AFC West mailbag

Mid-week mailbag:

Andy from Kansas City wants to know if I think Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas will ever be a reliable player for Denver.

Bill Williamson: Thomas, of course, suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury last week while working out. The team expects him out for 6 to 8 months. Thomas has been dealing with injury issues since he fractured his foot prior to the draft. The injury bothered him in training camp and then he had an ankle injury that kept him out of the last five games of the season. So, there is a history of injury that the Broncos need to be concerned about. I think it is too early to think that Thomas’ career will be derailed by injuries. But the fact that there is a good chance his first two NFL seasons will be seriously affected by injury, is not a good start to his career.

Luke from Portland, Ore., wants to know if I think Oakland could draft Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski and play him at center.

BW: I’ve had Wisniewski as my mock draft pick for Oakland when it makes its first pick at No. 49. It’s a good fit. He is a guard and center who would fill a need for Oakland. He is the nephew of former Oakland offensive lineman great Steve Wisniewski, who was just hired as Oakland’s assistant offensive line coach. I certainly expect Wisniewski to be on Oakland’s prospect list.

Jared from Thousand Oaks, Calif., wants to know if Malcom Floyd could be attractive in free agency.

BW: With San Diego giving receiver Vincent Jackson the franchise tag, Floyd will be exposed. The Chargers like Floyd a lot and I bet they try to re-sign him. It could be difficult to keep both Jackson and Floyd. Floyd will be attractive to teams because of his size, hands and ability to make the acrobatic catch. The Chargers love him, but there could be serious competition for Floyd. I could see Kansas City potentially making a run at Floyd. He’d be a great target for Matt Cassel.