AFC Notes: Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Chargers

  • Daniel Popper of The Athletic mentioned that WR Jalen Guyton was the third receiver for the Chargers in practice.
  • As expected, T Sam Tevi manned the left tackle spot, while G Dan Feeney, C Mike Pouncey, G Trai Turner, and T Bryan Bulaga are expected to fill out the remaining starting jobs.
  • Once a favorite to be the starter, T Trey Pipkins took reps as the team’s third-string left tackle. CB Desmond King also did not receive any first-team reps in practice.
  • Popper took note of rookie RB Joshua Kelley, who he believes will likely be the bruiser running behind Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.
  • Chargers first-round LB Kenneth Murray has been held out of practice some the past two days due to soreness but HC Anthony Lynn indicated the team is just being cautious. (Popper)
  • Chargers DC Gus Bradley says Uchenna Nwosu will stay at LEO defensive end, the same position as Melvin Ingram, and will no longer rotate at SAM linebacker. (Popper)
  • Ingram’s contract dissatisfaction could be influence by the recent massive deal his teammate DE Joey Bosa signed. Bosa said he supports Ingram’s push for a new deal: “We’ve talked a little bit, and all I have to say is I’m going to support him. He’s going to make the best decision for him and his family. I have faith in him that he’s going to make the right decisions.” (Jeff Miller)

Chiefs

  • Per ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Chiefs S Juan Thornhill appeared to return to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday. Thornhill was activated from the PUP list as he continues to work back from a late-season ACL tear. 
  • Chiefs HC Andy Reid said both DT Chris Jones (groin) and DE Frank Clark (illness) were still working through their issues and were held out of practice. (Nate Taylor)
  • Reid indicated the team feels solid about their depth at cornerback despite the four-game suspension for CB Bashaud Breeland: “Time will tell here. We’ve got a good nucleus of guys. We should be fine there.” (Teicher)

Raiders

  • Per the Athletic’s Vic Tafur, Raiders HC Jon Gruden says veteran OT Sam Young has been the swing tackle ahead of David Sharpe working in the starting lineup: “He is a salty veteran. He’s been a swing tackle, has played tight end … He is pro football. He is making a good impression.”
  • Raiders undrafted LB Javin White continues to impress and might push for a roster spot ahead of Kyle Wilber. Raiders DE Maxx Crosby brought up the former UNLV star without being asked: “Javin White came downhill like a … animal … I remembered that I can’t cuss on here.” (Tafur)
  • Tafur notes that despite receiving praise from Gruden, Raiders QB Marcus Mariota looks stiff throwing the ball and might still be feeling some effects of his elbow injury last year. Tafur doesn’t see Mariota unseating starting QB Derek Carr any time soon. 
  • Raiders S Lamarcus Joyner returned to practice Tuesday while RT Trent Brown remained out. (Tashan Reed)
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