AFC West Report: Camp Update 7/29/06

The Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs reported to camp on Thursday while the Oakland Raiders have already already been in camp almost a week. With all four AFC West teams in two-a-days, we break down some of the news and notes.

In Denver, Ashley Lelie is expected to hold out of training camp. Lelie will be fined $14,000 for every day that he misses. Mike Shanahan said that anybody who misses camp would be fined and mentioned that he will not talk about Lelie while he is not in camp. He will only talk about the players that are in camp.

Even without Lelie, Shanahan is comfortable about his offense heading into training camp. Javon Walker appears healthy and that gives quarterback Jake Plummer a solid number one target. The Broncos have confidence in both Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne when they run the ball this year.

Denver agreed to terms with rookie quarterback Jay Cutler on a six-year deal worth $48 million. The Broncos have also signed fourth-round pick Elvis Dumervil and sixth-round pick Greg Eslinger. Tony Scheffler, Domenik Hixon and Chris Kuper are also signed.

The Oakland Raiders are just a couple of days into camp and already in Raider-like fashion, there's controversy. Jerry Porter, who is coming off arguably the best year of his career, has demanded a trade out of Oakland. Head coach Art Shell has ignored the comments, telling the media that Porter's request is a non-issue. Porter pulled up with a calf injury and sat out sessions on Wednesday.

First round pick Michael Huff missed the first morning session in Napa Valley after he signed his contract with the Raiders on Monday. Huff's contract includes $15 million in guaranteed money, with potential earnings as high as $26.5 million over five years. Former number one pick Robert Gallery was put on the physically unable to perform list.

Turnovers look to be an important issue for Art Shell. Defenders have been working hard in stripping drills. Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan is not happy with his defense early in camp, leading to a number of tirades criticizing their play. On offense, Aaron Brooks and Randy Moss are beginning to connect nicely on the deep ball.

The Kansas City Chiefs begin camp with added confidence on defense. Although new addition Ty Law plays up the concept of winning as a team, his presence as a single player is undeniable. Law now pairs with Patrick Surtain, providing a "pick your poison" scenario for opposing quarterbacks.

There is nothing in Law's history that says he will be a bad player. Law led the NFL in interceptions last year and was once the cornerstone of a fierce New England secondary. If history holds true with Law, then the move to bring him in will likely lead to more wins for the Chiefs. Kansas City also signed rookies Tamba Hali and Brodie Croyle just before training camp started.

Rookies and selected veterans are at camp for the San Diego Chargers and that usually means that at this time of the year the number one pick for the Chargers isn't in camp. But unlike years past, after a very short hold out, Antonio Cromartie has signed with the Chargers.

Marty Schottenheimer has praised Cromartie as a hard worker, even after second- year wideout Vincent Jackson burned him on three pass plays. Cromartie left the heat and humidity of Florida to come to San Diego, which he described as "heaven" upon arrival.

Shawne Merriman and Luis Castillo were forces on the defense as rookies last year. Another young player, Igor Olshansky has declared that the Chargers already have the number one run defense. Castillo says that there is no doubt that Olshanky thinks he's the best player in the room. Top Stories