AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs



An AFC executive, who spoke to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, agrees with the Broncos’ decision to invest heavily in weapons around QB Drew Lock

“When you have a young quarterback you’re trying to instill confidence in, the best way to do so is to surround him with talent, whether he’s ready for it or not,” the exec said. “Most young quarterbacks will experience some level of hardship, and the good organizations help them get past that and find long-term success. That’s what Denver is trying to do here. They seem to be taking the long view with Drew.

Regarding Lock, an AFC coach added that he’s really “come a long way” since coming out of college. 

“He has come a long way,” the coach said. “My whole thing was I didn’t think he was an instant starter. I’m still not sure and he’s gotta prove it, but we’re gonna see what he does with those weapons — big-time weapons.

  • Per the Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala, Broncos OT Elijah Wilkinson had a minor cleanup surgery on his left foot and said on Instagram he expects to be ready for the start of the season. Wilkinson suffered a high ankle sprain late last season. 


  • Albert Breer of SI wasn’t surprised that Chargers HC Anthony Lynn admitted they had considered signing QB Cam Newton.
  • Breer writes the Chargers basically kept the Newton option open until they drafted QB Justin Herbert in round one. Now that Herbert is in line as the team’s quarterback of the future, Breer says his development is top priority for the Chargers and having a veteran in place like Tyrod Taylor is valuable. 


  • Per Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs ST coordinator Dave Toub called former P Dustin Colquitt “the best punter” he’s ever coached. 
  • However, Toub said he had Colquitt’s replacement, rookie UDFA P Tommy Townsend, as his top punter in this year’s class. 
  • Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland, who was arrested a few weeks ago in South Carolina, has been attending Kansas City’s virtual OTA’s. (Adam Teicher)
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