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NFL Training Camp Reports AFC West Aug 9th: Talib Returns to Field, Likely to Be Suspended 8 Games

With preseason openers looming, practice is shifting from individual position battles to game preparation.


DENVER BRONCOS

Monday’s practice consisted of Aqib Talib returning, the Bronco’s defense dominating, Mark Sanchez struggling, Trevor Siemian struggling, and Paxton Lynch having another on and off day.

Even though Talib returned to the field for the first time since June, it will most likely not be for long. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports a knowledgeable source tells him Talib is facing at least an eight game suspension. It seems as if Supreme Leader Goodell (I mean Commissioner Goodell) wants to make yet another unnecessary statement to the players. The Broncos will have to rely on cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Bradley Robey in the meantime.

Mark Sanchez had another…just terrible day. According to Scotty Payne of milehighreport.com Sanchez threw a pick six Monday during practice, his third one of training camp. It seems as if Bradley Roby is Sanchez’s kryptonite, as he picked him off for a touchdown for the second consecutive practice Monday. Sanchez also had another massive mental blunder when he accidentally took a knee in the red zone during a two-minute drill, much to the defenses excitement.

Trevor Siemian had an average day, which is unsettling for Broncos’ fans alike because…well him and Sanchez look like busts already. Paxton Lynch had an “up and down” day, which is normal considering he is still a rookie. He has shown the team a great deal of mobility, but his accuracy is not where it should be. Head coach Gary Kubiak will name a starter for the preseason game tomorrow.

Not all the news for the offense is bad as rookie running back Devontae Booker, from Utah, has been “impressive” and Kubiak had good things to say about him today.

“He’s impressive. Today, he was really doing some great stuff. He’s right there…We’ll play him a lot in the preseason. it’ll be up to him. We’ll see.”

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Good news hitting the Chiefs as wide receiver Albert Wilson practices for the first time in almost a week. Running back Knile Davis also returned to practice Monday after taking a huge hit from free safety Daniel Sorenson during Sunday’s practice, leading Davis to get an MRI later that day. It seems as if the MRI came back clean because Davis was back on the field Monday, even though it was only shells and pads.

Cuts are starting to come slowly but surely in Kansas City, demonstrated by the first depth chart released Sunday. No big surprises came about the frost depth chart, however that will change as camp continues and we will start to see more cuts.

The offense has been thriving the last few days, and Alex Smith has looked sharp. Smith is throwing lasers on the field, and his decision making is as quick as it has been in his career. Nick Foles and Tyler Bray have been splitting second team reps, with Bray looking more comfortable in the captain’s seat, probably due to his knowledge of the playbook. Rookie Kevin Hogan has seen his reps cut significantly with the addition of Nick Foles. Their preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on August 13th. 

The receiving play is where it needs to be, as Tyreek Hill has another good practice Monday, along with tight ends Travis Kelce and Ross Travis. 

Justin Houston, Tamba Hall and Jamaal Charles still have yet to practice and remain on the pup list. Eric Berry has still not reported to camp due to his contract situation.

OAKLAND RAIDERS

The Raiders released their first depth chart, but head coach Jack del Rio did not put this list together, as it was the PR staff. The first unofficial roster has running back Taiwan Jones ahead of Deandre Washington, but reports indicate this move is based on seniority. Washington has been practicing as the No. 2 back in practice behind Latavius Murray, with Jones taking on more of a special teams role. 

The Silver and Black have endured numerous scuffles this summer during camp, but Del Rio set the record straight by kicking out offensive guard Kelechi Osemele and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr.

“A couple guys got ejected from practice. I just didn’t think they were prepared to do the things we needed to do to do to help our team continue to work. Both guys were talked to, and they understand that’s not how we do things. That’s not what we’re looking for.”

Derek Carr was recently criticized by an anonymous personal director for “lacking poise” and was described as a third tier quarterback, pairing him with the likes of Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater, Kirk Cousins, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Brock Osweiler, and Tyrod Taylor. ESPN described a third tier quarterback as a “Legit starter but needs heavy run game /defense to win”. Personally I think Derek Carr is going to rip the league a new one this year, but only time will tell as the regular season opener is September 11th, just a little more than a month away.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

The Joey Bosa contact dispute has hit a breaking point, as the team and Bosa have not had contact with each other since late July. Bosa’s mom even had some strong words about her son’s situation.

“I wish we pulled an Eli Manning on draft day”

Cheryl Bosa is referring to the 2004 draft incident where Manning was traded by the Chargers after he was drafted No. 1 overall by the Bolts. Manning publicly objected to the idea of playing in San Diego, and 45 minutes later, the New York Giants traded Philip Rivers to the Chargers, in exchange for Eli, and the rest is history. 

Tyrell Williams continues to destroy the competition at camp, catching three touchdowns in Monday’s practice. According to Garrett Sisti of boltsoftheblue.com, Williams and cornerback Casey Hayward went one on one and Hayward got the best of Williams. Williams then gave motion to go again, and on the second time around, Williams caught a TD over Hayward. Williams then caught two back-to-back TDs in 11-on-11.

The Bolt released their first depth chart on Monday as well, with some surprises including Mike Bercovici at the four spot on the QB roster, even though Matthew Stanley of boltsoftheblue.com reports he has been performing better than his fellow QBs. Isaiah Burse is the last wide receiver on the depth chart, even though he had a good week of practice last week. Melvin Gordon is also not on the kick returner list. With all that being said, this is only the first depth chart and expect to see an awful amount of changes in the next few weeks to all NFL teams.


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 Aug 9th: Talib Returns to Field, Likely to Be Suspended 8 Games

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