AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs


  • Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic wonders if the limited offseason could hurt the progression of the Broncos’ young offense.
  • Two players Jhabavala mentions could have a big impact this offseason are DE Dre’Mont Jones and rookie C Lloyd Cushenberry.
  • She also believes that RB Melvin Gordon will be the starter over incumbent RB Phillip Lindsay and notes that GM John Elway has said there is going to be an open competition at left tackle between Garett Bolles and Elijah Wilkinson.
  • Jhabvala thinks that rookie CB Essang Bassey has the ability to make an impact in an “uncertain” cornerback room.
  • Troy Renck spoke with Broncos WR Diontae Spencer, who said he is excited about the speed Denver added with receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler. Spencer also told Renck that he hopes for a bigger role with the team beyond being a return specialist.


With new uniforms and a new stadium, the Chargers are hoping to increase their fanbase in 2020. They also have several new additions that GM Tom Telesco hopes will provide a fresh start as the team begins to rebuild.

“It’s going to be a little bit of a new era of Charger football, and not just stadium-wise, but football team-wise,” Telesco said on Fox Sports Radio, via ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry. “But it’s exciting, it really is, to try and build this, build it the right way, get people behind us. We’re starting from scratch.”

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn spoke about the team’s offense and mentioned that both the quarterbacks and skill players will allow the offense to try different schemes.

“It’s a mobile group that allows you, I think, to open your offense up and do some different things,” said Lynn of the offense. “And they put pressure on the defense in a different way than before.”


Chiefs rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire says that he is trying to soak up as much knowledge as he can now that he is once again the rookie amongst the group in the running back room.

“I’m the young guy in the room,” Edwards-Helaire explained, via “I’m 21 years old, and right now I’m learning. I’m a rookie, so I’m staying in my place and I’m doing what I need to do.”

Edwards-Helaire mentioned that he’s used to being in a crowded running back room dating back to his time at LSU.

“It’s just like I’m in the same position I was three years ago,” Edwards-Helaire said. “I was going into a college football room where Leonard [Fournette] had just left and I was in a room with Derrius Guice, Darrel Williams — who is actually in the room now — and Nick Brossette. I had guys, I was going into a stacked room again and ultimately I went in to learn. That’s the biggest thing — If you can learn from guys who have experienced the things that you’re about to encounter, you can only benefit from it.”

  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Chiefs have not had any contract talks with franchise-tagged DT Chris Jones in several months.

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