AFC Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders


Broncos’ third-round C Quinn Meinerz called their early weeks of the offseason program a “huge learning experience” and that he’s adjusting to the NFL’s speed.

“It was a huge learning experience, definitely,” Meinerz said, via Aric DiLalla of the team’s official site. “Learning how to practice as a pro and coming from a small school, learning a new playbook. A whole bunch of new things are happening and it kind of moved really quickly, but to have the veterans come back and to have most of our team there was awesome. It was super valuable. I cannot imagine being a rookie and not having OTAs like last year.”


Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is confident that the team’s running backs, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jerick McKinnon, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson, will all be receiving threats.

“We have these backs that catch the ball so well out of the backfield, so why not utilize them?” Mahomes said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN. “Clyde, Jerick McKinnon, Darrel, Darwin, all of these guys are really good at running and catching the ball and running routes in space and so using them … I think you’ll see a wide variety of stuff that we’ll come into the season with and that’s where you want to be with a great offense.”

Chiefs HC Andy Reid mentioned that McKinnon’s experience is a welcome addition.

“He’s experienced,” Reid said. “He’s been doing this awhile and he does it well. He sure has a nice feel for the pass game. I look forward to giving him the whole package once we get [to training camp] and let’s see what he can do once we get playing real football.”

Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy added Edwards-Helaire is getting more comfortable in his second season.

“It’s just making sure he has a better understanding of exactly what we’re doing,” Bieniemy said. “When you come in as a rookie, obviously everything is brand new and every week is a new playbook for you in a sense. So he’s had an opportunity to get a season under his feet.

“Everything is starting to make more sense to him. With the wisdom he had obtained in our system, it’s going to help him to know exactly what we expect him to do when placed in certain situations.”


Raiders QB Derek Carr said he would welcome playing with former college teammate and current Packers WR Davante Adams again.

“I’ve learned in this business you never shut a door on anything,” Carr said, via Pro Football Talk. “I think he’s obviously the best receiver — everybody says one of the best, he’s the best receiver in the NFL. The guy is unbelievable. He’s been one of my best friends since we were in college. I love the guy.

“I would always welcome [playing] with him again. I think it would unlock some things in both of us that people haven’t seen yet. And I’m always open to that and I will be recruiting very hard. So when that time comes, it will be a full-court press.”

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