AFC Notes: Aaron Rodgers, Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders


Former Broncos QB Peyton Manning says his gut feeling is that Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater will be under center for Denver, even with the trade speculation connecting them to Aaron Rodgers since the draft. 

“Great question. Obviously, it’s the question of the summer here in Denver,” Manning said, via “Obviously, I hope he plays somewhere this year. The fact that Aaron Rodgers might not play this year, I can’t fathom it. He’s too good of a player. Too fun to watch for the fans. I personally hope it’s in Green Bay. That’s what I see him as. I hope they can kinda make amends and work [it] out. That team is so close, if he were to leave there it’d be a major change, obviously, for them.

“My gut is he’s not coming to Denver. My gut is Denver’s gonna have Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater be their quarterback. At this point, you gotta kinda know what your plan is, you can’t be having a new quarterback three weeks before the season.


Chiefs OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif explained on Twitter why it meant a lot to him to win the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year award. Duvernay-Tardif opted out of the 2020 season to use his medical degree to serve as a frontline healthcare worker during the pandemic. 

“Being a professional athlete comes with a lot of privileges but also a responsibility to use your platform to have a positive impact in your community. Winning this award for my work off the field is a huge honor,” he said. 


Raiders G Richie Incognito hasn’t gotten the chance to put on the pads and practice against the team’s new additions on the defensive line yet. But he’s worked against them in OTAs and seen several of them around the league, and that experience is giving him confidence that Las Vegas may have finally cracked the code to fixing its defensive line. After recording just 17 sacks in 2020, the Raiders added DL Quinton Jefferson, Solomon Thomas and Darius Philon to the interior of their line. 

“You build a team from the inside out, and I think we got a lot thicker in the middle defensively,” Incognito said via the Athletic’s Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur. “We got some really great guys. Quinton Jefferson has played a lot of ball in this league, he is a disruptive guy. I have worked out with (Darius) Philon here in Arizona. Solomon Thomas was a high draft pick and we’re looking for big things from him with the change of scenery. Rod (Marinelli) demands the highest level of energy and output and enthusiasm, and I think that will be great for him. And of course, we got Big Time Hank (Johnathan Hankins) back. I have a ton of respect for him and he is a real pro. I am really happy he’s back. He makes our defensive line better.”

And of course, there’s the Raiders’ biggest addition to the defensive line, DE Yannick Ngakoue, who has put on 12 pounds of muscle this offseason to try and shed his label as a one-dimensional pass rusher. 

“He’s the ultimate warrior,” Incognito said.

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