AFC West: Steve Baylark

AFC West news and notes

December, 24, 2008
12/24/08
8:15
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

  • For those Chargers fans who are upset San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers didn't make the Pro Bowl, stay patient. His trip to Hawaii may be imminent. With Jets quarterback Brett Favre talking about his shoulder injury; it may just be a matter of time before Favre bows out of the Pro Bowl. Favre usually bails out of the Pro Bowl. Rivers is the first alternate and will go to the Pro Bowl if someone withdraws.
  • ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported this week that Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley could be on the Raiders' list of potential coaching candidates. Haley certainly fits the criteria. He is a young and offensive-minded coach. Other potential candidates could include Jim Fassel, Dennis Green, Kevin Gilbride and Jim Haslett.
  • The Raiders, who end their season at Tampa Bay, have lost five straight season finales. They are tied with Buffalo for the second longest streak. Dallas has lost eight straight season enders.
  • A San Diego linebacker got the Denver rivalry cooking by calling Denver quarterback Jay Cutler "a punk."
  • Here is what Cutler had to say today, via the Broncos' PR department, about his expected reception in San Diego on Sunday: "It probably won't be pleasant. I don't think it is going to be with the holiday spirit at all. I don't think they like me, which is fine. It adds to the game, the excitement and the rivalry with us. It is going to be a good one. I think these two teams probably dislike each other. I know our offense probably doesn't like their defense and probably vice-versa. I think it is becoming a good rivalry between us. We are both younger teams and they are playing really well right now. Philip (Rivers) is playing well, and it is going to be a good matchup."
  • Still, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who has a well-documented rivalry with Cutler, downplayed any issue with Cutler in a quote courtesy of the Chargers' PR department: "No, there really isn't. It got a lot of attention about a year ago actually, but there's really nothing there."
  • Also, courtesy of the Chargers' PR department, San Diego star running back LaDainian Tomlinson's thoughts on official Ed Hochuli and his role in Denver's controversial win over San Diego in Week 2: "I think he'd rather be part of it, refereeing in it. But no, I think Ed, I really believe that he's probably happy that this is a game that's going to mean something, that whatever happened at the beginning of the year, it doesn't mean anything now. I really believe that's the way he feels."
  • Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden didn't talk badly about his time in Oakland with Bay Area reporters Wednesday.
  • Denver signed running back Steve Baylark and receiver Matt Willis to the practice squad.
  • Kansas City coach Herman Edwards says the Chiefs will be competitive in 2009. The real question is will Edwards be in Kansas City to see the improvement?

AFC West news and notes

December, 17, 2008
12/17/08
8:21
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Because of injuries to receivers Ronald Curry and Ashley Lelie, tailback Darren McFadden could get more action Sunday against Houston.

With all due respect to Curry and Lelie, McFadden needs to get on the field. There are just two more games to this season and the No. 4 overall pick has been horribly underused. Oakland needs to see what it has in McFadden and this is a chance for him to get some more playing time.

The Broncos made some moves Wednesday. They signed safety Herana-Daze Jones a week after he was released. They put running back Cory Boyd on the practice squad. He was cut Monday. To make room for Boyd, running back Steve Baylark was released from the practice squad.

The Broncos and the Chargers will likely be facing their opponents' top quarterback in their crucial games Sunday. Trent Edwards is set to play in Denver for Buffalo. And it appears Jeff Garcia will be healthy enough to play for Tampa Bay when it hosts San Diego on Sunday.

The Chiefs appear like they will return to Missouri for training camp in 2010. The team has been training in River Falls, Wis., for nearly two decades. It is expected that next year will be the team's final summer in River Falls.

Putzier returns to Denver

December, 10, 2008
12/10/08
2:20
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Broncos brought back tight end Jeb Putzier on Wednesday. Putzier was a sixth-round draft choice of Denver's in 2002. He was cut after the 2005 season in a salary-cap move. Putzier had 96 catches in 17 starts for Denver.

He is known as a soft-handed receiver who will backup pass-catching tight end Tony Scheffler, who has battled injury issues the past two seasons. With Denver's running game strapped by injuries, the team will likely pass more and the team will need more receivers.

To make room for Putzier, Denver waived Herana-Daze Jones. The safety was signed last week.

Denver also signed running back Steve Baylark to the practice squad. The former University of Massachusetts standout was on Arizona's practice squad last season. He was cut by the Cardinals at the end of the preseason. Denver has a very thin running back crew and Baylark will be closely looked at during practices.

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