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A roundup of this week’s headlines around the AFC West division


Denver Broncos A look at the Broncos running backs headed into training camp

Broncos running back C.J. Anderson stayed in Denver for break period

During the month of July leading up to training camp, players and coaches have a break period, which is typically used as a time for them to return home or go on vacation before the season begins.

According to, Broncos running back C.J. Anderson chose to bypass returning to Houston (his home) this season in order to get himself even more prepared than he has been the past three years.

"I'm not even going home, [it's] strictly business this year," Anderson said. "I will be in Houston for a long period of time before training camp and every time [...] I've always left in the best shape of my life and let's just keep it going."

Read the full article by Ben Swanson by clicking here.

A look at the Broncos safeties heading into training camp

San Diego Chargers Chargers tight end Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games of the NFL season

New Chargers OT Joe Barksdale is getting used to San Diego

When arriving to a new team, a major part of the adjustment is learning the playbook. But Chargers offensive tackle Joe Barksdale is doing more than just that, putting focus into the technique of his position.

"(I'm working on) more technique-based things," he explained to  "Especially with this offense, there are a lot of things I've never done before that we do here.  The technique and concepts that are used are different.  Some of it's mental, but some of it's physical as far technique.

Read the full article by Hayley Elwood here.

Looking more closely at Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers

Oakland Raiders The Raiders position battles are heating up as the team nears training camp

QB Derek Carr called rookie WR Amari Cooper "ridiculous"

One player the Chiefs will need to get used to seeing for the foreseeable future is rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper out of the University of Alabama.

Recently, quarterback Derek Carr commented on his newest weapon, sharing high praise on “95.7 The Game.”

"He [Cooper] is ridiculous in and out of his breaks," said Carr. "His style of play is perfect for this league. He's good at getting on toes and creating separation. He's good at when the ball is in his hands making those fast-twitch movements to make a guy go one way so he can take it to the house. It's just little things that honestly people don't even notice."

Read more about what the Raiders quarterback had to say here.

Seven things to know about Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave

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