AFC West: Slade Norris

Afternoon AFC West news and notes

November, 26, 2009
Here are some AFC West Thanksgiving Day notes to chew on before the main course is served in the form of Oakland and Denver games later Thursday:

The Raiders promoted rookie linebacker Slade Norris from the practice squad. The linebacker was a fourth-round pick. He replaces linebacker Jon Alston, who was put on the injured reserve.

The Chiefs are still looking for help at running back in the post -- Larry Johnson era. They looked at former Cincinnati starter Chris Perry on Wednesday.

Denver receiver Brandon Marshall is taking on a new role in his personal life.

San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman thinks tackle Jon Runyan is a dirty player. But now that Runyan is a Charger, Merriman is fine with it.

Raiders announce cuts

September, 5, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

The Raiders put their transactions Saturday on their website.

The names that stick out include Jeff Garcia, Terdell Sands, Justin Miller and rookie Slade Norris.

I will post an analysis on Oakland’s cuts soon.
Posted by's Bill Williamson

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Oakland rookies Louis Murphy and Slade Norris have reported to camp. That means only first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey remains unsigned for the Raiders. Oakland hits the field for the first time Thursday.

The Oakland Tribune has a transcript of an interview with quarterback Jeff Garcia upon his arrival for camp.

San Diego tackle Marcus McNeill hit the field as he tries to return from off-season surgery. McNeill should be ready for the season.

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.