Print and Go Back ESPN.com: NFL Nation [Print without images]

Thursday, April 8, 2010
How I See It: AFC West Stock Watch

By Bill Williamson

NFC Stock Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Falling

Oakland’s chances for improved quarterback play in 2010: For the long run, I don’t think the trade of Donovan McNabb to Washington is devastating to Oakland’s program because of McNabb's age, cost and contract status. But in the short term, it does hurt a bit. McNabb would have made Oakland’s offense better in 2010. The Raiders have to figure out a way to get acceptable quarterback play this season whether it’s from an in-house source or a trade for a veteran, such as McNabb’s new backup Jason Campbell.

Rising

Darren Sproles, Chargers running back: Sproles signed his restricted free agency tender. He was given the high tender of first- and third-round picks. San Diego can still trade Sproles, but he is off the free-agent market. Sproles is participating in the Chargers’ offseason program and appears determined to help this team. He is a top change-of-pace running back who is also dangerous in the passing game. He's also one of the NFL’s premier return men and a key player. It will only help the team that he is on board and focused on the upcoming season.