AFC West mailbag

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Mid-week mail call:

Dennis from Boise, Idaho wants to know what I think about the demotions of Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City and Brandon Marshall in Denver.

Bill Williamson: Well, the moves, made Monday, were very interesting. These are two outstanding receivers we're talking about. Really, I don't think these demotions will last. Bowe was most likely working with backups on Monday because the coaching staff wanted to get his attention. Bowe has had trouble holding onto the ball. But he is a talent. He has 156 catches in two NFL seasons. He'll be a starter when it counts. Same goes with Marshall, who is coming off back-to-back 100- catch seasons. I think the fact that Denver put Marshall on the second team on its depth chart was due to him being out since Aug. 2 with a leg injury. The depth chart was for this weekend's game at San Francisco. There's little chance he can play if he doesn't practice. When Marshall is healthy, he'll be in the starting lineup. So, in the end, these two moves are a tad shocking, but they don't really mean too much.

JD from SJ, Ca. wants to know if I think Ricky Brown will beat out Kirk Morrison in Oakland for the starting middle linebacker job.

BW: Brown is making some noise in Oakland's camp. The team has had a lot of confidence in him, but apparently he is really coming into his own. Still, I'd be surprised if he beats out Morrison. Morrison has been a leader and a big part of Oakland's defense. This could be a message being sent similar to Bowe and Marshall's situation. Maybe the Oakland coaching staff didn't think Morrison was working hard enough and wanted to get his attention. Still, this will be an interesting battle to watch in the preseason.

Craig Stele from Tally, FL. wants to know if Carlton Powell has a chance to be make an impact this season.

BW: Powell, a draft choice in 2008, has not gotten much action at nose tackle in Denver's 3-4 scheme this training camp. The player to watch at the position is rookie free agent Chris Baker. He is running with the second team. He started his college career at Penn State and then he finished at Hampton. He could be a comer. The current starter is Ronnie Fields. He played for new Denver defensive coordinator Mike Nolan in San Francisco when Nolan was the head coach.