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August 19, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (4:01 PM)

Anyone hear of any good fights, lately?Let's get rolling.

Jason (Mesa, AZ)

What do you see out of Ryan Mathews and D.McFadden this year?

Bill Williamson
  (4:02 PM)

I see McFadden building on a great 2010 seaason and I see Mathews needing to prove he can stay healthy and that he is ready to help his team.

Ed (San Diego)

What type of years do you see out of Vincent Jackson and Gates?

Bill Williamson
  (4:04 PM)

I think they are both in line to have mosnter years. The key for Gates is to stay healthy. He was brilliant before his foot betrayed him last season.

Alexander (Hayward)

Who do you expect to be the Raiders' starting receivers. Right now it seems to be Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Bill Williamson
  (4:05 PM)

For the opener? Yeah, but don';t count out Denarius Moore.

Josh (Jacksonville)

Bill, people are saying tebow is in a battle with Quinn for the no. 2 qb because Quinn played so well last week. Are they forgetting he was playing against the cowboys 3rd stringers?

Bill Williamson
  (4:06 PM)

They've been sharing duties with the second team in practice. let's see how the rest of the preseaosn falls out.

Alfred (Bat Cave)

I know the Chargers just brought back Cooper, is this an indication that they dont think Butler or Mouton are ready, or was his resigning an insurance thing? How do you see the MLB spot shaking out for SD? Thanks!

Bill Williamson
  (4:07 PM)

It's insurance. He came cheaply. I think Butler will get the chance to prove he can be the guy.

Hootie (SD)

Hi Bill,true or false?There will be 2 teams with double digit wins this year.

Bill Williamson
  (4:09 PM)

From the AFC West? Well, I think SD and KC have a chance, sure. Oakland could contend for 10 wins if it improves in key areas.

Carlos (Oakland)

Hey BW, would a move like T.O. to oakland make sense? He wouldnt be the number 1 and will take those over the middle throws.Thoughts?

Bill Williamson
  (4:11 PM)

I know Oakland has a lot of injuries at the spot, but none seem super serious at this point. I'd hold off om T.O. and see if the youngsters are ready to take the leap if I was Oakland.

Keith (New Jersey)

Let's say the Raiders take Terrelle Pryor on Monday. How long would he have to be developed and when in the future could you see him being in contention to be the starter?

Bill Williamson
  (4:11 PM)

Not soon. Two-three years.

Alexander (Hayward)

How as Jason Campbell looked in camp when you were there. Al Saunders has been talking him up recently.

Bill Williamson
  (4:12 PM)

The Raiders are happy with Campbell. he seems to be making strides. He works hard.

Sam (San Diego)

Gates, Jackson, and Floyd only player together for a total of 1 quarter all last season and Rivers still threw for 4700+ yards. Is there any chance he throws for 5000 this season?

Bill Williamson
  (4:12 PM)

If those guys stay ehalthy, sure, why not? He has some serious weapons.

Sam (San Diego)

If Sanders can stay healthy the whole season what kind of impact can he have to the chargers defense?

Bill Williamson
  (4:13 PM)

I think it can be large. His teammates love him. He looked great when I saw him.

Felipe (chico, ca)

do you think Taiwan Jones will make a contribution for Oakland this year?

Bill Williamson
  (4:16 PM)

If he can stay healthy. Maybe on third downs and in the return game.

Sam (San Diego)

Do you think that Takeo Spikes can have the same kind of impact he had last season with the 49ers despite being one year older and in a new system?

Bill Williamson
  (4:18 PM)

Well, he's playing under the same DC he was with the 49ers in Greg Manusky. I think Spikes still has some gas left in the tank and I think he is inspired to be on a good team.

Carlos (Oakland)

Any news on the Tatupu or Hayden to OAK front?

Bill Williamson
  (4:21 PM)

I think Oakland will see what happens in the preseason. They know these two guys are out here, so they just monitor the situaiton. Don't think either player is the missing link. They are both coming off injuries. If they were the missing link, they'd already have jobs.

Russell (Colorado Springs, CO)

As the Broncos had the league worst defense last year, and now defensive Head Coach John Fox coming in, how much more improved do you think the Broncos Defense will be this year?

Bill Williamson
  (4:24 PM)

I think it will make strides. It won't be great, but tI think Fox's unit will be more cometitive than last year. But the Broncos need good play at defensive tackle. The Ty Warren injury did not help matters.

Lencho (Denver)

Happy Friday Bill. Is it reasonable to think Ty Warren will play at all this year? Does the Denver Defense improve against the run without him?

Bill Williamson
  (4:26 PM)

Same to you, the Broncos are hopeful, but we won;t see him untoil November at the earliest. So they eed to make other plans.

Keith (New Jersey)

when are jacoby ford and chaz schilens expected to return from their respective injuries?

Bill Williamson
  (4:29 PM)

Hue Jackson said the other day that Schilens could be back soon. Ford lkely will be a couple more weeks. I wouldn't be shocked if we don't see Ford until the regular season opener at Denver.

Dembu (Originally Kenya)

how much fun is your job?

Bill Williamson
  (4:29 PM)

Huge grins.

Sam (San Diego)

Is there anyone challenging Scott Tolzien for that third quarterback position in San Diego or is he pretty much a lock to get the job?

Bill Williamson
  (4:30 PM)

Right now, he looks like the No. 3 guy.

dan (milwaukee)

BW: What do you hear of this DII stud for San Diego----Isaac Odim? Does he make roster, practice squad or cut loose?

Bill Williamson
  (4:33 PM)

Yeah, they like him. He has an outside chance to make the tema. Looks like he's, at elast, a practice squader at this point.

Keith (New Jersey)

is darren sharper to the raiders really a possibility?

Bill Williamson
  (4:36 PM)

I've heard the rumors. Nothing substaniel yet. But he's a heady vet, who could help. I could see why if the Raiders have interest. Jackson has said the Raiders will look at anyone who can help. Sharper can help.

phil (san eigo)

How did Cory Luiget look is he the real deal?

Bill Williamson
  (4:37 PM)

So far, so good. He's been really explosive. I think he can help this unit this year. He looks like a playmaker.

Shawn (bellingham,wa)

With the tougher schedules division wise this year, can you see 9-7 winning the division?

Bill Williamson
  (4:40 PM)

I think, at least, one AFC West team gets to 10 wins this season.

Marcus (tampa)

you think knowshon could have 1000+ yards and a double digit touchdown season this year?

Bill Williamson
  (4:42 PM)

It would be a big leap for him. I think Denver would be thrilled to see that type of production from him.

Tony (Kansas City)

How much of an impact will Baldwin's injury have on the Chiefs? Where did you see him on the depth chart?

Bill Williamson
  (4:44 PM)

Unless the injury is worse that it appears, it seems like he'll miss a couple of weeks and he will be ready for the regular season. However, he will miss the playing time. He needs all the reps he can get. So, it this situatuion push back Baldwin's production in his rookie season.

Dave (Denver)

I've heard that Denver's rookie TE Julius Thomas has looked great in camp, what are the chances he becomes a starter this season?

Bill Williamson
  (4:50 PM)

He played with the first team in Dallas and he looked good. He is making major strides considering he only played one year of footbll at Portland State. I think if he continues to make strides in the preseason, we could see him a lot in the preeseason.

Nate (Arkansas)

Is there any chance a rookie QB (say ryan mallett) has at getting traded after impressive preseason play? They would love him in Oakland!

Bill Williamson
  (4:53 PM)

I don't see him being traded just yet.

Marcus (Tampa)

do you think von miller has a legitament chance at winning defensive rookie of the year?

Bill Williamson
  (4:54 PM)

He's talented. He just needs to continue to adjust to playing in the 4-3.

Disinterested Gorilla (SD ZOO)

Do you think Rivers has a shot at the league MVP honors?

Bill Williamson
  (4:54 PM)

He's an elite player, so yes, I I think he'll be in the mix.

Bill (Nebraska)

How much work is Charles going to get? He could be uber productive if given the chance.

Bill Williamson
  (4:55 PM)

I think his production was pretty darned uber-ish last season.

Joe B. (Pensacola, FLA.)

Who takes the #2 QB spot in Oakland?

Bill Williamson
  (4:55 PM)

Right now, I'd give Trent Edwards a slight edge over Kyle Biller.

mark (virginia)

so Bill in your opinion do you think this is the last year for the San Diego Chargers or are they the L.A. Chargers next year ?

Bill Williamson
  (4:58 PM)

A key member of the Chargers said today that is not close to happening.

Robert (El Cajon)

How about that Brian Walters kid out of Cornell? Did you see him in the game against Seattle? Any chance for him?

Bill Williamson
  (4:59 PM)

If Walters returns another kick 103 yards, it sure would help his cause. He can move, there's no doubt about that.

Bob (Oakland)

Any word on how healthy J. Gaither actually is? If he is, Oakland whiffed badly, didn't they?

Bill Williamson
  (4:59 PM)

He said this week he is 100 percent. We'll see. If he is healthy, he'll be a big help in K.C.

Darryl Gamble (SD)

Do I make the Team?

Bill Williamson
  (5:01 PM)

Keep making plays and I like your chances.

Bill Williamson
  (5:01 PM)

Great hour folk, talk to you next Thursday.