AFC Notes: Chargers, Colts, Raiders

Chargers

Chargers veteran TE Antonio Gates says he grateful for another opportunity to play football.

“To be here, to hear the fans again, was just an unbelievable experience,” Gates said, via Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times. “I think, for the most part, you take it for granted. . . .

“Ultimately, when you step away, reality hits you. And [then] you step back into this situation. I think you really understand and respect the opportunity.

Colts

  • Colts LT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) said that he will practice in full on Wednesday and is “very confident” he’ll be able to return for Week 2’s game. Castonzo added that he was “extremely close” to playing last weekend. (George Bremer)
  • Colts RB Marlon Mack returned to practice on Wednesday, which leaves the door open for him making his season debut on Sunday.

Raiders

Raiders QB Derek Carr had a rough showing in the season opener against the Rams. However, HC Jon Gruden says he doesn’t have any doubt that Carr is “going to be great.

I don’t have any doubts that Derek Carr is going to be great,” Gruden said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I can’t wait to get started and get ready for the Broncos. There were a few plays [where] uncharacteristically he wasn’t at his best. Sometimes you have to credit [defensive coordinator] Wade Phillips; you have to credit the defense. They gave us multiple looks. They have some talented people out there. It’s just disappointing, but I think knowing how good Derek is, it gives us hope that we can get it all solved.

  • Regarding the team’s decision to re-sign WR Martavis Bryant, HC Jon Gruden said: “I think he’s in a good place right now. I think he’s healthy. I think he’s ready to go.” (Michael Gehlken)
  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Raiders DT Justin Ellis strained ligaments in his foot and is considered week-to-week.

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