AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders




Chargers HC Anthony Lynn seemed to hint the team was looking at making linebacker a priority in the upcoming draft. Los Angeles brought back Denzel Perryman and has second-year LB Drue Tranquill but there’s a void after the team cut LB Thomas Davis to clear salary. One wildcard in the equation is converted safety Kyzir White who’s entering his third season. However, White is still dealing with a knee injury that limited his playing time in 2019. 

“I don’t want to put any type of limitations on him or any of our players,” Lynn said via the Athletic’s Daniel Popper. “But coming off his rookie year, we knew we just wanted to monitor him a little bit more than what we did because he couldn’t finish the season. And so this year could be different. I sure like to hope so because he can do a lot more than what he did last year, when he’s healthy. But we have to see how he feels going through camp this year and how the knee is.”


New Raiders ILB Nick Kwiatkoski said the organization selling him on being a three-down linebacker was “very appealing” to him during the free-agent process. 

I felt that I’ve earned that spot, and that’s something I looked for in free agency,” Kwiatkoski said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports. “When they told me that, it was very appealing.”

Kwiatkoski feels the Raiders’ defensive scheme is a good fit for him and their move to Las Vegas was another selling point.

“They called very early and, when I spoke to them, it was very clear there’s an excitement around the whole organization with the move to Las Vegas,” Kwiatkoski said. “That was one of a number of reasons why I [made my decision]. When we played them in London last year and I just loved the mentality they brought to the game where they come right at you. With their defensive scheme, I thought I’d fit right in. I gave it some time and took some other calls, but I ended up thinking the Raiders were the best fit for me.

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