AFC West: Terrance Cooper
The following is a look at the AFC West players who are currently in the top five of the fan vote:
Third place: Philip Rivers, San Diego
Second place: Mike Tolbert, San Diego
First place: Antonio Gates, San Diego
Fourth place: Richard Seymour, Oakland
Fourth place: Shaun Phillips, San Diego
First place: Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland
Fourth place: Champ Bailey, Denver
Third place: Eric Berry, Kansas City
Fifth place: Tyvon Branch, Oakland
Fourth place: Brian Dawkins, Denver
First place: Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland
First place: Shane Lechler, Oakland
Fifth place: Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City
Fourth place: Jacoby Ford, Oakland
Fifth place: Darren Sproles, San Diego
Fifth place: Terrance Copper, Kansas City
McFadden was named the AFC offensive player of the week for his role in Oakland’s 59-14 win at Denver. It was a single-game scoring record for the history-rich Raiders. McFadden surely did his part.
He had 165 yards rushing on 16 carries and he scored four touchdowns in the rout. I couldn’t agree more with the AFC’s decision. McFadden was our AFC West High Energy player of the week for his dominant showing in Denver.
- Meanwhile, an ESPN Stats and Information blog looks at the statistical impact of the Oakland third-year running back is making this season.
- Kansas City receiver Chris Chambers is confused why he has been a healthy scratch the past couple of games. Chambers was a sparkplug when he was claimed off waivers from San Diego last season. But he was ineffective as a starter early this season and he has been replaced by Terrance Copper.
- Because Denver is flying after practice Thursday to London to play San Francisco on Sunday, the Broncos are working on a Monday Night Football schedule. Denver practiced Tuesday. Safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Andre Goodman returned to practice. Both players missed the past two games.
- The Chargers may be headed for their third local television blackout in four home games. The team announced Tuesday that they have a whopping 9,000 tickets to sell by Thursday’s blackout deadline. The only game to sell out this season was Sunday against New England. The Chargers’ 2-5 record probably is not helping ticket sales this week.
- Denver cut linebacker Diyral Briggs and released tight end Riar Greer off the practice squad.
Potential unrestricted free agents: P Mitch Berger, S Vernon Fox, T Brandon Gorin, Nick Greisen, G Ben Hamilton, G Russ Hochstein, DE Vonnie Holliday, CB Ty Law, WR Brandon Lloyd
Potential restricted free agents: LB Elvis Dumervil, OL Chris Kuper, WR Brandon Marshall, QB Kyle Orton, TE Tony Scheffler, DT Le Kevin Smith
Franchise player: None.
What to expect: The Broncos’ restricted class is talented. That will be the focus. It has been reported that Marshall, Orton, Dumervil, Scheffler and Kuper will all get one-year tenders. Marshall very well could be traded. It wouldn’t be a shock if Dumervil gets some action on the restricted market. Miami could be interested.
Potential unrestricted free agents: OL Andy Alleman, S Mike Brown, WR Chris Chambers, WR Terrance Copper, TE Sean Ryan, C Wade Smith, LB Mike Vrabel, WR Bobby Wade
Potential restricted free agents: RB Jackie Battle, QB Brodie Croyle, LB Derrick Johnson, LB Corey Mays, OL Ikechuku Ndukwe, OL Rudy Niswanger, OL Ryan O'Callaghan, S Jarrad Page
Franchise player: None.
What to expect: The Chiefs are interested in keeping some of their unrestricted free agents. General manager Scott Pioli said at the combine the team has been in contact with several of their free agents. Chambers is the focus. The team is trying to keep him. Brown and Vrabel could also return with new deals.
Potential unrestricted free agents: S Hiram Eugene, G Cornell Green, T Langston Walker, LB Sam Williams
Potential restricted free agents: LB Jon Alston, OL Khalif Barnes, LB Ricky Brown, LB Jon Condo, QB Charlie Frye, QB Bruce Gradkowski, LB Thomas Howard, RB Luke Lawton, OL Chris Morris, LB Kirk Morrison, CB Stanford Routt, RB Gary Russell
Franchise player: DE Richard Seymour.
What to expect: The Raiders franchised Seymour and signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a record deal, so they’ve already been busy. It will be interesting to see how they tender Howard and Morrison. The Raiders could use some new life at linebacker and this could be the start of it.
Potential unrestricted free agents: DT Alfonso Boone, TE Brandon Manumaleuna, C Dennis Norman, WR Kassim Osgood. T Jon Runyan, DT Ian Scott, TE Kris Wilson
Potential restricted free agents: OL Jeromey Clary, LB Tim Dobbins, WR Malcom Floyd, DT Antonio Garay, OL Eric Ghiaciuc, LB Marques Harris, WR Vincent Jackson, DT Travis Johnson, OL Marcus McNeill, LB Shawne Merriman, RB Darren Sproles, QB Charlie Whitehurst
Franchise player: None
What to expect: The Chargers have their hands full. It’s been reported they will give high tenders to Jackson, Merriman, McNeill and Floyd. Jackson and McNeill could still attract some interest on the restricted market. Sproles is not expected to be tendered, making him a free agent. The Chargers want him back. But if Sproles hits the open market, the multifaceted weapon could be scooped up quickly.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
There were two important depth chart moves in the AFC West Monday.
The most startling news is the development in the Chiefs camp. The Kansas City Star said it appeared to be a demotion. The third-year player had looked like Kansas City's best receiving option. Bowe, a first-round pick in 2007, had 86 catches for 1,022 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He seemed like a nice option for new quarterback Matt Cassel.
Cooper is a journeyman who has never had a huge impact. Kansas City coach Todd Haley said Monday lineups can change every day. Bowe will likely get a chance to regain his spot. Still, this move was a clear message to Bowe, who has had trouble holding onto the ball.
The Chiefs probably want to see more urgency from Bowe in camp. For a player who caught 156 passes in his first two seasons, this has to be a wake-up call.
While Bowe is floundering in the Chiefs' camp, Moreno is making an impression in Denver. The fact that Moreno is running with the first team isn't a surprise. The Broncos envision him as a three-down back. Moreno was drafted with the No. 12 pick to make an impact as a rookie.