AFC Notes: Chiefs, Raiders, Texans

Chiefs

  • While there has been a lot of talk about the number of interceptions Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has thrown during training camp.
  • However, Tom Pelissero says that the Chiefs and HC Andy Reid are not concerned about the second-year quarterback.
  • Pelissero explains that a lot of the interceptions are Mahomes’ fault and the team wants him to test the boundaries of the offense during camp.

Raiders

Raiders HC Jon Gruden said that WR Martavis Bryant has to “get out here and play better” after missing some time due to illness.

“He’s got to get out here and play better,” Gruden said Saturday, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He’s in a competitive situation. Right now, a lot of the other receivers have had a nice camp. He’s just got to learn the offense. He’s got to stay out here. He’s had some illnesses. He’s got to get on the field. He’s got to master the offense and become more versatile, and that’s the key to making this team better.

  • Gruden mentioned that Raiders S Erik Harris is expected to return Monday after undergoing surgery for a fractured finger on Friday. (Michael Gehlken)
  • According to Michael Gehlken, the Raiders explore Reno, Nevada as a possible training camp home in 2020.
  • Raiders owner Mark Davis has also said that Tahoe is a possibility. (Vic Tafur)

Texans

  • Texans DE J.J. Watt said he hopes to play in at least one preseason game to get some live reps: “It doesn’t need to be a lot but I think it’s important to at least see some live bullets before you go out there and have some guys flying at you for real.” (Sarah Barshop)
  • However, Texans HC Bill O’Brien wasn’t willing to commit to Watt playing this preseason right now: “We’ll see. We’ll see how it goes. We’ll see how the reps go in practice. That’s what it depends on. Preseason, a lot of it has to do with the reps in practice. There’s a lot more that goes into it nowadays than even 10 years ago.”
  • O’Brien mentioned that OLB Jadeveon Clowney is still working to get back into football shape: “When we feel like he’s in football shape, we’ll put him on the field.” (Sarah Barshop)

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