John Fox explains snapper choice

The biggest name in the AFC West to be cut so far is Denver Broncos long snapper Lonie Paxton.

He was considered one of the best in the NFL at his position and there were no indications he was in trouble. Paxton will be replaced by rookie free agent Aaron Brewer. In a conference call with media members Monday, Denver coach John Fox explained why the team chose Brewer over Paxton.

“He’s an exceptional athlete,” Fox said of Brewer, a San Diego State product. “A lot of times with a snapper one of the things you look at is the protection element. He is like a center on the offensive line. He picked that up very, very quickly. He’s very athletic so he’s a really good cover guy for a center. A lot of times, people on punt returns don't count that guy. We just felt great about his upside and his performance in the preseason games.”

In other AFC West news:

CSN Bay Area is reporting receiver Jacoby Ford is out of a walking boot. The Raiders' No. 3 receiver sprained his left foot in the second preseason game.

CSN Bay Area also reported backup quarterback Matt Leinart returned to practice. He injured a finger on his non-throwing hand in the second preseason game.