AFC West: Quinten Lawrence

Chiefs announce practice squad

September, 4, 2011
The Kansas City Chiefs have just announced their eight-player practice squad. Highlighting the list is seventh-round pick Shane Bannon (fullback), linebacker Justin Cole, defensive back Quinten Lawrence, receiver Jeremy Horne and massive offensive lineman David Mims. Below is the complete list:

Shane Bannon, FB

Justin Cole, LB

Darryl Harris, G

Jeremy Horne, WR

Quinten Lawrence, DB

Butch Lewis, OL

David Mims, OL

Anthony Toribio, DT

Evening AFC West news and notes

September, 7, 2010
T.J. Houshmandzadeh credited Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for him signing with Baltimore. Houshmandzadeh, who played for Jackson in Cincinnati, said Jackson has raved about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. He became a free agent when Seattle cut him this weekend. The bummer for Jackson is that Houshmandzadeh reportedly chose the Ravens over the Raiders.

The Broncos opened their practice week in preparation to play at Jacksonville with several injury questions on offense. Running back Knowshon Moreno is still trying to come all the way back from a hamstring injury suffered on the first day of training camp. The offensive line is beat up with tackle Ryan Clady (knee) and right tackle Ryan Harris (ankle) uncertain if they can play and how effective they can be.

The Chargers cut cornerback Brandon Hughes to make room for No. 3 quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan.

The Chiefs put second-year receiver Quinten Lawrence on the practice squad. He was cut Monday. Defensive tackle Garrett Brown was cut from the practice squad.

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.

Chiefs part ways with WR Bradley

December, 22, 2009
The Kansas City Chiefs made another change at receiver.

Veteran Mark Bradley has been cut. A spark plug last season, Bradley hasn’t produced much this season. The team re-signed rookie Quinten Lawrence to replace Bradley on the 53-man roster. The sixth-round pick was cut Saturday.

Bradley played in 13 games this season with six starts. He had 24 catches for 320 yards and two touchdowns. He also had seven kickoff returns.

The Chiefs have been tinkering with the receiver position all season. Expect it to continue into the offseason.

The Chiefs have Dwayne Bowe and will likely try to re-sign Chris Chambers, who has shined since being claimed off waivers from San Diego in November. Also, expect Kansas City to address the position in the draft.

Chiefs make roster moves

December, 20, 2009
The Chiefs' oft-injured backfield took another hit when the team put backup tailback and returner Dantrell Savage on the injured reserve.

In addition to shelving Savage, the Chiefs cut receiver/returner Quinten Lawrence. He was a sixth-round pick this year. Lawrence could be a candidate to go to the practice squad, where he has spent time this season. Kansas City added guard Darryl Harris. He has been on the practice squad this season.

Chiefs make a roster move

November, 28, 2009
The Kansas City Chiefs promoted rookie receiver/return man Quinten Lawrence from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

He was a sixth-round pick this year. He spent time on the roster before being cut and signed to the practice squad. He had one rush and one kickoff return before spending the past four weeks on the practice squad. He is eligible to play against the Chargers on Sunday.

Lawrence takes the place of Maurice Leggett on the 53-man roster. Leggett was put on the injured reserve this week.

AFC West news and notes

October, 27, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

According to ESPN’s Stats and Information, the AFC West has been very busy using the shotgun formation. Kansas City has used the shotgun 198 times, which is the fourth most in the NFL. Denver is fifth with 184. The Chargers are averaging 8.3 yards per play using the shotgun.

An NFL spokesman said Tuesday that the league has not made any decision on whether to discipline Oakland coach Tom Cable regarding the assault allegations made by Oakland defensive assistant Randy Hanson. Authorities have declined to pursue charges against Cable. Any NFL discipline would likely be minor.

Kansas City signed receiver/returner Quentin Lawrence to the practice squad. Kansas City cut the sixth-round pick Saturday.

Tennessee claimed punter Brett Kern off waivers from Denver. He was cut Monday as Denver signed veteran Mitch Berger.
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

KANSAS CITY -- Both the Chargers and the Chiefs made a roster move Saturday as they prepare for Sunday’s game.

The Chiefs cut sixth-round draft pick Quinten Lawrence. They promoted receiver Lance Long from the practice squad. Lawrence is a speedster but he played just two games and had one run for 16 yards. Kansas City could put him on the practice squad if he clears waivers.

The Chargers cut cornerback Dante Hughes. He was signed Tuesday. San Diego promoted cornerback Simeon Castille from the practice squad to replace Hughes.

Meanwhile, former San Diego safety Clinton Hart worked out for the Browns. San Diego surprisingly cut the starter last week.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Catching up on a busy night in the AFC West.

The Raiders were chock full of news as coach Tom Cable addressed the media Wednesday in preparation of the team's start of training camp Thursday. Here are some of the significant nuggets:

  • Cable all but said the Raiders won't pursue free agent quarterback Michael Vick.
  • Defensive end Derrick Burgess did not report to camp. He is now subject to fines. Burgess wants a pay raise and he has lost playing time due to the addition of Greg Ellis. This may have an ugly ending.
  • Top pick Darrius Heyward-Bey was not in camp in time, but the team is hopeful he will be signed soon. Heyward-Bey was the No. 7 overall draft pick.
  • Cable didn't completely rule out quarterback Jeff Garcia becoming the starter. Still, it is clear Cable wants JaMarcus Russell to succeed.
  • Cable suggested backup quarterback Andrew Walter will soon be released.
  • The Raiders put oft-injured receiver Javon Walker on the physically unable to perform list. He had offseason knee surgery.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs signed sixth-round pick Quinten Lawrence, according to the Kansas City Chiefs. There are seven unsigned draft picks in the AFC West, including all five draft rounders.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson will likely avoid a league suspension in 2009 stemming form a January arrest for DUI.

Larry Johnson's words about the new regime in Kansas City should be encouraging to Chiefs fans.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

After observing and talking to people around the AFC West during the minicamp and OTA season, here are some players selected in the second day of the draft that could have an impact as rookies:

David Bruton, FS, fourth round, Notre Dame:
Bruton is an athletic player who is expected to make an immediate impression on special teams. With a little luck, he could play some at safety.

Kansas City
Alex Magee, DT, third round, Purdue:
The stout Magee may get a chance to start as the nose tackle in the Chiefs' new 3-4 scheme. The team believes he is ready to contribute. Don't expect spectacular numbers, but Magee has a chance to be nice anchor on the Chiefs' line.

Quinten Lawrence, WR, sixth round, McNeese State: Lawrence is a project, but he has elite speed and he could get a chance to be the Chiefs' returner right away.

Louis Murphy, WR, fourth round, Florida:
Murphy has a chance to make an impact on a thin receiving depth chart. He is a speedy player who excelled at a high level in college. Don't be surprised if Murphy is a solid contributor as a rookie.

Slade Norris, DE, fourth round, Oregon State: Norris is a special teams ace who should help Oakland with his speed.

San Diego
Louis Vasquez, OG, third round, Texas Tech:
Vasquez has a chance to be a starter right away. He will get a long look in the preseason. The Chargers have been very impressed with him in OTAs.

Kevin Ellison, S, sixth round, USC: This is definitely a player to watch. The Chargers are looking for a starting safety and it could be Ellison. He is a talented, hard hitter who San Diego is very intrigued by.

Around the AFC West

May, 13, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson


A comparison of John Elway's retirement and Brett Favre's retirement.

My take: Elway went out on top. He won the Super Bowl in his final two seasons and he won the Super Bowl MVP award in his final game. Even though he admitted he was breaking down at the time of his retirement, Elway could have muddled through another year or two. Why, though? He went out on the absolute top and he will always be remembered for that. There is no greater way to depart from the game for a legend.

Kansas City

The Chiefs are hoping to bolster their special teams.

My take: That was a clear theme of Kansas City's draft. Quinten Lawrence, Ryan Succop and Donald Washington were all brought in to help on the special teams. There's nothing wrong with this. But the Chiefs also have major needs on defense and offense. An upgraded special teams will only go so far if the offense and defense still need repairs in Kansas City.


The Raiders have added another quarterback.

My take: The team's signing of Danny Southwick doesn't mean much. He is the fifth quarterback and will likely be a camp arm. The more interesting quarterback to watch will be former starter Andrew Walter. He has fallen out of favor in Oakland after not working out with the team this offseason. He didn't do much at all during last weekend's minicamp. Perhaps Oakland will try to deal him for a late-round pick.

San Diego

A look at Malcom Floyd's situation.

My take: Floyd, a restricted free agent, should join the team. The reserve receiver is being paid well. Really, he has no other choice but to join the team. He is not the first restricted free agent and he isn't being treated unfairly.