AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders


Broncos TE Jake Butt is working his way back from his third ACL tear in his playing career. While Butt says he’s “sure there’ll be some plan in place so I’m not taking a million reps” during training camp, he says that’s not going to hold him back from learning the offense.

“I know my job on every single play,” Butt said via Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post. “There shouldn’t be [a] slow start in camp. There’s no excuse.”


Chargers GM Tom Telesco believes fifth-round QB Easton Stick has a lot of “make it qualities” and praised his accuracy, poise, and touch. 

He’s a guy that we really like,” Telesco said, via Ricky Henne of the team’s official site. “For quarterbacks that don’t really go high in the draft, we think he has a lot of qualities that are ‘make it’ qualities. He’s a fifth-round pick. When you look at his production in college, his toughness, his leadership — his intangibles are off the charts. He’s a great athlete, too, in the pocket as far as moving around, making plays with his feet and extending the play. He’s very accurate. Like I said, he has great touch with the ball. He has great poise — doesn’t get rattled very easily. There are a lot of qualities that we look for in a quarterback.

Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt added that Stick impressed their coaching staff after successfully detailing a “packet” of plays on the board. 

We sent him a packet with some things and when he came in, we quizzed him on it,” Whisenhunt said. “We did something a little bit different this time. Usually, we’ll ask them specific questions about plays in the packet. This time, we just said, ‘Draw everything that you can remember.’ Usually, it’s about three plays — three pass plays and a couple of runs. (Stick) was very impressive. It’s still on the board in (my office), the three plays that he drew up and how detailed they were. For a college football player having to learn something that’s a little bit different than what he’s done, put the time in and come back without any notice and be able to put it back up on the board was really impressive.


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