AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders



  • The Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran says DE DeMarcus Walker nearly didn’t make the roster last year and the 2017 second-round pick could be a cut if the Broncos keep only five defensive linemen. 
  • O’Halloran mentions Todd Davis and Josey Jewell as the two primary linebackers in base and nickel defenses, with fifth-round rookie Justin Hollins also an option behind those two at inside linebacker. 


The Chargers one again plan for RB Melvin Gordon to be the centerpiece of their offense. Gordon worked this offseason on adding speed and explosiveness, while HC Anthony Lynn said the plan is to limit Gordon’s touches during the preseason and regular season to keep him fresh at the end of the year. 

“I want to be an all-around back,” Gordon said via ESPN’s Eric Williams. “I say it every year. Even the things I’m good at, I want to be great. Things I’m average at, I want to be great. That’s just who I am. I just want to keep working, keep grinding and just be the best running back out there.”


  • NBC Sports’ Scott Bair writes that Raiders fourth-round DE Maxx Crosby could be a solid contributor for Oakland this year if he adds some weight and transitions well from a small school to the NFL. 
  • Bair adds the expectation isn’t for Crosby to be a full-time player, though that would obviously be nice, but rather for him to provide a spark as a situational pass rusher. 
  • ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez listed Raiders G Richie Incognito as a potential veteran cut. While Incognito is a strong candidate to start, he also has a short leash because of his history of off-the-field issues. 

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