AFC Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders


Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater had high praise of WR Jerry Jeudy, calling the second-year receiver a “true pro” and keyed on his route-running ability. 

“Man, Jerry, he’s a true pro,” Bridgewater said, via Jon Heath of BroncosWire. “You watch him and he works extremely hard. He’s always in the right place at the right time. The way he runs routes, he makes all of his routes look the same and then he makes it tough for a defender.”

Bridgewater added the Jeudy is a “huge asset” to the organization. 

“Having a guy like him on the team, he’s a huge asset. He’s also a great dancer, but I’m pretty sure you guys know that. He’s a guy that hasn’t disappointed since I’ve been here.”


Coming off his sensational rookie season, Chargers QB Justin Herbert features prominently in the team’s plans on offense in 2021. Chargers HC Brandon Staley told the Athletic’s Robert Mays they have even higher hopes for Herbert in his second season. 

“I wanted our offense to run through Justin Herbert … I wanted him to make it work and I think that’s what’s been fun to sort of get started,” Staley said via Hayley Elwood of the team website. 

While the Chargers are installing a version of the Saints’ offense after hiring OC Joe Lombardi away from New Orleans, Staley said that’s just a starting point to build around Herbert with the goal of eventually giving him the benefit of years of continuity. 

“I think that ultimately, those are the most dangerous quarterbacks you defend, where the quarterback becomes the system,” he said. “Studying the great players that have played that position and guys I’ve looked up to from a coaching standpoint like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Mike Tomlin, Jim Harbaugh; Bill Parcells, is a guy that since I was a little kid I’ve always admired, their quarterbacks have all played really, really well.

“And they’ve had continuity with their head coach and they’ve had continuity with their systems. I think that that’s something a defensive coach can provide, and hopefully I can provide it to our team. Not just to Justin Herbert, but to our team, (provide) that other side, that extra education that hopefully can sort of complete their thinking and help us be the team we’re capable of being.”


  • The Athletic’s Vic Tafur and Tashan Reed write that Raiders TE Darren Waller is essentially Las Vegas’ No. 1 receiver and will be the centerpiece of their passing game. 
  • The two add the Raiders are optimistic a year spent mostly watching Jason Witten will be good for Foster Moreau and they’ll see the fruits this year as he moves up to the No. 2 role. Both attended Tight End University this offseason. 
  • Derek Carrier should round out the depth chart at No. 3, per Tafur and Reed. 

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  1. Regarding th3 Raiders TEs. I disagree with the analysis of roster spots. Carrier needs to be gone, as he has contributed nothing since he’s been with the team. If I were them, I’d take a long look at Matt Bushman, the UDFA TE from Itah.

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