AFC Notes: Chargers, Chiefs, Titans

     

Chargers

There are plenty of questions over whether Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert will be the Chargers’ starting quarterback this season, but Taylor is still preparing as if he will be the starter and knew the team would draft a quarterback.

“I figured that the Chargers would take a quarterback,” Taylor said, via ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry. “But that never necessarily changed my mindset or my attack to the year. I was drafted in the sixth round and even that day that I got drafted, I always had the mindset to prepare like a starter. So, regardless of the circumstances, that’s how I stay mentally in it and that’s how I prepare myself mentally.”

Taylor also notes that the situation is strikingly similar to the one he was put in when he joined the Cleveland Browns and they drafted QB Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick.

“A lot of things that happened in Cleveland was out of my control, but I never changed my attitude towards what I can do and towards the team,” Taylor said. “Moving forward to this one, whether it’s viewed as the same circumstances, I focus on what I can control, and that’s me bringing my ‘A’ game each and every day, being a leader and bringing great energy towards the building.”

Chiefs

  • Per ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Chiefs HC Andy Reid said S Juan Thornhill, who tore his ACL in the regular-season finale last year, is on the PUP list as he continues his recovery: “We’ll have to see how and when (he practices). He’s not ready obviously right now.”
  • Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins said he content taking a more incentive-based contract to save Kansas City money so he could stay on board and help win: “I think I’ve made enough money.” (Teicher
  • Watkins added he isn’t concerned about targets in 2020 now despite some offseason comments indicating otherwise: “I’m past that. I just want to get back to football.” (Teicher)

Titans

Titans RB Derrick Henry said he has been training throughout the offseason while in Dallas, Texas. 

“I really do drills (for) conditioning, to open up my lungs and make sure I am in shape,” Henry said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site. “That is really the focal point, to make sure my body is in shape. … I really looked to do some hill work, tried to find a good hill, a steep hill, and I found them when I was training in Dallas. I just wanted to get some hill work and see how in condition I was (in) and it was really some good work. … I liked it and I tried to do as much as I could when I had the time.”

Henry said he is focused on continuing his development in 2020. 

“(I want to) get better every day, continue to get better, continue to try and elevate my game each time I step on the field, or in a meeting,” Henry said. “That will always be my focus.”

Henry added that he is excited about training camp and competing against his teammates. 

“I think we are all just excited to be back together, to be back to work and getting things rolling. We’re just taking it a day at a time until we are able to get out there and put pads on and compete against each other. We just want to keep building momentum as we compete with one another during camp.”

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