AFC Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Ravens



  • Former NFL GM and analyst for the Athletic Michael Lombardi writes the most obvious question for the Chargers in 2020 is if veteran QB Tyrod Taylor can provide enough as a passer to allow Los Angeles to contend for a playoff spot. 


  • Per the Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens OC Greg Roman said finding a way to split touches between RBs Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, Justice Hill and second-round rookie J.K. Dobbins was a good problem to have: “I love good problems. I think I’ve learned over the years, if you got good problems, bring them this way. … It makes me excited to no end. I don’t think you can have enough really good running backs and we’ve got a plethora of them.”
  • Regarding Baltimore’s playoff loss to the Titans, Roman said the offense sputtering was his fault: “We just didn’t execute at the highest level. It behooves us to move on and get even better.” (Zrebiec)
  • Roman and the rest of the team have high expectations for 2019 first-round WR Marquise Brown in his second season. Brown dealt with a foot injury his entire rookie season: “All of us to a man we’re saying, wow, once Hollywood has a real offseason, that’s going to be something. I really think he’s had a great offseason physically.” (Zrebiec)
  • While the Ravens have discussed moving CB Jimmy Smith to safety, DC Don Martindale said it was “a wait-and-see thing.” (Zrebiec
  • Martindale mentioned Ravens CB Tavon Young, who missed 2019 with a neck injury, is healthy and should be good to go for 2020: “He looks good over the computer.” (Zrebiec)
  • Martindale is confident Ravens first-round LB Patrick Queen can step into the starting lineup from Day 1 as a rookie despite not opening last year as a starter at LSU: “He’s going to rise to the challenge. He doesn’t repeat mistakes. I told him if he’s going to make a mistake, make it at 100 miles per hour.” (Jamison Hensley)

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