Bowe down in K.C.; Moreno up in Denver

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

There were two important depth chart moves in the AFC West Monday.

Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe was working with the backups in practice Monday. Terrance Cooper took Bowe's place in the starting lineup.

In Denver, rookie Knowshon Moreno was working with the first team Monday.

The most startling news is the development in the Chiefs camp. The Kansas City Star said it appeared to be a demotion. The third-year player had looked like Kansas City's best receiving option. Bowe, a first-round pick in 2007, had 86 catches for 1,022 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He seemed like a nice option for new quarterback Matt Cassel.

Cooper is a journeyman who has never had a huge impact. Kansas City coach Todd Haley said Monday lineups can change every day. Bowe will likely get a chance to regain his spot. Still, this move was a clear message to Bowe, who has had trouble holding onto the ball.

The Chiefs probably want to see more urgency from Bowe in camp. For a player who caught 156 passes in his first two seasons, this has to be a wake-up call.

While Bowe is floundering in the Chiefs' camp, Moreno is making an impression in Denver. The fact that Moreno is running with the first team isn't a surprise. The Broncos envision him as a three-down back. Moreno was drafted with the No. 12 pick to make an impact as a rookie.