AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Broncos

Broncos LB Bradley Chubb burst onto the scene as a rookie, notching 12 sacks in his NFL debut. For many players, 12 would be a dream season and likely a career-high. His teammates say Chubb, though, is just getting started. 

“He’s a totally different player,” Broncos LB Von Miller said via Aric DiLalla of the team’s official website. “… He’s going to have the same jersey number on, but he’s going to look totally different. He’s been working on a lot of stuff. I’m excited for him.”

Chubb has been a terror so far during the preseason and seems like a perfect fit in new HC Vic Fangio‘s defense. With Miller drawing attention across from him, the two are poised to wreck opponents this season. 

“I don’t even know what he did,” Miller said. “If I find out what he did, I’m going to start doing it. I think it’s just natural. I think it’s just natural for defensive players to take a huge leap from Year 1 to 2. You saw it with me. I had 11 sacks and I jumped to 18.5 sacks my second year. You saw the same thing with Khalil Mack and Vic Beasley and all of these guys. Same thing with Bradley Chubb. I don’t know if it’s a certain drill or sleep or whatever else, I just think it’s exposure and time. He will definitely be a brand-new player this season.”

  • Per the Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala, Bill Bowlen’s lawsuit against the trustees, including Broncos CEO Joe Ellis, of former Broncos owner Pat Bowlen‘s trust has been dismissed. 
  • Jhabvala says Bill Bowlen expected his lawsuit alleging the trustees failed to act in Pat Bowlen’s best interests to be dismissed when he passed away in June. 
  • The arbitration between the trustees and Pat Bowlen’s oldest daughters is also on hold. 

Chiefs

Raiders

Raiders HC Jon Gruden said it is going to be a “challenge” to determine the team’s final roster cuts on Saturday. 

It’ll be a challenge for us,” Gruden said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports. “[Mike] Mayock is going to have to have his boxing gloves on. We’re going to have some fights about this roster.

Gruden added that the Raiders could look at players who become available following Saturday’s roster cuts. 

I think the big part of that is the injury status of our team, and who becomes available,” Gruden said. “We’ve been talking to a lot of teams, a lot of teams have been talking to us about roster changes, etc., so there’s a lot that goes into that right now.”

Raiders ST coach Rich Bisaccia said the team’s preseason game against the Packers in Winnipeg, Canada “lost an evaluation game” given the field was only 80-yards. 

Guys are fighting for their livelihood and we lost an evaluation game,” Bisaccia said, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic

Bisaccia said he is not given an allotted number of players for special teams and the Raiders are focused on determining their “best 53 players.”

Not really,” Bisaccia said. “There are no ‘X’ number of spots that I get. We’re all just trying to keep the best 53 players that give us a chance to win every week. And we all have input on that.”

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