Hansen Hype: Must-Read AFC West Links, August 16 Edition

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystAugust 16, 2012

May 30, 2012; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams (55) during organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Training camps are winding down and we are inching closer and closer to the second week of preseason games. Soon, the players and coaches will go back to team headquarters to have normal practices behind closed doors. Soon, teams will really be able to get ready for the upcoming season, because they will be away from the critical eye of the media and the crowds of fans that show up early in hopes of getting a few autographs. 

Aside from preseason games, this is our final opportunity to gauge the talent and chemistry of the teams. Don't take these daily links for granted.



D.J. Williams was found guilt of DWAI, according to the Denver Post. He'll likely face further suspension from the league because this is his second alcohol-related arrest. That's in addition to his six-game suspension for providing a non-human urine sample for a test of performance-enhancing drugs. At this point, it would be surprising if Williams played for the Broncos again. 

In addition to the loss of offensive guard Chris Kuper, the Broncos will be without defensive end Jason Hunter for the season, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Hunter tore his triceps and will be replaced by rookie Derek Wolfe or Robert Ayers. It's a good thing the Broncos have plenty of depth at defensive end. 

The Broncos are teaching an old dog new tricks. Peyton Manning running an offense with two backs is a new twist, according to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post

On Wednesday, Seattle Mariners' star pitcher Felix Hernandez pitched a perfect game. Doug Farrar from the shutdown corner went searching for the NFL equivalent and found that Peyton Manning has three games with a perfect passer rating. 


Kansas City

According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs are expecting to have an improved pass rush. Justin Houston will be the key.

The heel of star cornerback Brandon Flowers is healing slowly, and Stanford Routt played with the No. 2 defense, according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. It's not a good sign for the Chiefs that the starting cornerbacks this far into camp are Jalil Brown and Jacques Reeves. 



The Raiders announced that they have signed linebacker Korey Bosworth, the nephew of Brian "The Boz" Bosworth, who was famously trucked by Raiders running back Bo Jackson. Korey has spent the last few training camps with the Detroit Lions.

Reggie McKenzie thinks linebacker Philip Wheeler can be a playmaker like Darren McFadden (via Vic Tafur, the San Francisco Chronicle). 


San Diego

Jared Gaither's ailing back is slowly getting better, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Gaither's absence has opened the door for undrafted rookie tackle Mike Harris, according to Jay Paris of the North County Times.