AFC Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders


Broncos LB Von Miller spoke about his talent level and how he expects to return after missing time due to an Achilles injury.

“It never left,” Miller said Monday, via Around The NFL. “I felt like last season was going to be the season, but I feel like this season is going to be a great season, too. Just refocus with that same fire and that same intensity and just grind it out. I’m still running around here beating everybody’s ass, so I feel like, 30-what? Until I see otherwise, I’m going to keep doing it and I’m going to keep going.”

Broncos’ HC Vic Fangio says that Miller does not appear to have been negatively affected by his injury. 

“It’s been great. Von is showing no ill effects in his injury from last year, which is what we expected,” Fangio said. “It wasn’t one that lingered and needs a lot of attention. It just needed the time to heal. It’s done that and it’s great to see him. I love having him around and I enjoy being around Von. It’s good that he’s here and I’ve been pleased with where he’s at.”

Fangio also agrees with Miller that he can return to Pro Bowl form for 2021.

“I think he can, but it’s May 24,” Fangio said. “He’s got two months to get in the great condition that he got in last year. I don’t think he’s in that type of condition at this moment, but he definitely can get back there. There’s no doubt in my mind.”

Miller also told the media he wasn’t surprised about being back in Denver for yet another season.

“I’m not surprised. I’m happy to be here. I’m not surprised,” Miller said. “I’m excited to be with the guys. To be honest, it just feels good to be in the locker room and just joke with the guys and just be in the mix again — have grass underneath my cleats and have my helmet on. It feels pretty good. I always had an internal faith that I would be here. I said a long time ago that I want to be a Bronco for life. I always felt like that even though the business and all this stuff. I always felt like this was home and this is where I was going to end up. I’m an optimistic guy. You guys all know this — I’m an optimistic guy. I always feel like we can win the Super Bowl and be the best defense. I always feel like that, and that same optimism — I brought into this offseason. I always felt like I was going to be a Denver Bronco. I always felt I was going to come back.”


  • Chiefs’ HC Andy Reid on what QB Patrick Mahomes has been able to do in practice so far: “He’s been doing everything. He’s been full-go. He’s still working with Rick (Burkholder) with the toe and that. We realize this is more of a passing camp—we don’t run the ball much in this thing—so it’s good that way and his toe has really done well.” (James Palmer)
  • Former 49ers assistant Katie Sowers announced on Instagram she is joining the Chiefs coaching staff.


Raiders’ S Johnathan Abram thinks he can play a unique role on defense this season for Las Vegas and adds that things are going well for him despite being injured often.

“Things are going pretty good,” Abram said, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “I’m pretty much going down to what they call a box safety, strong safety. It’s interesting going from what we went to last year, playing a lot of split safety, playing high. This, I feel like, is going to be more suitable to my talents and my strengths. I just tried to build my body back up. Last offseason was a struggle for me coming off the shoulder injury. So, this year I stayed around the facility a lot. I’ve been with our strength coach A.J. (Neibel) every single day. Him and Deuce (Gruden), those guys have been tremendous. I’m more than 100 percent, honestly. I’m as strong as I’ve ever been, so for me, that’s the biggest thing. Just preparing my body for these 17 weeks that we have to go through.”

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