AFC Notes: Chiefs, Raiders, Ravens

     

Chiefs

  • James Palmer mentions that the Chiefs believe second-round LB Willie Gay Jr. will be an impact player early in his career and that he brings unique athleticism that will be used in both the run and pass defense of DC Steve Spagnuolo.
  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald mentions the Dolphins tried to sign CB Javaris Davis as an undrafted free agent but he elected to go to Kansas City. 

Raiders

The Raiders have continued construction on their new stadium in Las Vegas despite a battery of workers testing positive for COVID-19. Sixteen workers tested positive on May 1 and there were 15 reported positive cases last weekend, though it’s possible there’s some overlap. While the stadium is projected to be finished by the time the team needs it to start the season, Raiders owner Mark Davis acknowledged it could be a close call. 

“The least important thing in life is the score at half time,” Davis said in an interview with 1100 ESPN via Mick Ackers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Until you get the job done, you just don’t know. When we do that ribbon-cutting you may see me wipe a bead of sweat off my brow.”

  • According to the Athletic’s Vic Tafur, the Raiders were asking for a mid-to-late-round pick for G Gabe Jackson but didn’t get any bites. Jackson’s $9.35 million base salary for 2020 became guaranteed Monday. 

Ravens

The Ravens know a few things for sure about their offensive line in 2020. They know both starting tackles and they know Bradley Bozeman will start, either for another season at left guard or after moving inside to center. Beyond that, Ravens HC John Harbaugh said there will be a stiff competition between free-agent addition D.J. Fluker, 2019 fourth-round G Ben Powers and UDFA Patrick Mekari, and 2020 rookie OL Tyre Phillips and Ben Bredeson for the final two starting positions along the interior. 

“We have [Bozeman], who can play center,” Harbaugh said via SI.com’s Todd Karpovich. “There’s just a lot of ways we can do it. We’re going to find out about the first two or three weeks of training camp what looks the best and then let them fight it out. Let them compete. We’ll have our best five guys. I do know the two tackles, Bozeman’s going to start.”

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