High praise for Ryan Clady

This column from colleague Jeffri Chadiha proclaims Denver left tackle Ryan Clady as the No. 4 most indispensable players in the NFL. He is the only AFC West player on the list. I can hear your cackles from here.

I’m sure you have a lot to say. The extremely high ranking is a bit curious, since Clady’s sack numbers have soared. Still, he is a fine player who protects Peyton Manning's blind side. So, there is no doubt he is valuable and important to Denver’s success. Disagree? Have at it in the comment section below. But first, some other AFC West notes:

  • The Raiders worked out several tight ends this week: Gabe Miller, Fendi Onobun, Zack Pianalto and Mickey Shuler. None are impact players and the team was likely simply just doing their due diligence.

  • Receiver Derek Carrier had a workout with the Eagles. He was a highly touted undrafted free agent who signed with the Raiders. He was cut last Friday.

  • Former Oakland cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke is reportedly set to sign with Pittsburgh. The 2011 third-round pick was cut by the Raiders earlier this week and he went unclaimed. The Steelers play at Denver on Sunday and at Oakland in Week 3. I’d doubt Van Dyke would be active Sunday if signed.

  • There is one fewer Manning jersey in Colorado these days.