Posted: Wednesday July 26, 2006 11:46AM; Updated: Wednesday July 26, 2006 12:59PM
Wide receiver Javon Walker doesn't appear to have lost any confidence after seriously injuring his knee last season.
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What Went Right: They traded for receiver Javon Walker. If his reconstructed ACL doesn't give him problems, the Broncos' offense goes to another level. There's also talk that rookie defensive end Elvis Dumervil could be a sleeper -- defensive line coach Andre Patterson loves his quickness and the productivity that he had in college.
What Went Wrong: They trusted punter Todd Sauerbrun, who faces a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on banned substances.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
What Went Right: Two words: Ty Law. He makes them a Super Bowl contender. He'll make fellow cornerback Patrick Surtain better, give defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham more opportunities to blitz and even help a pass rush that remains suspect.
What Went Wrong: They didn't find a reliable backup for quarterback Trent Green. If he goes down, Law can't get under center. Their wide receivers don't scare anybody, either.
What Went Right: They eventually hired a coach (Art Shell) after everybody without a connection to the place passed. They drafted a stud safety in MichaelHuff. They moved Robert Gallery to left tackle, his natural position, after using him on the right side for the last two years.
What Went Wrong: Somebody explain to me why defensive coordinator Rob Ryan still has a job.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
What Went Right: They added depth at cornerback by drafting Antonio Cromartie in the first round. True, a knee injury sidelined him for most of 2005, but coach Marty Schottenheimer loves big corners (Cromartie is 6-foot-2, 207).
What Went Wrong: They picked Phillip Rivers over Drew Brees. The only way this works out for San Diego is if Brees becomes the next Chad Pennington. They also let the friction between Schottenheimer and general manager A.J. Smith go public. And as far as I can tell, they haven't realized that Keenan McCardell is entering his 15th year and they still don't have a dependable complement to him at receiver.