Weekend mail call:
Kevin Ferrelli from Charleston, S.C. wants to know if I think the San Diego Chargers' backup running back situation is solid.
Bill Williamson: It’s not bad. The key is Ryan Mathews' health. I don’t think there is a solid starting answer other than Mathews on the roster, but there are plenty of players who are capable of carrying the ball a few times a game. I think Jackie Battle, Ronnie Brown, Curtis Brinkley and rookie Edwin Baker could all help this team and don’t forget new fullback Le'Ron McClain. He can carry the rock as well to give Mathews a breather.
James from Fresno wants to know if I think Peyton Manning's first season will be considered a failure if the Broncos don’t get past the first round of the playoffs as the Tim Tebow-led Broncos did in 2011.
BW: I think it would be difficult to say otherwise. But I think the big picture here is Manning’s entire time in Denver. If Manning’s health is strong after the season, it will be a positive. But there is no doubt the Broncos signed Manning to make a deep playoff run immediately.
Tommy from Kansas City wants to know if I think Jonathan Baldwin can catch 50 passes this season.
BW: I think that is reasonable. The Chiefs are giving to give Baldwin a chance to make a splash. After dealing with a broken thumb, Baldwin had 21 catches in 11 games. He had a good offseason and I think the Chiefs are going to give him all he can handle in 2012, so 50 catches is a steep, but reasonable, expectation.
Weekend mail call:
Sources: Welker banned for amphetamines
Brent can return in Week 11, with conditions
NFL bans Irsay six games, fines him $500K
Source: Cowboys to bring in Sam for physical
Texans' Watt plans to prove he earned deal
Davis: Several 49ers were at McDonald party
Clay: 32 fantasy draft tips to win your league
Wes Welker Suspended Four Games
ESPN's Adam Schefter breaks down the NFL suspending Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker four games for use of amphetamines.
Brent Cleared To Return In Week 11
ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer breaks down Josh Brent cleared to return to the Cowboys in Week 11 after serving a 10-game suspension.
Cowboys A Good Landing Spot For Sam?
The "NFL Live" crew breaks down whether Michael Sam would be a good fit with the Cowboys.