AFC Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Broncos

As a part of their retooled offense, the Broncos hired former Giants HC Pat Shurmur as their offensive coordinator going into 2020, and RB Phillip Lindsay is already a fan of the new scheme. 

“I think it’s gonna be simpler for us to learn,” Lindsay said via the Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala. “And I think it’s going to be aggressive. I just think that it’s what fits my style, and I’ve been able to adapt to every style, but I think that this style right here is something that is going to fit me, kind of like how my rookie year was. I’m excited about that.”

Lindsay has back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his first two years in the league, but that didn’t stop Denver from bringing in RB Melvin Gordon to potentially be the lead back. Still, Lindsay has had to fight for everything he’s gotten as an undrafted free agent and he’s not letting go of that mentality. 

“Stars fade,” Lindsay said. “You don’t want to be looking back at past success so much that you don’t put anything together for your future. I look at it as I had two good years to set up for my third year. And Year 3 I heard is when you usually have a lot of biggest gains.”

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes that a season with limited or zero fan attendance could help the home-field advantage for teams like the Broncos that play more games in the elements. 

Chiefs

 

  • Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes that it has “never seemed likely the Chiefs would be able to get a long-term deal done with stud defensive tackle Chris Jones.”
  • Instead, La Canfora expects that Jones will likely be a one-year rental for the Chiefs and depart in free agency next for a big-money contract with another team.
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes that a season with limited or zero fan attendance could hurt the home-field advantage teams like the Chiefs have traditionally had. 

Raiders

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer thinks the Raiders have a good chance to make the playoffs in 2020, especially with the addition of the third wildcard spot, given that they’re strong on both the offensive and defensive lines.  
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