AFC West: Jerry Porter
“You better believe I do,” Jackson said. “Obviously, Jacoby is going to become a household name, because he has some very special ability. He’s very good with the ball in his hands -- he’s very good without the ball in his hands -- because he draws a lot of attention.”
It is clear Ford is going to get a chance to start on a regular basis. I think it’s the right call. Ford has special ability and he needs to be on the field as much as possible. He has already developed into one of the team’s most clutch weapons.
In other AFC West nuggets Thursday afternoon:
- Longtime NFL personnel man Gil Brandt said the Raiders’ hire of Jackson as head coach was “great.”
- The Raiders are represented in an Insider piece on the worst free-agent signings.
- There’s some interesting AFC West numbers in this Football Outsiders 2010 breakdown on broken tackles. Hat tip to the reader who pointed this out to me.
- San Diego linebacker Antwan Applewhite is reportedly planning to plead not guilty to DUI charges. Applewhite is likely on the bubble to make the Chargers’ roster.
- Here’s a look at some key issues for the Chargers.
- Former Oakland receiver Jerry Porter suffered a major injury in a CFL training camp. Porter will be 33 next month. His football-playing days may now be behind him.
The Broncos have resumed contract negotiations with star cornerback Champ Bailey. "He's a guy we definitely want to bring back," coach John Fox said.
Senior analyst Pat Kirwan takes a look at a busy offseason for the Broncos. The story includes a video interview with John Elway.
Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post looks back at how the past several No. 2 overall picks in the draft have panned out.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Star looks at the former "star pupils" of new Chiefs quarterback coach Jim Zorn.
Former Raiders player Jerry Porter is heading north of the border to play for former Raiders offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
The Raiders are apparently "deep into discussing defensive philosophy and options" even though the team hasn't hired a defensive coordinator yet, writes the Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald.
San Diego Chargers
Vincent Jackson expected to get the franchise tag this offseason and plans to play under its terms in 2011 if the new CBA includes a franchise designation.
The Chargers on Tuesday signed 5-foot-10, 240-pound running back Frank Summers to a futures contract.
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The Raiders are also reportedly talking to veteran fullback Lorenzo Neal. It would be somewhat surprising if Oakland brought in both players, since they would fill similar roles.
Pittman was moved from tailback to fullback out of necessity last season. Oakland needs fullbacks more than running backs. Both Pittman and Neal are tough, fine blockers. Adding either one would help Oakland.
Some Oakland fans wanted the Raiders to sign Bay Area native Roy Williams. That hope is now dashed since Cincinnati has added the former Dallas safety.
The Raiders will hold their mandatory minicamp this weekend.
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The agent for wide receiver Jerry Porter says the Raiders are "definitely one of the teams Jerry is interested in signing with."
"Jerry really respects the organization and the tradition of the Raiders," his agent Joel Segal said Thursday evening.
Segal said the process of Porter returning to Oakland is in the preliminary stages. Segal described the timetable of Porter potentially returning to Oakland as "down the road."
Porter signed a six-year, $30 million deal last year with Jacksonville, but after an unproductive season, the Jaguars cut him last week. He had just 11 catches last season.
Porter's departure from Oakland was fairly ugly. He was in former coach Art Shell's doghouse. But Porter has a good relationship with Raiders owner Al Davis and the Raiders have a need for veteran receivers.
Oakland mostly needs a true No. 1 receiver and in this point in his career, Porter may be more of a rotation receiver. But he would give Oakland some depth that it doesn't have if he ends up returning to the team.