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AFC West OTA news roundup: Kelce impressing Chiefs, Hillman needs to improve

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The AFC West was a bit of a train wreck in 2012. The Denver Broncos were the only team from the division to make the playoffs, and the other three teams were all drafting in the first 11 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft.

With the addition of Andy Reid, the Kansas City Chiefs are hoping for a bit of a turnaround in 2013, which would help bolster one of the NFL's weakest divisions. Still, the rest of the AFC West is facing an uphill battle in hopes of trying to catch Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

Here's a look at the news coming out of AFC West OTAs this week:

Chiefs tight ends making news

The Kansas City Star is reporting that Tony Moeaki may not be ready for training camp. Moeaki tore his ACL a year ago, and the recovery couldn't come at a worse time for the tight end. As the Star noted, Andy Reid loves to use his tight ends, and newly drafted rookie Travis Kelce is impressing early on in OTAs.

Ronnie Hillman needs to improve

Ronnie Hillman's rookie year was uninspiring at best, and the Broncos responded by drafting Wisconsin running back Montee Ball in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Hillman was as light as 175 pounds as a rookie, according to the Denver Post. That's obviously extremely light for an NFL running back, even one who relies on speed like Hillman. The former San Diego State running back has reportedly been working towards bulking up a bit this offseason. He played at close to 200 pounds during college.

Chargers could be trying to trade Robert Meachem

After signing Robert Meachem to a four-year contract worth just over $25 million last season, the San Diego Union-Tribune has reported that the team would trade him for close to nothing at this point. Meachem caught only 14 passes a year ago and was a huge disappointment for the Chargers. With other talented wideouts vying for playing time, Meachem could be pushed to the bench.

Dexter McCluster suffers mild hamstring injury

The Chiefs have had as much bad luck with injuries as any team in recent years, so when Dexter McCluster suffered a hamstring injury this week it was cause for some concern. However, Reid classified the injury as mild, and McCluster could be back on the field as early as next week, according to ESPN.

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