AFC West Notes: Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders



According to Chargers HC Anthony Lynn, the odds of RB Melvin Gordon returning from his MCL sprain in Week 14 are better this week.

“His chances are better this week than they were last week, but we don’t want to put him out there too soon,” Lynn said, per Mike DiGiovanna.

  • Lynn said of the decision to release RT Joe Barksdale: “At this point in time, it was best for Joe and best for the Chargers. ...We had a good conversation with him this morning. All I can say is he’s in a good place, we’re in a good place, and we wish him well.” (Mike DiGiovanna)
  • As for OC Ken Whisenhunt interviewing for Georgia Tech job, Lynn said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s his job to turn down, because he’s a heck of a football coach.” (Mike DiGiovanna)


Chiefs HC Andy Reid says he isn’t worried about QB Patrick Mahomes running the ball more now that they’ve moved on from RB Kareem Hunt

“Some of those were off the (run-pass option) stuff and the reads,” Reid said, via Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star. “Then he had a couple just by the way they were playing. They were pushing towards the RPO stuff and they created seams there, so we were able to attack those when we had a true pass on. . . .

“They were good adjustments, and he’s not taking big hits on those. He’s getting down, and we’re getting out of bounds — which is important. I’m not too worried about that. There are going to be games when you’ve got to do that. That’s what’s available, and you’ve got to take advantage of that. I’ve got confidence in the other guys, the other two running backs, that they can play. I don’t have a problem there.


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