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NFL Training Camp Reports: AFC West 1st August

All AFC West teams have begun training camp, and the 2016 NFL season unofficially starts now.


DENVER BRONCOS

The defending Super Bowl champs have a new mindset to allocate for the new season. Head coach Gary Kubiak spoke at their first practice, preaching about how they aren’t defending anything.

“I told them we’re not defending anything, we’re chasing the next one, and we’re going to work on the next one, we’ll focus that way as a team.”

These strong words resonated with the players, especially running back C.J. Anderson. 

“I agree…Super Bowl 50 is ours; you can’t go back to get 50, it’s on to 51.”

Mark Sanchez ran first reps at first, with Trevor Siemian taking second reps, however things changed on Saturday. The Broncos held their third practice July 30th, their first in full pads. Interesting enough, Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian split reps 50/50. According to milehighreport.com writer Scotty Payne, head coach Gary Kubiak said the two are doing “really well”, but hopes installing the offense can speed up soon.

“We are installing the offense, so it takes us eight days to put our whole offense in. We’ll keep doing what we are doing. I want to see them do things a little faster, but that comes with confidence in what we are doing.”

Quarterback Paxton Lynch is off to a rough start, which is not a surprise to the organization considering he is a rookie and is trying to adjust to the speed of the NFL. Payne reports he did finish off Saturday’s practice strong.

In injury news, nose tackles Phil Taylor and Sylvester Williams did not participate in Saturday’s practice due to injuries suffered on Friday. MRIs came back negative for both players, and Kubiak expects them to be back soon. Cornerback Aqib Talib was seen running hills Saturday, a good sign he will come off the NFI list soon. Talib was placed on the NFI list in June after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a nightclub. Veteran edge rusher Demarcus Ware is still on the NFI list, and the team does not plan to rush his return to the field.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Training camp started July 30th for the Chiefs, as they hold their first team practice of the 2016 season. However, biggest news doesn’t come from the practice field. Tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, signed a four year, $48 million extension, with $40 million guaranteed. This contract extension secures a vital part of an offensive line that went through nine different lineups last season, mostly due to injuries.

Not all contract news regarding the Chiefs is good news. Eric Berry was a no show to veteran reporting day, and the two have yet to continue contract talks. Berry, who is a nonexclusive franchise player, cannot get fined for missing training camp due to his tag. Berry does not have to sign until right before the season, and could still cash in on the $10.8 million tag.

Running back Jamaal Charles starts training camp on the PUP list, and some reports say he could even miss the beginning of the regular season. I hope the best for the two players, they are pivotal to the Chiefs’ success.

OAKLAND RAIDERS

The continuing success between quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper is not limited to the football field. According to Jimmy Durking, a sports writer from the Bay Area, the duo is rooming together during the duration of camp. The wideout from Alabama had enlightening things to say about his Fresno State companion.

“Just getting to know each other more. It’s always a good thing. We get to talk more…That chemistry, getting as close to each other as we can and just building a better relationship so that it correlates on the field.”

With veterans like Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck gone, expect to see young stars like Carr, Cooper, and linebacker Khalil Mack take on more leadership this season. The Silver and Black’s third practice will be their first in full pads where we’ll get to see some real action.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Bad news out of SD, as the Chargers first round pick Joey Bosa does not report to training camp amid contract disputes. Head coach Mike McCoy vented his frustrations to the media.

“He definitely needs to be out here as a rookie. There’s no update on his status.”, voiced McCoy as the Chargers opened up camp Saturday. “But he needs to be here. I think everybody needs to be here, especially as a younger player for the installations , playing with your teammates- things like that.”

Unlike the Eric Berry situation, both sides are confident they will get a deal done.

Quarterback Phillip Rivers assured fans that Bosa’s teammates are not upset with him, as this is just an example of the business side of football.

“My approach has always been these guys are our teammates. And then its not normal football. There is that business side to it. So it’s not like anybody in there is upset with him.”

Rivers went through the same thing as a rookie, when he held out three weeks due to contract troubles. The real question with Bosa is what he’ll do when he hits the field for the first time. The Bolts held their second practice Sunday.


JJ Santos

My name is JJ Santos, and I am a student at Arizona State University. I am a proud journalism student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. I have a passion for sports, music, and film because I love what people create. I want to bring my true analysis to every piece I create, whether my opinion is popular or not. I want to bring real sports to you.

NFL Training Camp Reports: AFC West 1st August

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