The Denver defense continues to thrive, and linebacker Von Miller is not disappointing this season. The All-Pro LB has not lost a step of quickness and continues to be everywhere the ball is. His edge rushing is nothing short of The Flash, and his strength is equal to Superman. Miller’s linebacker play isn’t the only athleticism that stand out on the field. LB Corey Nelson has shown read ability and pursuit that hasn’t been seen in his three year career. Nose tackle Sylvester Williams, who was injured earlier this camp, is showing gap control and strength that has Wade Phillips scratching his head of how that is possible. The secondary has made plays too, with safety Brandian Ross picking off Trevor Siemian in a seven-on-seven drill. Expect this defense to make just as much noise as they did last season.
Thursday’s practice featured more ups than down from the Denver quarterbacks, and fan saw more tight end action than usual. Believe it or not, Paxton Lynch looks the best out of all 3 QBs. According to Tim Lynch of the milehighreport.com, all the QBs have had no success against the first team defense, and “little success against the second team defense”. He also reports Sanchez “clearly had the bad better practice” over Siemian, which is extremely discouraging to Broncos’ fans. Even though it was against the third string defense, Lynch threw so many touchdowns at Friday’s practice that Tim Lynch “lost count”.
Head coach Gary Kubiak has hinted that their first preseason game against the Chicago Bears will be exciting, and that preseason play will be vital in deciding a starter.
“I think they are all doing good stuff and then there are struggles at times. It’s very, very competitive. I want to watch them play. I’m really excited. We play next week- a week from today. I want to put them out there. I am going to put a number of throws on each one of them. That’s going to have a lot to do with decision making time to be honest.”
According to a poll on milehighreport.com, 43% of people who voted think Sanchez will win the job, 41% think Lynch will, and 17% think Siemian will. The preseason will be much more interesting now that the stakes are high.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
It seems as though the Chiefs have found their No. 2 guy, and he was none of the rookies. All along, the Football Gods knew Andy Reid and Nick Foles would reunite again. The U of A golden boy last was paired with Reid in 2012 when both were apart of the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles’ contract is good for $1.7 million, with incentives and a club option for 2017.
The reason for the Foles signing isn’t because the QB play is that bad, it is due to the fact that Andy Murray, Kevin Hogan, and Tyler Bray, the candidates for the No. 2 spot, have never taken any regular season snaps in the NFL. Plus, they got Foles for a great price. Either way Foles was going to get signed, if not by Kansas City, than probably by Dallas.
Andy Reid talked to the media Friday, and shut down any speculation that Alex Smith might lose his job.
“It’s Alex Smith’s football team, this has nothing to do with Alex…Nick knows that it’s Alex’s team and Alex knows that it’s his team…”
Foles hit the field Friday for his first practice in a Chiefs uniform, sporting a new number on his jersey; the number one.
Friday’s practice was not all Foles as the defense had a good day. CB Marcus Peters picked off Alex Smith, linebacker Malik Wilson causing trouble in the backfield for running back Spencer Ware.
The Chiefs open up the preseason Saturday, August 13th against the Seattle Seahawks.
Good news hitting Napa Valley as a few injured Raiders return to practice on Friday. Coming off the PUP list is third year defensive end Denico Autry, who has missed the entire offseason with a wrist injury. Autry sported a cast Friday and did not work out with the team, however he did work on the side with a trainer. Autry is expected to start on the other side of Mario Edwards Jr.
Safety Karl Joseph returned to the field Friday after missing Thursday’s practice due to an undisclosed reason. The rookie missed the entire offseason with a torn ACL suffered in his last season at West Virginia, and perhaps the intensity of Thursday’s practice kept him out as a precaution. Joseph has participated at every practice, and he will be ready for the Raider’s preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on August 12th.
Tight end Clive Walford returned to the field Friday, but he did not participate in practice, as he watched on the sideline. Walford missed the entire offseason as well with a knee injury suffered while riding an ATV back in May. The injury wasn’t serious, but it was enough to keep him out of OTAs and minicamps throughout the offseason. It is unclear whether Walford will be a go for the preseason opener.
A new face has risen in the running back position with undrafted rookie Jalen Richard from Southern Mississippi. Richard split time his senior year at RB, but in that time he accumulated over 1,000 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 185 carries. With Roy Helu Jr. out of the picture, it makes the contention for the No.2 and No. 3 spot interesting. Richard’s quickness and elusiveness has caught everyone’s eye. It is still early in the preseason, however, but if he keeps this type of play up, he could be competing with fifth round pick Deandre Washington for the No.2 spot.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Bad news to come out of San Diego as wide receiver Keenan Allen left Saturday’s practice with an apparent left lower leg injury. It is unclear what exactly Allen hurt, as both his left foot and ankle were taped. It might be safe to guess it is an ankle injury, but details will emerge sooner than later. Allen did not go back to the locker room so it is not serious, but this is a player cannot afford to miss time. Head coach Mike Mccoy told reporters that, “He’s fine”, but it makes fans of the Bolts nervous.
Manti Te’o is having a relatively average camo, but Saturday’s practice highlighted his aggressive ball skills on two plays. According to Garrett Sisti, writer for boltsfromtheblue.com, Te’o gave up to passes to Hunter Henry, but he did strip the ball to force a fumble both times.
On the offensive side of the ball, Tyrell Williams is stealing the show. It is likely with his play right now, for him to make the team but this is the NFL and unfortunately anything can happen. James Jones and Isaiah Burse have jumped Dontrelle Inman on the depth chart this week, a surprising move but it seems as if Inman is getting outplayed. We’ll see some real action August 13th in the preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.
Joey Bosa has yet to report to training camp, and an important deadline is coming up. The Chargers have until August 9th to trade Bosa if both sides are unable to come to a decision. If the Chargers don’t sign him or trade him, and Bosa does not sign his rookie deal, then the Bolts could not sign him until the Tuesday after Week 10, according to 247sports.com writer Jordan James. No recent news has come out regarding the two coming closer to a deal, so as training camp continues, we will wait.