knee injury. Cassel will try to play next week at Baltimore.
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Williams set a school record with 4,329 rushing yards and 42 rushing touchdowns at Tennessee State. The Chiefs see Williams as a player who could compete for playing time as a rookie should he make the 53-man roster.
The Chiefs have now signed four draft picks, which is the most in the AFC West.