Weekend mail call:
Mike from Fresno wants to know what rookie in the AFC West I am most looking forward to seeing play in 2010:
Bill Williamson: Mike, there are a lot of rookies I’m intrigued to see play. It’s a strong class in the division. But I think I’m most excited to see how Ryan Mathews fits into San Diego’s offense. He looks like a perfect fit. That’s why San Diego gave up so much to take him at No. 12. The Chargers’ offense is a high-octane outfit. If Mathews can bring new life to the running game the Chargers are going to be very dangerous.
Kevin from Omaha wants to know if I think Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles will have a big season.
BW: I was at Charles’ last game when he had 259 yards against Denver. I’m a big believer in him. The kid is dynamic. He is a game breaker. I think he will be even more dangerous in 2010 because he is experienced and wiser. Plus, having Thomas Jones in his backfield is going keep Charles fresh. I expect a tremendous year from this third-year pro from Texas.
Tommy from San Diego wants to know if I think Chargers’ star receiver Vincent Jackson could be a holdout.
BW: I think this is a situation to watch, Tommy. I think Jackson could embark on an extended holdout. He is a restricted free agent. He wants a long-term deal. The team is not ready to give him a new deal. There could be a long stalemate. San Diego general manager A.J. Smith isn’t the type of leader who scares easily. He won’t blink. If Jackson doesn’t blink, either, this thing could get ugly. It would be a shame if these two sides can’t work things out. Jackson is a tremendous player and his presence makes San Diego a special team.