AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Broncos

  • Per ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, Broncos HC Vic Fangio said CB Bryce Callahan wouldn’t practice this week after giving it a go Tuesday and it was increasingly likely Callahan would go to injured reserve. 
  • Fangio hinted the Broncos would use Callahan’s spot to activate WR Tim Patrick from injured reserve. 
  • Fangio told reporters OT Ja’Wuan James and TE Jeff Heuerman didn’t look great at practice and it was “50-50 or less” that either would play Sunday. (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • Fangio mentioned second-round QB Drew Lock is getting 8-10 snaps with the offense during practice: “Which doesn’t sound like a lot, but the offense is only getting 38, 39 snaps total. So when you look at it that way, it’s pretty significant.” (Jhabvala)
  • Fangio noted new CB Cyrus Jones, who was claimed off waivers from the Ravens, wasn’t brought in to compete with WR Diontae Spencer as a returner: “No, he was available. We liked him to some degree. We want to see what he is as a DB first and foremost, and then that he can return punts is a bonus.” (Jhabvala)

Chiefs

A month ago, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes gave the entire NFL world a scare when he had to leave a Thursday night game with a knee injury. It turned out to be a dislocated knee that only kept the reigning MVP out for three games. Now, Mahomes says he feels as good as he did before the season starter. 

“The moment I got out on that field and you kind of get your mind off of it and you’re just able to focus on what you need to focus on in order to have success as a team, I think that was kind of the moment for me,” Mahomes said via ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “I think pregame and throughout the week and you’re trying to push it to kind of see what you can do and what you can’t do. When I got out on that field, I realized I was good to go and everything I had done with the trainers and doctors had prepared me for the game.”

Raiders

The Raiders signed DE Dion Jordan with the hope that he would add some juice to their pass rush down the stretch, as Oakland finds itself firmly in contention for a playoff spot. First, however, Jordan has to get on the field, as he’s been waiting out a 10-game suspension for PED use this season. 

“I have that opportunity,” Jordan said via Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’m ready to go. I’m just going to do whatever I have to do mentally and physically, and it’s up to [the team when] to pull the trigger. I’m just going to prove on the field and in the film room that I’m doing my best. The rest will fall into place.”

Jordan believes he’s also a good fit in the team’s defensive system. 

A lot of young guys who just know how to go. I feel like I fit right in with these dudes. That’s how I play – I just go…I’m just happy I found an organization that kind of fit me, personality-wise,” said Jordan, via Paul Gutierrez.

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