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August 30, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (2:00 PM)

Hey everyone, let's get rolling.

Jamie (BFE, Kansas)

How many NTs on KCs 53?

Bill Williamson
  (2:01 PM)

Well, they worked out Shaun Smith this week, so I think we could see them with four at some point. That's fien oan 3-4 defense.

Dan (Raider Nation, CT)

Hi Bill, thanks for the chat. If Carson Palmer starts the season poorly, what are the chances we see Matt Leinart starting by midseason?

Bill Williamson
  (2:03 PM)

He'd have to be pretty poor. I'd be surprised if that happeend., but I could see Oakland moving away from Palmer the season (which would be a disaster because of the big picks it gave up for him) if he struggles badly.

Dan (Raider Nation, CT)

Bill, the Raiders seem convinced that Matt Shaughnessy will be a difference-maker for a defensive line whose performance didn't match its talent level last season. If Shaughnessy is healthy and Lamarr Houston continues to get better, is Oakland's front 4 the best in the AFC West? Thanks!

Bill Williamson
  (2:05 PM)

I think it already is. The D-line, along with McFadden, are the shining stars of the Raiders.

Bill Williamson
  (2:05 PM)

I think it already is. The D-line, along with McFadden, are the shining stars of the Raiders.

Ben [via mobile]

Looking at the teams in the AFC West right now with KC being young and having depth, Manning and River starting to really look good and Oakland rebuilding and all having/improving on good running units is it a good argument to say the AFC West may be the division to beat in the next few years?

Bill Williamson
  (2:06 PM)

I think this division is rising and we will see multiple teams in the playoffs.

Mark (Toronto)

With the new rule change today, does it make more sense for the Raiders to put Curry on the IR instead of the PUP? Either way he can still come back after week 6, but if he's as slow to heal as it looks right now, he can also stay on the IR all year.

Bill Williamson
  (2:07 PM)

IR would give him more wiggle room for sure. I could see thta happening.

Kevin (Charleston South Carolina)

How impressed or unimpressed are you with the Chargers defense this preseason?

Bill Williamson
  (2:07 PM)

I think the pass-rush is going to be much better.

Vijay (Nashville)

What's your assessment of the Broncos' run defense after the preseason? How worried should fans be that opposing teams will succeed in keeping Peyton off the field by controlling the clock with the run?

Bill Williamson
  (2:08 PM)

It is the area the Broncos most has to work on, I believe.

Tony (Utah)

I know its pre-season but I was impressed with Denver being able to put up 17 points in one quarter against a very good SF defenses 1st unit. Do you thing that is a sign of things to come?

Bill Williamson
  (2:12 PM)

I think it showed Peyton Manning and his offense is ready to go fofr the regular season.

Nick (afghanistan)

What do you expect out of Poe in the preseason final at Green Bay

Bill Williamson
  (2:13 PM)

Continued progress. I want to see him continue to get better at his technique and pass-rush. I know some people are down on him, but the Chiefs are not among those people. They think he's coming alogn fine.

Jamarcus (On the couch)

Will Allen and McKenzie give Pryor a real shot at becoming the franchise QB

Bill Williamson
  (2:14 PM)

Not this year, but I think they have to be intrigued by Pryor.

DANNY (COLORADO SPRINGS)

With Gathier out for the opening game and maybe longer...do you see the boltz trading or picking up a LT that has been cut by another team?

Bill Williamson
  (2:14 PM)

If Gaither is going to miss, even a game, I think the Chargers must look into takcles for sure.

Craig (Colorado )

Do you think T Jones will earn carries in Oakland or just back up D McFadden

Bill Williamson
  (2:16 PM)

If you're the backup, yopu've earned carries. They will be a role for him. Still, I'd like to see a bigger, more experienced back brought to Oakland,

Matt (KCMO)

Hey Bill, Whats going on with the Chiefs defense? We looked so good against Arizona(not that impressive i guess...), but have sturggled as of late...

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

It's the preseason. Lots of injuries. Don't fret yet. However, with a strong offense in Atlanta coming into Arrowhead in Week 1 and the Chiefs dealing with injuries in the secondary and playing without a suspended Tamba Hali, it may be tough.

John (Las Vegas)

Bill, Marcel Reece has been very quiet this preseason. Do you think the Raiders have a package(s) in place to maximize his versatility and potential to play several positions?

Bill Williamson
  (2:23 PM)

Reece is fine. Expect him to line up in several areas and bring a strong dimension to Oakland's offense.

JD (NJ)

Bill, how do you think Elam will fill in for Lewis, seems like there won't be alot of dropoff.

Bill Williamson
  (2:25 PM)

Kendrick Lewis is an underrated player. Elam is a pro, but not as good as Lewis. But there have been hints that Lewis may not be out too long, so Elma should be fine.

Hobo (In line at the soup kitchen)

Which QBs will be on Den's roster to start the season?

Bill Williamson
  (2:25 PM)

Manning and Osweiler are locks. I think Hanie goes in as the No. 2, but that could be a fluid situaiton.Get back in line.

Cody (SD)

I am seeing a lot of people saying the raiders offense will be really good this year I dont see it what do you think.

Bill Williamson
  (2:26 PM)

It has a lot of potential. I wouldn't be too worried,

Branden (London)

What are the odds we trade Knowshon Moreno to the Lions? What would we get in return?

Bill Williamson
  (2:27 PM)

I've seen the speculation. it all depends if Denver thinks it has better backup options. if Moreno is dealt, don't expect a ton back for the former first-rounder.

Mike (Muncie, IN)

On defense, what is the Raiders biggest obstacle to overcome?

Bill Williamson
  (2:28 PM)

The back seven.

mike (temecula ca)

Can the chargers risk starting rookie Mike Williams at LT if Gaither is out for a while as seem to be the case..or does AJ Smith on the phones as we speak

Bill Williamson
  (2:29 PM)

I don't think Mike Harris can be the starter in Week 1, not against Oakalnd's D-line. He'd be eaten alive. The Chargers might have to do something.

Sugar Plums (NJ)

What do you think of DHB, will he be much of a factor?

Bill Williamson
  (2:32 PM)

I think he showed last season he can be a solid NFl starter.

Pat ((KS))

Do you think Jamall Charles will have a 1,000 yard year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:34 PM)

Easy, if he stays healthy. With the Chiefs not overworking Charles and the presence of Peyton Hillis, don't be surprised if his totals are not great, but his prorocution is great, if that makes.

Josh (Mile High City)

Do you see the Broncos targeting any specific position on the waiver wire tomorrow?

Bill Williamson
  (2:35 PM)

Maybe outside linebacker.

John (New Jersey)

Do you have any updates on the injuries to Flowers and Lewis in KC?

Bill Williamson
  (2:35 PM)

I think both players are on the mend and are coming along.

Daniel (Great Falls MT)

who will have better season Streater or Criner ?

Bill Williamson
  (2:37 PM)

If the preseason is any indication, Steater. But that can change,

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

How much credence do yo put into the 'connection' between Decker and PM? Or will Demaryius Thomas be the better player this year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:38 PM)

Much credence. Manning has shown over the years that he has success with certain receivers. I do expect Thomas to make great stirdes, but Decker will cathc a lot of balls, too.

Chip (NC)

Will the Raiders top 3 WRs (DHB, Moore and Ford) be ready for week 1? If not does that open up some PT for Streater?

Bill Williamson
  (2:40 PM)

At this point, it seems like alll three top guys will be ready. Streater will likely be No.4.

Daniel (Great Falls MT)

Thoughts on Raiders signing Roscoe Parish ?

Bill Williamson
  (2:41 PM)

He was a guy who couldmn't make it past the first cut. He's just a guy at this point.

Bill Williamson
  (2:42 PM)

At this point, it seems like alll three top guys will be ready. Streater will likely be No.4.

Daniel (Great Falls MT)

WIll Pryor get special package for season play ?

Bill Williamson
  (2:44 PM)

He has to, doesn't he. Let him go try to make a couple of plays late in the game against a tired defebse. I don't think Oakland can over do it with Pryor, but he can help. He'd be a nice weapon on two-point conversions.

ed (orlando)

Will myers be a top 15 te for Oakland? He seems to have better hands and field awareness then people give credit for.

Bill Williamson
  (2:44 PM)

Top 15? This year. No, i don't see it. There's a lot of quality tight ends in the NFL these days.

mike (san diego ca)

Hi Bill..now that the NFL today reached agreement with the players assoc. on allowing 1 player placed on IR to be able to be bought back after 8 games, is Vincent Brown a prime canidate now since that seems to be his target recovery date

Bill Williamson
  (2:46 PM)

Yes, I'd say he is a prime candidate, for sure.

Stephen (OK)

How hot is Norv's seat this year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:47 PM)

Don't-touch-it-because-your-hand-will-melt hot.

Craig (Colorado)

If Manning went down week one which back up qb do you think Denver would play ?

Bill Williamson
  (2:47 PM)

A trade. Hanie isn't the answer and Osweiler isn't ready.

Chuck (SLC)

Bill, what are your thoughts on the Broncos secondary position? Rahim Moore misread a play that led to a touchdown one series but the next came up in strong in the run. How is Quinton Carter doing back from his injury?

Bill Williamson
  (2:49 PM)

Moore is a work in progress. Carter is a good player, but he missed a lto of time with camp his injury. Both players are weak links oan strong secondary, but they both have potential.

Dan A. (Rochester, NY)

Would Cooley fit on the Raiders or is he done as a productive player?

Bill Williamson
  (2:50 PM)

I think it would be worth seeing if can produce again. Why not?

Tim (New Jersey)

Goodson is clearly struggling in the oaktown backfield. any chance of him getting released or will he get a chance for a full season to earn his stripes

Bill Williamson
  (2:52 PM)

Goodson is just a guy until proven otherwise, that is why I've been saying all offseason the Raiders need an experienced, big veteran to help back up McFadden.Perhaps Goodson will develop, but he is unproven.

Corey (D.C.)

What do you expect McCluster's role to be this season? Is he really their full-time slot WR?

Bill Williamson
  (2:55 PM)

I think McCluster's role is a work in progress. I think they will develop a lan for him as it goes because he cna help in many areas.

Drew (CA)

Could you see the Raiders picking up one of the RBs that the 49ers release? I can't imagine the 9ers keeping all of them and right now I would take Dixon and or Cartwright over Goodson or Miller

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

I think Oakland will look at every available RB. They can get better.

Mathieu (San Francisco )

Would you see Wes Welker being a good fit with the Broncos next year? Or would he be cost prohibitive?

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Yes and Yes. Remember, Dnever has to pay Ryan Clady.

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Yes and Yes. Remember, Dnever has to pay Ryan Clady.

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Yes and Yes. Remember, Dnever has to pay Ryan Clady.

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Yes and Yes. Remember, Dnever has to pay Ryan Clady.

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Yes and Yes. Remember, Dnever has to pay Ryan Clady.

Richar Seymour (Oakland Alameda)

Do you think Ryan Mathews will play come September 10th? I really would like to put a big hit on him (chompin at the bit)

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Yes and Yes. Remember, Dnever has to pay Ryan Clady.

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

I'd be surprised if he plays in that game.Chargers are to be banged up that first week.

Johnny (RI)

Ausberry seems to get better each game and he looks like he bulked up this offseason, do you think he has the wherewithall to be the necessary go to TE in the Knapp's WCO?

Bill Williamson
  (3:00 PM)

I'm sure Ausberry willg et a chnace to develop and make an impact. He has potential.

Pat ((KS))

Do you think Hillis will have a big impact in this offence?

Bill Williamson
  (3:00 PM)

Yes and Yes. Remember, Dnever has to pay Ryan Clady.

Bill Williamson
  (3:00 PM)

He;'ll be a key to that offense. The team is excited about him.

Bill Williamson
  (3:02 PM)

Great hour folks. Talk to you twice next week. We will have a chat marathon Tuesday. More details to come.BW.