Following are whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC:
• Although it remains to be seen if Jaguars DE Aaron Kampman can still make an impact as a pass rusher in his new limited role — Kampman's snaps will be reduced to around 45 per game — there is no way around the fact that the Jaguars gave Kampman $10 million guaranteed in 2010 for eight games as a full-time player before he was lost for the season with a torn ACL. This is the danger that comes with investing in free agents who come in with injury concerns.
• QB Colt McCoy got high marks for his command of the Browns' offense in the preseason opener vs. Green Bay and looks to be a solid fit in the West Coast scheme, two league sources who watched him closely told PFW. One evaluator said the Browns' offense did a good job of taking what the Packers' defense would allow. The evaluator said the Browns' offense could start to stretch the field more as time goes on, although as the other league source noted, the West Coast attack is not known for attacking vertically and the club lacks a go-to receiver. McCoy also excelled in the second preseason game, leading the Browns to 21 first-half points on three TD passes.
• Expect the Chiefs to study the free-agent market after rosters are trimmed to 53 and look for a veteran backup quarterback. Matt Cassel is safe as the starter and the team likes the development of rookie fifth-rounder Ricky Stanzi. But they don't want Stanzi to be the No. 2 guy when the year begins. According to sources, vet Tyler Palko has been downright awful in camp and it would be a major shock if he is on the Week One roster.
• Undrafted rookie LB Darryl Gamble is making a name for himself in Chargers camp, showing good speed and an ability to rush the passer. The team has a lot of linebackers, but given the way Gamble has practiced and performed thus far in the preseason, both on defense and special teams, it wouldn't be a shock if he made the final roster or was stashed on the practice squad.
• The Patriots have acquired four veteran defensive linemen so far this offseason, putting some of the young D-linemen on the roster bubble. One player whose spot seems safe is second-year DL Kyle Love, who was signed as an undrafted rookie last season and played in nine games, notching one sack. Love started the team's second preseason game at left defensive end. Bill Belichick was asked about Love, and while he avoided singling out Love by directing his response to all second-year players, he indicated that Love is more aggressive with a better understanding of the team's systems.
• Bengals rookie A.J. Green looks likely to be the club's go-to receiver right off the bat, a daily team observer tells PFW. Green has played well in training camp and will start from the get-go.
• The addition of Lee Evans puts rookie WR Torrey Smith in a reserve role in Baltimore. Look for the speedy Smith and quick, sure-handed fellow rookie Tandon Doss to both get work as the No. 3 wideout.
• A problem for the Dolphins last season was the revolving door at the No. 2 TE position behind Anthony Fasano. We hear there has not been much improvement at that position so far in camp. Rookie Charles Clay has been playing some H-back and has to learn a lot all at once. None of last year's rookies — Jeron Mastrud, Mickey Shuler or Dedrick Epps — has shown enough to grab hold of the No. 2 spot. "It is a position that is muddy to me other than Fasano and I have to get to the bottom of it here, quickly," head coach Tony Sparano told reporters recently.