AFC Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Broncos

  • Broncos FB/TE Andrew Beck tells Mike Klis that he’s he has been cleared by team doctors and trainers to return to practice on Monday. Klis says Beck dealt with COVID-19 for two-plus weeks and spent the past week getting lungs in shape. 
  • Broncos WR Juwann Winfree is dealing with a hamstring injury, but was able to do some work on the side of the field. (Ryan O’Halloran)

Chiefs

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has a pretty easygoing personality for the most part. But that hides what Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy termed a serious competitive streak. 

“You guys have been around him, you know him. He’s a competitive prick, OK,” Bieniemy said via NFL Media’s Grant Gordon. “He’s a great kid, but he’s a competitive prick.”

Mahomes’ competitiveness will be a crucial element of Kansas City’s quest to become the NFL’s next dynasty. He’s already accomplished more in his first three seasons than most quarterbacks accomplish in their entire careers with an MVP and a Super Bowl win. But he’s still not satisfied. 

“He wants to improve at everything he can possibly improve on,” Bieniemy said. “He wants to be the best at whatever he can do. And along the way, he wants to make sure that he’s leading the guys, he wants to be held accountable by his peers. But also, too, he just wants to work. And that’s what you love about being around him every single day.”

Raiders

Raiders DC Paul Guenther said second-year S Johnathan Abram has performed well so far this offseason after missing most of last season due to a Week 1 shoulder injury. 

He looks good,” said Guenther, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “I mean, he played 30 minutes for us last year, so he’s kind of going through it again like a rookie year, but he’s picked up the system in his second year.”

Guenther added that Abram has returned in “tremendous shape” and praised his ability to play within the box. 

“Looking from the 10,000-mile view last year, sitting back and watching everything happen, he’s come back in tremendous shape. Obviously, he’s good in the middle of the field, he’s an enforcer down in the box, and he’s a good blitzer, and he’s a vocal guy, which we need for his leadership in the back end,” said Guenther. 

Although Gruden said didn’t want to make any predictions with Abram, he mentioned that they selected him in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft for a reason. 

“I don’t want to make any predictions,” Gruden said. “But we didn’t draft him in the first round for any other reason. We think he can be an outstanding player. He has to stay healthy. He has to prove he can do it. I think he can.”

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