NFL Notes: Broncos, Raiders, Rams



Broncos CB Bradley Roby, who’s in a contract year, says he plans to “ball out” in 2018 and hopefully be back in Denver for the foreseeable future.

“I ball every game. The way I will ball this season, you know, I am thinking about (becoming a core player). This is the team that drafted me. I love being in Denver. I have a house here,” Roby tells Troy Renck of Denver7. “There are great fans, great coaches, great personnel up top. So I am definitely thinking about being the guy for years to come. That’s definitely on my mind.”


Raiders DE Bruce Irvin says that third-round pick Arden Key reminds him of Aldon Smith.

“He’s a really natural rusher. He reminds me a lot of the old 99 (Aldon Smith) that was here,” Irvin said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “If he keeps his head on straight, which he will, he’s going to be a hell of a player and a hell of a player for the Raiders. Can’t wait to see what he’s going to do this year.”


After making the decision to resume his NFL career, despite concussion issues that kept him out for two seasons, Rams CB Sam Shields took part in his first padded practice since the 2016 season on Sunday.

“It’s hard mentally for anybody to come back and put these pads on,” Shields said, via “But like I said before, I’m just happy to be here with my brothers. That’s the most important part.”

“He’s doing a great job,” McVay said of Shields. “Elite man-to-man skills, unbelievable lateral agility and just short-space quickness. He’s a great guy. … We’re hoping he’s able to stay healthy.

Shields added that he believes he made the right choice in returning.

“I think I made the right choice,” Shields said. “You’ve got to be mentally strong.

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