Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said they “absolutely” considered signing veteran free-agent QB Cam Newton but the team is comfortable moving forward with Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick, and first-round pick Justin Herbert.
“Absolutely. Cam’s a tremendous quarterback; he’s been an MVP of this league, he’s led his team to a Super Bowl, and he’s healthy now, from what I hear,” said Lynn, via Zach Gleb. “I feel really good about the quarterback room that I have with Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick; those are guys a lot of people don’t talk about…”
Coming off a Super Bowl win, the Chiefs are still making an effort to stay hungry in 2020, focusing on areas they can still improve. One of those is on defense, where Kansas City struggled to defend the run. Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens said they feel inspired to raise their game in that area after being carried by the offense and pass defense.
“Oh yeah,” Hitchens said via NFL Media’s Grant Gordon. “We improved from Week 7 through the whole season and I think we can get better in the run game. Our [defensive backs] and our secondary saved us a lot of games. [Tyrann Mathieu] and people getting picks and batted balls on fourth downs and all that. Once we get that going with the run game, not making predictions or anything like that, but we should be a top-five defense.”
- Raiders HC Jon Gruden on his mostly silent offseason: “To be honest I’ve just been low key. I’m not saying much. Football is kind of not as important right now to anybody given the circumstances. So I’ve just kind of been under the radar trying to get my team ready to go.” (Jerry McDonald)
- Jeremy Fowler reports the Raiders and CB Prince Amukamara plan to complete his physical this week via a third party so that he can quickly join virtual team meetings.
- Raiders RB Devontae Booker‘s one-year, $1.0475 million deal includes $50,000 guaranteed. (Adam Caplan)
- Jerry McDonald takes a look at 10 players for the Raiders who will have their work cut out for them when it comes to making the 53 man roster next season including: K Daniel Carlson, DE Arden Key, TE Derek Carrier, LB Nicholas Morrow, WR Zay Jones, CB Nick Nelson, T Brandon Parker, WR Keelan Doss, LB Kyle Wilber, and DT P.J. Hall.