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AFC Notes: Chiefs, Raiders, Ravens

Chiefs

The Chiefs will remove Tyreek Hill as their kick returner to get him more involved in their offensive attack this season.

We’ve got┬áDe’Anthony [Thomas]; we’ve got┬áDemarcus [Robinson]; we’ve got guys like that who can come in and give the same type of explosive play that I can,” Hill said, via ESPN. “[There’s] nothing going to change. It’s all going to be the same.

“But will I miss it? Yes. It’s another chance for me to score, so yeah.”

Co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy explained that they tried to balance Hill’s involvement in their offense last year but they’re now focused on finding better ways to utilize his dynamic ability.

“We put a lot on his plate last year and he handled it great,” Nagy said. “I think we were more concerned with making sure we didn’t do too much. There’s that balance mentally where’s he’s at and then physically where he’s at. You take him on all those jet-sweep motions and then you take him on vertical routes downfield. That’s a lot.”

“He’s a weapon in so many areas and every defensive coordinator that’s out there is concerned about him because of his speed,” Nagy said. “We just need to make sure that as we go forward here, we put him in the right spots, we don’t overuse him and mentally you want to stick to that less-is-more mentality so that he can play fast.

Raiders

  • Steve Wyche reports that the Raiders were informed around the combine that LT Donald Penn wanted a new deal and then were notified again three weeks ago.

Ravens

Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he would not mind Colin Kaepernick signing with Baltimore, as long as he doesn’t take his starting job.

“I would like to see Colin get back in [the NFL] and, at some point, maybe get another shot [to be a starter],” said Flacco, via ESPN.com. “I wouldn’t like that to be here. I do not want him to get another shot [to be a starter] here, but yes, he can come here and have some fun. I think it would be a good spot for him.

Although, Flacco added that he wouldn’t feel threatened by Kaepernick being on their roster.

“I think at this point, I am really open to anything,” Flacco said. “You can do whatever you want at this position, because I feel like I am the quarterback, and it does not really matter.