Hansen Hype: Must-Read AFC West Links, August 7 Edition

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystAugust 7, 2012

Jarret Johnson is tough and reliable and should prove to be one of the best free agent acquisitions by the Chargers.
Jarret Johnson is tough and reliable and should prove to be one of the best free agent acquisitions by the Chargers.Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Seven days into August, and it's hot. It's hot outside, training camp competitions are hot and the daily links are scorching. 

Find a chair, a hoagie roll and some mustard and enjoy these hand-crafted hot links before they get cold.



The Broncos released their first depth chart, but it became obsolete only hours later when the Broncos added veteran linebacker Keith Brooking. As Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes, depth charts are meaningless. 

Peyton Manning is helping the Broncos recruit free agents according to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post. It's a curious attraction considering Keith Brooking and Jim Leonhard probably have little to no interest from other teams.

Per Jeff Legwold's practice report from Monday, I'd say Manning is already exceeding expectations. Manning drove on the No. 1 defense and capped it with a touchdown throw against Champ Bailey.

Keith Brooking has his sights set on winning a Super Bowl but realizes there is a lot of work to do to get there according to the Broncos' official website. 


Kansas City

The Arizona Cardinals are in St. Joseph for a scrimmage with the Chiefs today. I've also loved this scrimmages because the players get excited and the coaches get a new look at their players. 

Tony Moeaki is having a solid camp after blowing out his ACL last year. Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star has the camp report from Monday.

With the Chiefs bringing Dontari Poe along slowly, Anthony Toribio might be the starter at the nose tackle position, writes Teicher for the Kansas City Star.



Columnist Monte Poole of the Contra Costa Times writes about the importance of left tackle Jared Veldheer in Oakland this season.

The Raiders also released its first depth chart. Nothing all that surprising. 

Don't forget to take a look at my training camp report from yesterday with exclusive quotes from Shawntae Spencer and Desmond Bryant. 


San Diego

The Chargers welcome the first female referee according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union Tribune. With the regular referees locked out, the NFL is going forward with the plan to use replacements. It just so happens one of the replacements is female. It's actually disappointing this hasn't happened earlier. 

Antoine Cason appears to have solidified himself as the starter at cornerback after being benched last season, according to Scott Bair of the North County Times.

Jarret Johnson isn't flashy, but he's reliable according to Bair. He'll also prove to be one of the best free-agent acquisitions for the Chargers.