AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders


It’s been a long road back for Broncos TE Jake Butt, as he had a setback earlier in camp as he rehabbed his third ACL tear. Butt returned to the field in Denver’s third preseason game, however, and feels like he’s “turned the corner” in his recovery. 

“I’ve got to look at the tape, but I feel pretty good about what I did out there,” Butt said via Aric DiLalla of the team’s website. “[I] had a couple catches, I thought I blocked well and came out healthy. So it’s all good.”

  • According to 9News’ Mike Klis, another Broncos undrafted rookie free agent to keep an eye on for a roster spot is OL John Leglue because of his flexibility. Leglue played guard in college at Tulane and has been working at offensive tackle for Denver. 
  • Denver saved a total of $3.25 million by releasing DT Zach Kerr and LB Dekoda Watson Monday. (Ryan O’Halloran)
  • Kerr cost the Broncos $300,000 in dead cap while saving $1.75 million, while releasing Watson saved $1.5 million. 


  • Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said the team is still settling on the final five starting offensive linemen for the season opener, per the Athletic’s Daniel Popper
  • Rookie third-round OT Trey Pipkins could still start at tackle, per Lynn. Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp are both still competing to start at left guard. 


  • The Chiefs announced QB Chad Henne and DE Breeland Speaks will have surgery on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Adam Teicher.
  • Henne has a broken ankle, while Speaks has an MCL strain and meniscus injury. Both are potential candidates for injured reserve. 


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