AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders



  • James Palmer says that Broncos second-round WR Courtland Sutton has “made at least one highlight-reel catch per day during his first NFL training camp.
  • In fact, a veteran player tells Palmer that Sutton is “locked in” as the team’s No. 3 receiver: “He’s the third receiver. It’s already locked in. Everyone knows it.
  • Troy Renck considers Jake Butt to be the current leader for the Broncos’ pass-catching tight end role.



Former first-round OLB Dee Ford says he’s hoping to put it all together for the Chiefs this season after what has been a disappointing start to his career.

“I see [this season] as an opportunity to bring everything together,” Ford said, via “Everyone’s seen flashes of what I can do. This is the opportunity to really [show it] for 16 games. In order to be a great player you have to be consistent. You can’t just be good [like 2016 in] those first 10 games or so before I got hurt. Everybody was like, ‘That’s the guy we expected,’ and then I got hurt. … This is the time to put it all together.

Chiefs GM Brett Veach said that Ford has flashed first-round ability, but he’s clearly in a make-or-break year.

“It’s not a secret,” Veach said. “He was a first-round pick and he’s shown some flashes. Obviously the last couple of years were affected by injury and it’s common knowledge he’s going to be a free agent. We’re excited to have him in the mindset where he wants to show that he is able to put it all together.”


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