AFC West: Philip Adams

Our AFC West 2013 positional rankings series marches on with a deep, strong group of defensive backs:

1. Eric Weddle, San Diego: He is everything you want in a safety. He is a complete player.

2. Eric Berry, Kansas City: With extended health, the sky is the limit for this special player.

3. Champ Bailey, Denver: He is 35, but he still is a high-impact player.

4. Brandon Flowers, Kansas City: Coaches and scouts around the league rave about this player.

5. Sean Smith, Kansas City: Big, athletic player should thrive in Kansas City.

6. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver: Playing opposite Bailey should benefit this talent.

7. Tyvon Branch, Oakland: Having Charles Woodson on his side should take pressure off this solid player.

8. Dunta Robinson, Kansas City: Robinson’s versatility will help the Chiefs.

9. Derek Cox, San Diego: A solid player who was badly needed.

10. Charles Woodson, Oakland: He still has something left in the tank.

11. D.J. Hayden, Oakland: If his heart issues are behind him, he has a chance to make a big difference.

12. Chris Harris, Denver: A tremendous nickel cornerback.

13. Kendrick Lewis, Kansas City: A steady performer to assist Berry.

14. Rahim Moore, Denver: Everyone remembers the horrible playoff gaffe. But he has ability.

15. Mike Jenkins, Oakland: He should help Oakland’s secondary.

16. Quentin Jammer, Denver: The Broncos have a plan for him at safety.

17. Mike Adams, Denver: He always gives a high-effort.

18. Tony Carter, Denver: Backup cornerback has big-play ability.

19. Tracy Porter, Oakland: Raiders hoping for a bounce back season from former Bronco.

20. David Bruton, Denver: Special teams ace will get a chance to play more on defense.

21. Darrell Stuckey, San Diego: Ditto.

22. Shareece Wright, San Diego: Inexperienced player who get a chance to start.

23. Brandon Taylor, San Diego: He has ability, but is coming off a torn ACL

24. Phillip Adams, Oakland: He played well at times last season.

25. Marcus Gilchrist, San Diego: Versatile player will get a chance to play.

26. Brandian Ross, Oakland: He showed some nice flashes last year.

27. Joselio Hanson, Oakland: He is decent injury insurance.

28. Sanders Commings, Kansas City: Rookie showed flashes in the offseason.

29. Husain Abdullah, Kansas City: He took year off last year for personal reasons. He has starting experience.

Raiders not pleasing fans

October, 21, 2012
OAKLAND -- It is raining boos in Oakland.

And if the Raiders don’t turn it around, the forecast is for thunderous boos. Oakland is losing at home, 14-3, to Jacksonville in the second quarter.

The Raiders came into this game with serious hopes of winning their second game of the season against the Jaguars in a battle of one-win teams. The Raiders gave their fan base hope by playing hard at undefeated Atlanta in a 23-20 loss last week.

If the Raiders can win this game, they will be 2-4 and just a game behind Denver and San Diego, both 3-3, in the AFC West. Oakland plays Kansas City and Tampa Bay in the next two weeks, both of which are very winnable.

But this game is supposed to be winnable as well.

The Jaguars -- who are without their best player, running back Maurice Jones-Drew because of a foot injury -- have capitalized on long touchdown pass and a short touchdown run after a fumbled punt by Oakland’s Philip Adams deep in the Raiders territory. The home fans are not pleased.

It is early and Oakland can still pull this out, but the Raiders have to dig themselves out of an early hole.

Raiders cut CB Chimdi Chekwa

September, 1, 2012
Three in and three out for the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders claimed three players and cut three players, including cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, who was a fourth-round pick last year and who was expected to be in the playing mix this year. I expect Chekwa to get interest elsewhere.

Oakland claimed defensive back Phillip Adams from Seattle, linebacker Keenan Clayton (a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2010) and former Washington tackle Willie Smith. Going with Chekwa out the door in Oakland are cornerback Bryan McCann and the team waived injured defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie. He will likely be put on inured reserve if he clears waivers.

McCann was a candidate to return punts for the Raiders.

In other AFC West news:

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Seattle has cut tight end Kellen Winslow. The Raiders could use a tight end. Still, there is baggage that comes with Winslow. I’m not sure the Raiders would bite. I think they could take a chance on oft-injured Chris Cooley, recently cut by the Redskins, before Winslow, but that’s just a guess.

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel told reporters Saturday linebacker Derrick Johnson (ankle) should be ready to play and he is hopeful cornerback Brandon Flowers (foot) can possibly play in Week 1 against Atlanta. However, safety Kendrick Lewis (shoulder) is likely not going to be able to play.

The Denver Post reports former Denver quarterback Adam Weber will join the Tampa Bay practice squad. The Broncos cut Weber on Friday. The Denver staff liked Weber, but there wasn’t much room for him.

Also, Denver safety Rafael Bush was claimed by New Orleans and released tackle Ryan Harris signed with Houston.

If the Chiefs are looking for a temporary pass-rushing burst with Tamba Hali out for Week 1 with an NFL suspension, they could turn to former Chief Wallace Gilberry. He was cut by Tampa Bay.