AFC West Training Camp Update

As training camps progress, a look at the tough AFC West division leads us to believe that teams are gearing for the Raiders in their preseason preparation to the 2003 season.

The AFC West Division
 
In San Diego, injuries and David Boston have become an issue for the upstart Chargers. Overcompensating for a hip-pointer injury, Boston's knee became sore. Nothing to be alarmed about, the knee is fine and he will play against the Seahawks. Quarterback Drew Brees is having a tremendous training camp and the team feels confident that the offense will be an explosive facet. The coaching staff has been impressed with the play and leadership provided by free agent acquisition Kwamie Lassister, citing that the defensive secondary has been communicating well and the expectation level for the defense has been elevated........In Denver, second-year wide receiver Ashley Lelie continues to impress in his battle with incumbent Ed McCaffrey for the starting position opposite Rod Smith. Indications are that Lelie will see significant playing time as the second or third receiver, but will not be handed the starting role as head coach Mike Shanahan is expected to stick with the veteran McCaffrey. Recently resigned offensive lineman Blake Brockermeyer is expected to provide the team with a veteran body to compete at left tackle for the team while injury woes hamper the team at the ever-important left tackle spot.........In Oakland, the Raiders are preparing number-three wide receiver Jerry Porter for a greater role in the 2003 season. Porter has solidly appeared to be quickest receiver in camp and his route running and understanding of the Oakland offense has dramatically improved. Without question, he has gained consistency with his ball-catching ability and offensive coordinator Marc Trestman is comfortable in making Porter a go-to guy this upcoming season. Center Barret Robbins is regaining the trust and respect of his teammates, but has a long way to go before the team will feel comfortable and confident in him, despite playing at an All-Pro level in 2002, without any real incident until the events that surrounded him prior to the Super Bowl..........In Kansas City, Priest Holmes has passed the initial test of playing against live action against someone other than his teammates when he carried the ball four times for 12-yards against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. Holmes wanted to play longer, but the coaching staff quickly pulled the plug on Holmes. The coaching staff remains intrigued as to the potential and imnprovement of the defense with starting defensive back Jerome Woods and Greg Wesley together as a tandem in the defensive backfield.

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