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AFC West gets some love with NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013

NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013 has been released and the AFC West is getting some love with 10 players. 5 Kansas City Chiefs, 4 Denver Broncos and 1 San Diego Charger have been selected by fellow NFL players to the list. Comment below and tell us what you think of the list.

#2 Peyton Manning

manning#18 QB – 6′ 5″ – 230 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 24, 1976 in New Orleans, LA (Age: 37)
Drafted 1998: 1st Rnd, 1st by IND
Experience: 16 years
College: Tennessee

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#9 Von Miller

Von+Miller+Kansas+City+Chiefs+v+Denver+Broncos+IJCg_SyaZrIx#58 LB – 6′ 3″ – 250 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 26, 1989 in Dallas, TX (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 1st Rnd, 2nd by DEN
Experience: 3 years
College: Texas A&M

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#20 Jamaal Charles

Jamaal-Charles-stiff-arming-USP#25 RB – 5′ 11″ – 199 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Dec 27, 1986 in Port Arthur, TX (Age: 26)
Drafted 2008: 3rd Rnd, 73rd by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Texas

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#49 Justin Houston

Baltimore Ravens v Kansas City Chiefs#50 LB –  6′ 3″ – 258 lbs –  Kansas City Chiefs

Born: Jan 12, 1989 in Chico, CA (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 3rd Rnd, 70th by KC
Experience: 3 years
College: Georgia

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#53 Champ Bailey

champ bailey#24 CB – 6′ 0″ – 192 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Jun 22, 1978 in Folkston, GA (Age: 34)
Drafted 1999: 1st Rnd, 7th by WSH
Experience: 15 years
College: Georgia

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#59 Derrick Johnson

derrick johnson#56 LB – 6′ 3″ – 242 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Nov 22, 1982 in Waco, TX (Age: 30)
Drafted 2005: 1st Rnd, 15th by KC
Experience: 9 years
College: Texas

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#65 Dwayne Bowe

kansas-city-chiefs-dwayne-bowe1#82 WR – 6′ 2″ – 221 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Sep 21, 1984 in Miami, FL (Age: 28)
Drafted 2007: 1st Rnd, 23rd by KC
Experience: 7 years
College: LSU

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#68 Demaryius Thomas

BroncosChiefsJA3_8396#88 WR – 6′ 3″ – 229 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Dec 25, 1987 in Montrose, GA (Age: 25)
Drafted 2010: 1st Rnd, 22nd by DEN
Experience: 4 years
College: Georgia Tech

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#73 Antonio Gates

tumblr_kwb7b9TCvj1qzms5to1_400#85 TE – 6′ 4″ – 255 lbs – San Diego Chargers
Born: Jun 18, 1980 in Detroit, MI (Age: 32)
Experience: 11 years
College: Kent State

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#75 Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers#24 CB – 5′ 9″ – 187 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Feb 18, 1986 in Delray Beach, FL (Age: 27)
Drafted 2008: 2nd Rnd, 35th by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Virginia Tech

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Broncos Receiver Caldwell takes offense after not being invited to Duke practice

Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell went public to express his feeling on not being able to practice at Duke with teammates Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker as well as Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

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to practice receiving routes. Caldwell went on Instagram and posted a picture of a burning sheet of paper that read:

 

“No invite to Duke to run routes and catch passes. Damn right I took it personal”.

 

 

The response from followers were very different. Some said that he had every right to be offended while some said to step up his game.

 

Caldwell was drafted in the 3rd round by the Cincinatti Bengals (97th overall pick). In his first season with the Broncos he racked in 1 reception for 18 yards in only 8 games played. Caldwell’s production value was minimal for Denver last season and with Welker being added in the mix of Denver’s receiver set expect Caldwell to receive even less production. His minimal production is most likely why he didn’t get the call to go practice at Duke.

 

The Broncos organization, nor the players involved (Manning,Welker,Thomas and Decker) have yet to make a statement.

 

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Broncos: Peyton Manning Pulls Prank on Decker

Peyton is pulling off his practical jokes again.

Peyton is pulling off his practical jokes again.

Peyton Manning is doing a training session with wide receivers Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas at Duke University. On the field Peyton is all business but off is another story. According to Eric Decker, Peyton sent him a fake $3,217.50 bill for using the Duke training facility. Seems like the pranks have began in Broncos locker room…

 

 

On Wednesday Eric Decker Tweeted:

 

Eric Decker Tweeted this joke from Peyton Manning on Wednesday

Eric Decker Tweeted this joke from Peyton Manning on Wednesday

@EricDecker87  Nice little practical joke Peyton drew up…making me think I have to pay for workouts in Duke t/week @mortreport pic.twitter.com/UbR2Vsq49J

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Can KC Compete With Denver?

Can the new KC defense compete with Manning and the Broncos?

Can the new KC defense compete with Manning and the Broncos?

If you have been listening to the news around the NFL you may think this is a very silly question. The Kansas City Chiefs can’t possibly compete with the Denver Broncos! I have read that KC will have to wait till Peyton Manning retires before they will have a shot at the number 1 spot in the AFC West. You maybe right although you maybe wrong.

The Chiefs have put together quite a team this offseason. Denver added Wes Welker but KC turned right around and said “We’ll see your Wes Welker and raise you a Sean Smith and a Dunta Robinson.” What do the signings of Smith and Robinson mean to Manning? It’s not going to be that easy anymore.

Brandon Flowers has been the only shut down corner for the Chiefs since Carr left for Dallas

Brandon Flowers has been the only shut down corner for the Chiefs since Carr left for Dallas

Last year Manning was able to exploit the KC secondary due to only having Brandon Flowers on one side but really no one to cover the other side of the field. This caused Safety Eric Berry to play deep and cover almost the entire backfield to prevent the “Big Play”.  The slot receiver was almost always open due to not having a good covering Free Safety.

The addition of Smith will help Flowers and KC's secondary

The addition of Smith will help Flowers and KC’s secondary

This year Manning will have to look at two very good covering Corners on both sides of the field in Flowers and Smith. He will also have to work against a good covering Free Safety in Dunta Robinson. This combination will take away his outside routs as well as his over the middle routs. Eric Berry will have the ability to roam all over the field. Manning will have to account for that when he throws the ball hap haphazardly down field.

Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will be the most dangerous pass rushing duo's in the NFL

Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will be the most dangerous pass rushing duo’s in the NFL

Why will Manning throw the ball haphazardly down field you ask? Because he has one of the best pass rushing attacks in the NFL coming after him on every play. New Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton has already said he is going to install a more aggressive 3-4 defense in KC, which means that Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will be sniffing down Manning’s throat on every play. This aggressiveness will significantly cut down the time that Peyton has to throw the ball. Let’s be honest if you give a good QB all day to throw the ball he can pick your secondary apart no matter how good it is.

Devito will be a valuable addition to KC's D-Line

Devito will be a valuable addition to KC’s D-Line

Let us also not forget that the Chiefs beefed up their defensive line this year as well. Returning to the line up will be the big NT Dontari Poe and Tyson Jackson. Poe will be entering his second year and has knocked the cobwebs off his game. Look for Poe to be the anchor to collapsing pockets and stuffing the runs up the middle. The Chiefs added through free agency big DE Mike DeVito which will supply that little extra push up front. Bronco offensive lineman will be to busy with this front to be able to get to the second level on run plays and being overpowered by them on pass plays to be able to block Hali, Houston, and don’t forget about Derrick Johnson.

The way it is looking there are not too many holes in KC’s defense. I really only see one that I am a little concerned about, who will be that other inside linebacker playing next to Derrick Johnson? Look for this to be answered in the 2013 Draft or maybe a late pickup in Free Agency.

So can KC compete against Manning? I think they have a really good shot, but we will only know when they finally meet on the field. I like their chances as it stands right now.

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Your AFC West Teams Odds In Vegas

Monday March 18th by KC58

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A fresh week opens up this Monday and the AFC West teams look much different then they did just one week earlier. The AFC West has been a flurry of activity for the past few days picking up some of the bigger names in the NFL. Denver, Kansas City, and San Diego, have all improved their teams and could potentially be considered one of the most competitive Divisions in the NFL this year. Oakland, not so much. They had a rough go at it and unfortunately had to trim the fat from an already bad team.  How did your team come out of Free Agency in the eyes of Vegas?

111228_huddle_insideDenver Broncos

Odds Last Week: 7/1

Odds Now: 6/1

2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $123.7 million

Cap Space: -$700,000

Last week was a big week for the Denver Broncos picking up some of the best names in Free Agency. Denver nabbed one of the better pass catching WR in FA in Wes Welker, which is in my opinion going to be one of the better QB – WR duos in the NFL. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will help them on the outside opposite Champ Bailey and they helped their D-Line with Tackles Terrance Knighton and Kevin Vickerson. Unfortunately the team could not land one of their best pass rushing DE’s Elvis Dumervil in a situation affectionately known as “Faxgate”. The team also added some help on the offensive line with Guard Louis Vasquez which will give Payton Manning that little bit of extra time to find that open receiver. Like he needs it, he will always have that option in the middle with Welker. My Free Agency Grade for Denver is an A, comment below to give your grade. 

chargers teamSan Diego Chargers

Odds Last Week: 50/1

Odds This Week: 50/1

2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $119.1 million

Cap Space: +$3.9 million

It was kind of a mediocre Free Agency for San Diego, although they did in my opinion improve their team. They maintained some of their Free Agents plus added a couple of big names. Like Cornerback Derek Cox which will improve their secondary and Running Back Danny Woodhead which is someone opposing teams will have to game plan for. With 3.9 million left in the salary cap the Chargers may not be done in Free Agency. Don’t sell San Diego short this year, they will be a good team and will be a challenge for any team they face. My Free Agency Grade for San Diego is a C, comment below to give your grade.

chiefs teamKansas City Chiefs

Odds Last Week: 50/1

Odds This Week: 60/1

2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $124.6 million

Cap Space: -$1.6 million

Now this was a big surprise to me when I first saw it. The Chiefs have been signing big name after big name in Free Agency, and in my opinion are probably the greatest improved team through Free Agency so far. Then I started to think, their are a lot of unknowns for the Chiefs. Just think how many “New” things the Chiefs have this year. New GM John Dorsey, New Head Coach Andy Read, New Offensive Cord. Doug Pederson, New Defensive Cord. Bob Sutton , New QB Alex Smith, plus an unproven WR in Johnathan Baldwin. A lot of these questions will have to be answered before they  get any love in Vegas. Plus I think with Denver being in the same division they have a huge hill to climb to knock them off the top of the AFC West.

That being said, the Chiefs have greatly improved their team with some big signings this FA period. QB Alex Smith will improve their QB play. With Smith the Chiefs maybe able to start using all their offensive weapons they have, including newly acquired WR Donnie Avery, and Tight End Anthony Fasano. Last year the Chiefs offense was stagnate due to poor QB play and Coaching. We will see how Ried and Smith take this impressive offense “on paper” to the next level. The Defense also improved, last year they lacked a reliable Free Safety and Cornerback opposite Brandon Flowers. They added Cornerbacks Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson, (which will probably play Free Safety). They lost DE Glenn Dorsey but added a better DE with the signing of Mike DeVito. The Chiefs very well could end up being one of the better Defenses in the NFL. My Free Agency Grade for Kansas City is an A+, comment below to give your grade.

raiders teamOakland  Raiders

Odds Last Week: 150/1

Odds This Week: 200/1

2013 Salary-Cap Hit: $106.2 million

Cap Space: +$15.8 million

Now with the Oakland Raiders. Well Raiders fans not the talk of the town but you are trimming the fat needed to start competing in this league again. I know it may be hard to watch but the Raiders are making the necessary moves. I know the fans love the old owner Al Davis but everyone has to admit he was making some crazy personnel moves towards the end, now the new organization has to deal with it. The Head Coach Dennis Allen is making the right moves to make Oakland competitive in the next 3-4 years, for now they will have to deal with being the black sheep of the AFC West.

Free Agency has been a complete failure for Oakland but like I said up top, it had to be. The Raiders had to trim some Cap room and let people walk. They did not go after any notable Free Agents in the first week but they maintained some for the future. With 15.8 million in cap room they can go after some FA’s late and try to get some value. Remember Oakland is rebuilding, and that’s no secret, so no player that has a chance to sign with a competitive team is going to sign with Oakland. Well unless it is for a long contract and they can be with them when they start winning. In other words they have to be in it for the long haul. My Free Agency Grade for Oakland is a D+, comment below to give your grade. The reason for the high grade is because I believe Oakland is making the right moves. If I did not believe that, I would have given them an F-.

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Chiefs May Field One of the Best D’s in the NFL

March 15th by KC58
Chiefs may field one of the best defensive secondary’s in the NFL. images787878 Pair that up with 3 Pro Bowl linebackers and a big physical D line and you have to say they might be one of the best Defenses in the NFL.The Chiefs had a problem last year. That secondary was significantly weaker once Carr left in 2011. KC was able to handle 2 wide rec. sets but had problems when they had to face 3 or more rec. sets. Big question was who were they going to plug into that number 2 spot opposite Flowers? A couple of days ago KC picked up Dunta Robinson, but he was getting slower and experts were saying he could not keep up on the outside anymore. Most people, me included, were saying that Robinson was more likely going to play that FS spot next to Berry. Seems we may have been right.
My first choice for this number 2 CB spot was
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie because I thought Sean Smith would be too expensive. Then Denver stepped in and signed Cromartie which go…t me a little worried. I really did not see to many good values out there in Free Agency that we could afford. It seemed that Denver may have stole our only hope.
Never fear GM John Dorsey is here… Dorsey swept up Sean Smith to fill that very BIG need for cheap, and got Smith in his prime at 26 years old. This is huge news Chiefs fans! We now have two very good press CB’s that will free up hi-res-132687636_crop_exactBerry and Robinson to move all over the field. We can also now cover 3 or more rec. sets with ease. This had to be addressed due to being in the same division as the Broncos Payton Manning, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker. If we can make Payton hold onto the ball for just a bit longer it will create opportunity for our pass rush to get to him. Look for Tamba and Houston to have yet another big year. Johnson should have a big year as well because I think teams will try to run the ball against the Chiefs more.
The only position up in the air right now is that other ILB’ing spot. Will KC fill it in FA, or will they wait to address it in the Draft? I don’t really know the answer to that. My pick is to go after a former Chief that is a big hitter and will bring a little attitude back into this Chiefs D! Bernard Pollard is an aging Safety but I think he can make a move to LB. Pollard is known for sticking his nose into plays and destroying RB’s, WR’s, and TE’s. So why not put him into a spot were he can do what he loves every single snap. Pollard next to Johnson will also give the Chiefs the ability to pull Pollard off to cover the middle of the field. Something the Chiefs have lacked for quite some time. This would be a very risky move but one I think could work very well. I think KC is well on it’s way to being considered the best D in the NFL next year. Now its time for them to Put up or Shut up… -KC58

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