AFC West: Laveranues Coles

It’s been known all summer that the Oakland Raiders should, and probably will, watch the waiver wire for receivers.

Let the looking begin. Two veterans were released Sunday: the Jets cut Laveranues Coles and Cincinnati cut Antonio Bryant.

A veteran wideout could provide depth and leadership for a talented, but young and unproven, receiving corps.

Coles and Bryant are reminders that there will be some interesting players who come available in the next week. Neither, however, may be the right fit for the Raiders. Cole, for one, has indicated that he would retire if the Jets cut him. Bryant has been limited during the offseason while recovering from a knee injury.

If healthy, Bryant could be a dynamic presence in Oakland. Likewise, Denver, Kansas City and San Diego could all be in the market for a receiver so Bryant would also garner a lot of interest around the division and the league.

Rapid Reaction: Jets 28, Chiefs 24

October, 26, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In the end, it was another Brett Favre comeback.

But in Kansas City, this gut-wrenching loss will be remembered for more than another Favre magic trick. Yes, the Chiefs lost because of a Favre touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles from 15 yards out with a minute remaining in the game.

But in Kansas City, this game will be remembered as the day the Chiefs stood up and fought.

They fell to 1-6 amid adversity, but the Chiefs nearly won. They probably should have won.

This is a team that was beaten by a combined 68-10 in the past two games. This is a team down to their third quarterback, Tyler Thigpen. And you know what? Thigpen was very good. Maybe Thigpen could be the answer. Maybe there is some hope in Kansas City.

Yes, Brett Favre got them like he's gotten so many teams before. But Sunday, the Chiefs were a competitive NFL team. They couldn't say that in the past month.

AFC West pregame news and notes

October, 26, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Pregame buzz:

  • Jets receiver Laveranues Coles (hamstring, concussion) will start against visiting Kansas City.
  • Jets tight end Bubba Franks is inactive because of a groin injury.
  • Chiefs' running back Larry Johnson is inactive today against the Jets. It's the second straight game he has been deactivated. Chiefs coach Herman Edwards is punishing him for off-field issues.
  • After heavy rains Saturday, it is clear skies in the East Rutherford area and weather should not be an issue for the Jets-Chiefs game.
  • The Chiefs' plane was delayed a couple of hours Saturday flying into the New Jersey area because of inclement weather.
  • Several members of the Jets' Super Bowl III team, including quarterback Joe Namath, were in the press box prior to the game.
  • Former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer is here. His son Brian is an assistant for the Jets.
  • Interesting development in Baltimore where Oakland running back Darren McFadden has been deactivated because of turf toe. He has been dealing with the injury since Week 2 at Kansas City. Coincidentally, that was his best game. Turf toe can bother a player for an entire season and perhaps this is going to be the case for the No. 4 overall pick of the 2008 draft.
  • Receiver Chad Jackson is still on target to sign with Denver tonight. He has a flight scheduled to land in Denver on Sunday evening.

Redemption for Chargers' Cromartie

September, 22, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Antonio Cromartie just made one up to himself.

A series after dropping a sure touchdown return, Cromartie made a difficult play and got his touchdown to give San Diego a 17-7 lead.

Cromartie stole a Brett Favre pass from receiver Laveranues Coles and returned it 52 yards for a score.