AFC West teams are still chasing Chargers

A look at the key offseason moves in the chase to dethrone the four-time AFC West champion San Diego Chargers:

Best offseason pickup: Thomas Jones, RB, Kansas City Chiefs. K.C. got a power back to complement speedy Jamaal Charles.

Larry English was selected by the Chargers 16th overall in the 2009 NFL draft.
Larry English was selected by the Chargers 16th overall in the 2009 NFL draft.

Star watch, offense: Zach Miller, TE, Oakland Raiders. Oakland has promise at wide receiver, but Miller remains the most reliable target.

Star watch, defense:
Larry English, OLB, Chargers. He could be their next prolific edge rusher.

Best coordinator hires: Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, Chiefs. They will have a major impact on Matt Cassel and a young defense.

Contract concerns:
Champ Bailey, CB, and Elvis Dumervil, OLB, Denver Broncos. Their top two defensive players want to be paid their worth.

Impact rookie: Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers. He will carry the load right away and deliver as a red-zone force.

Camp competition:
Broncos quarterback. The spotlight will be on big names Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn, but Kyle Orton’s knowledge of the offense gives him the edge.

For details on AFC West teams, click on the following:

Broncos: McDaniels’ style needs to catch on | Fantasy: Expect more from run game
Chiefs: On track for improvement | Fantasy: Can you trust Jamaal Charles?
Raiders: Their mountain gets steeper | Fantasy: Bush, McFadden to split time
Chargers: It’s Super Bowl or bust | Fantasy: RB Ryan Mathews overrated? 

Vinnie Iyer is a writer for Sporting News. E-mail him at viyer@sportingnews.com.

A look at the key offseason moves in the chase to dethrone the four-time AFC West champion San Diego Chargers:

Best offseason pickup: Thomas Jones, RB, Kansas City Chiefs. K.C. got a power back to complement speedy Jamaal Charles.

Larry English was selected by the Chargers 16th overall in the 2009 NFL draft.
Larry English was selected by the Chargers 16th overall in the 2009 NFL draft.

Star watch, offense: Zach Miller, TE, Oakland Raiders. Oakland has promise at wide receiver, but Miller remains the most reliable target.

Star watch, defense:
Larry English, OLB, Chargers. He could be their next prolific edge rusher.

Best coordinator hires: Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, Chiefs. They will have a major impact on Matt Cassel and a young defense.

Contract concerns:
Champ Bailey, CB, and Elvis Dumervil, OLB, Denver Broncos. Their top two defensive players want to be paid their worth.

Impact rookie: Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers. He will carry the load right away and deliver as a red-zone force.

Camp competition:
Broncos quarterback. The spotlight will be on big names Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn, but Kyle Orton’s knowledge of the offense gives him the edge.

For details on AFC West teams, click on the following:

Broncos: McDaniels’ style needs to catch on | Fantasy: Expect more from run game
Chiefs: On track for improvement | Fantasy: Can you trust Jamaal Charles?
Raiders: Their mountain gets steeper | Fantasy: Bush, McFadden to split time
Chargers: It’s Super Bowl or bust | Fantasy: RB Ryan Mathews overrated? 

Vinnie Iyer is a writer for Sporting News. E-mail him at viyer@sportingnews.com.

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