AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders



Even for an organization that’s been starved for quality quarterback play since Peyton Manning retired, Broncos second-round rookie QB Drew Lock‘s first two games have been sensational. After a win against the Chargers last week, Lock threw three touchdowns and only five incompletions en route to blowing out the Texans. However, HC Vic Fangio pumped the brakes, saying all that Lock’s two games have proven is that he can play well for two games. 

“I don’t know, it’s two games,” Fangio said via Mike Klis of KUSA. “Who’s long-term right now? He’s done well for two games, that’s about all it is.”

  • Broncos rookie DL Dre’Mont Jones has a high ankle sprain and is undergoing an MRI today to determine the severity of the issue. However, he figures to miss at least one week. (Klis)



Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes told reporters after Sunday’s game that his hand “doesn’t feel great right now but it’s something that you play with.”

In this sport, you’re going to get hurt, you’re going to bang something,” Mahomes said, via Pro Football Talk. “So for me, it’s about going out there and competing and relying on my teammates to help me out whenever I’m not feeling 100 percent.”

  • Chiefs HC Andy Reid confirmed on Monday that Mahomes didn’t suffer any kind of break and his hand was just bruised. (Adam Teicher)


  • Per NBC Sports’ Scott Bair, Raiders HC Jon Gruden wouldn’t rule out either first-round rookie RB Josh Jacobs or OT Trent Brown returning to play this year despite each dealing with injuries: “We’re never going to put a guy out there but we’re going into the last game ever at Oakland Coliseum. We’re going to try and win the game. We’re not eliminated from the playoffs. We have to win every single time we strap it on.”
  • Gruden added the team would be making some changes on defense after allowing 42 points to the Titans: “Yesterday was sickening. Can’t allow that to happen ever again.” (Vic Tafur)
  • Gruden confirmed Raiders fifth-round rookie TE Foster Moreau will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. (Bair)
  • The Raiders tried out DEs Ade Aruna and Olsen Pierre; LBs Travis Feeney and Jeff Holland; and CBs Dontae Johnson and Jayson Stanley on Friday. (Howard Balzer)
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