AFC West Notes: Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders


  • With Jason Verrett returning and Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams on the Chargers’ roster, Ricky Henne mentions that it’s possible that Desmond King could see a dip in playing time. Even so, Henne admits that the team could look to get King snaps as their nickel corner as well as some work at safety.
  • Regarding Mike Williams, Chargers WRs coach Phil McGeoghan said: “This is a big year for Mike. Obviously, everyone evaluated him at the Combine when he was coming out. He was an unbelievable talent…. He is a big-bodied guy with a huge catch radius. Very strong hands. Some of the biggest hands I’ve ever had as a position coach. Just a really dynamic red zone threat. He’s tough, too. He has an edge to him. He’s very strong. He’s working really hard, and I’m excited about this guy.


Chiefs veteran CB Steven Nelson says he’s been working at outside corner after the team traded for Kendall Fuller this offseason.

I’m an outside corner,” Nelson said, via Nate Taylor of The Athletic. “I’ll just say that. It’s up to the coaches. I can play both, I’m versatile. But for this (summer), I’ve been outside.”


New Raiders DC Paul Guenther says he’s looking forward to using Bruce Irvin more as a pass rusher this year.

I knew he was a really gifted rusher,” Guenther said, via “… Just coming here, I thought his best assets for us was to go forward rather than go backwards. He’s done a good job with what we’re asking him to do in the base fronts.

“Obviously, we know what he can do as a pass-rusher. Hopefully, we can get him over a double-digit [sack] mark this year. That’s the goal for him.

Irvin mentioned that both he and HC Jon Gruden have an appreciation for one another.

We’ve got a great relationship. He speaks his mind, I speak my mind. I come to work, he comes to work,” Irvin said. “You couldn’t ask to work with a [better] person like that. A guy who is football, football, football. That’s all it’s about — winning and football. That’s the type of coach you want in the building.”

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