AFC Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders


Broncos OC Pat Shurmur believes both quarterbacks Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater are improving and have shared time with the first-team offense. 

I think they’re both getting better,” Shurmur said, via Jon Heath of BroncosWire. “They’ve both gotten work with the 1’s and they’ve both had the chance to share the workload with regard to the reps. [I’ve] seen improvement in Drew from the decision making, his timing and his accuracy. Getting a feel again for Teddy, you can see the things he does well. For Teddy, it’s more getting up to speed with what we’ve done. He’s right on board with the new things that we’re doing.”

Shurmur confirmed that the competition between the two players has been good but they have “a lot of work left” before requiring a decision. 

“It’s been good. I’m sure coach Fangio has probably talked about where this is competition wise. We have a lot of work left before we play the opener. I think we’ve built a really good foundation, not only for the quarterbacks, but for the team going into training camp. We’ll be ready to go.”


  • Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap mentions that even if Chiefs DE Frank Clark has his guaranteed money voided in his contract due to his pending legal issues, Kansas City still has $20.4 million in dead money as part of his contract.


Raiders’ new RB Kenyan Drake believes the additions of himself, WR Willie Snead, and WR John Brown will help make a great offense. 

“Adding me, a couple more weapons,” Drake said, via SiriusXM NFL Radio.Willie Snead, John Brown. I just feel like this offense is definitely destined for great things.”

Drake added that he’s excited about how his role will develop while playing alongside RB Josh Jacobs. 

I’m definitely excited to see how our roles continue to develop with obviously Josh being the main guy to do what he needs to do because I have much respect and love for him and his game and what coach (Jon) Gruden has planned for us in that specific capacity,” Drake said. “But I feel like I might have a big role in this offense. With them being a top-10 offense last year, the sky is the limit for us. I’m ready to see us take it to the next level.”

Drake called Raiders’ Derek Carr a “cerebral” quarterback and commented on Carr’s connection to HC Jon Gruden. 

“He’s just very cerebral,” Drake said. “Like I said, it’s not taking anything away from the guys that I played with. But he has the ability to kind of be the OC or the coach on the field. Obviously, that’s what you look for in a quarterback, in general. But with him being the longest-tenured Raider, with him having the kind of connection that he has with Gruden, it’s kind of crazy. It’s almost like when we’re in meetings, literally any question Gruden asks him, it’s like second nature to him. He just has the ability to kind of spit off anything that Gruden wants him to do. Gruden’s always really touting about how if there’s a look on the field, he gives Carr the option, two, three plays, deep within the play to get to the best play that’s gonna give us success.”

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