Off Season moves impact on ex-Buckeyes in the AFC West

Off Season moves impact on ex-Buckeyes in the AFC West
Drew Carter

Off Season moves impact on ex-Buckeyes in the AFC West

By Bill Smith

Denver

Peterson, Kenny DE 6y

            Peterson faces a very much up hill battle just to get a roster spot.  Last year he was on the regular roster and participated in the last 7 games.  The Bronco DL has been a disaster for several years.  If you need proof, just look at the former Browns that they brought in and then cut.  Peterson is not currently listed on the 3 deep depth chart.  To win a spot, he will have to beat out second year DE Tim Crowder who started one game last year, or Paul Carrington, the third year player from Central Florida.         

Kansas City-No former Buckeyes.  Is that why they struggle?

Oakland

Carter, Drew WR 5y

            Carter signed a 1 year 2 million dollar contract.  He has looked very good but there is a lot of pressure on him because of the competition at the position.  One of last year's starters, Jerry Porter is gone.  Porter signed a big deal with Jacksonville.  Despite his 10 seasons of experience, Tim Dwight is not going to be much of a threat.  Johnnie Lee Higgins did start 2 games last year but only registered 6 catches. 

            As I reported on Tuesday, Raider head coach Lane Kiffin has been most impressed with exBuckeye WR Drew Carter so far this year.  Carter was signed to a 1 year contract by the Raiders as a UFA.  Most observers say that Carter has been the most consistent and impressive WR in camp.  Kiffin had this to say about Carter's performance.  "I don't mention him sometimes because I expect him to do what he's doing, but he's doing it every day, and I love the work ethic that he brings," Kiffin said. "He's just one of those guys that's going to do everything he can to get out on that field and he's never going to complain about anything. He's going to play as hard as he can. He's going to block as hard as he can. He's going to go after every ball like it's a game. He ends up on the ground 10 times a day because he's practicing like it's a game."

            The Raiders have worked hard to provide help to first year starter JaMarcus Russell.  While the position is full of competitors including former Bronco Javon Walker and two draft choices Arman Shields from Richmond and Chaz Schilens a speedster from San Diego State.  Carter has a real shot to be a starter.

Richardson, Jay DE 2y

            Another former Buckeye that has caught Kiffin's eye this spring is DL Jay Richardson.  Richardson has been focusing his work on improving his pass rush during the team's mandatory minicamp.  While he contributed last year and became a starter,  Richardson struggled putting pressure on the passer.  Kiffin said "I think Jay's developing a pass rush. That's what he lacked last year.  He played the run very well for us and has continued to improve on that. The pass rushing and the third-down part of it, we didn't leave him out very much because of that last year. We're giving him a shot to take that. Again, we're not going to rotate just to rotate. If we can find a guy that does both, we'll leave that guy in there the whole time. Jay knows that's where he needs to improve to play more."

            It important that Richardson play well in practice and in the preseason.  The Raiders picked up Trevor Scott a draft choice from Buffalo and veteran  DE Greg Spires who started 8 games last year for Tampa but had only 2 sacks.  The Raiders did lose 2 D-lineman as UFA's Tyler Brayton and Chris Clemons. 

San Diego

Wilhelm, Matt ILB 6y

            Wilhelm started 14 games in the regular season last year and 2 of the 3 playoff games.  He is expected to be the starter in 2008.  There were no moves by the Chargers that will have any effect on him.

Shane Olivea OT

            Olivea had been a starter since he was drafted by the Chargers back in 2004.  He was benched after the 10th game and was released after the season.  He has yet to sign with a new team.
 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com.  He has also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com

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