AFC West: Kevin Alexander

Football Outsiders hot on Chiefs again

December, 20, 2010
In an Insider piece, the highly respected Bill Barnwell of the Football Outsiders thinks Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles deserves MVP consideration. There’s no doubt, Charles -- who provided the game sealer in St. Louis with an 80-yard run late in the game -- has made a huge impact on the team, so it’s an interesting notion.

By the way, it may soon to be time to congratulate the Football Outsiders. They picked the Chiefs to win the AFC West this summer. First folks I saw do that. The Chiefs, who won a total of 10 games the past three seasons, could wrap up the division as soon as this week.
  • The Raiders may need to bring in a punter this week as insurance for an injured Shane Lechler. Playing Indianapolis with their start punter would create a challenge for the Raiders as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive.
  • The Broncos claimed former New England cornerback Chevis Jackson off waivers. They cut rookie linebacker Kevin Alexander to make room for Jackson. Alexander was arrested Monday morning. Clearly, the combination of Jackson’s arrival, Alexander’s arrest and his low profile on the team made him an easy cut.
  • Oakland’s 98 combined points against Denver this season was the most any team has scored against another in a season since the merger.

Evening AFC West news and notes

September, 5, 2010
As expected, Oakland has named Stanford Rout the starting right cornerback ahead of incumbent Chris Johnson. This has been coming a while. Johnson was dreadful in the preseason.

You have to wonder if Oakland will make a play for fullback Tony Richardson. He was cut by the Jets. Oakland doesn’t currently have a traditional fullback on its roster. Richardson is a longtime standout. Oakland tried to make it work with Lorenzo Neal last year, so maybe Richardson will get a call. It wouldn’t hurt. He’s a pro’s pro.

Here is an updated look at Oakland’s practice squad.

Denver claimed offensive lineman Chris Clark off waivers from Minnesota. Denver cut linebacker Baraka Atkins and running back Bruce Hall. Running back Andre Brown was claimed off waivers from the Giants earlier in the day. Denver added linebacker Kevin Alexander, receiver Britt Davis, tight end Riar Geer, safety Kyle McCarthy and linebacker Worrell Williams on the practice squad. Williams is the younger brother of Denver standout linebacker D.J. Williams.

The Chiefs claimed defensive tackle Anthony Toribio off waivers from Green Bay. To make room for him, receiver Quinten Lawrence was cut. Toribio, a run plugger, played one game with the Packers last season.