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Around the AFC West: Jerry Rice Believes Raiders WR Amari Cooper is the Next Tim Brown

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


Denver Broncos

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak provided and update on defensive end Antonio Smith

Free agent tackle Jake Long visited with Broncos brass

Veteran Jake Long has had an outstanding career highlighted by four Pro Bowl seasons, but torn ACLs in back-to-back years have made NFL teams question whether he's worth signing.

After visiting with the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants, Long went to Denver on Thursday, per Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press.

As Stapleton notes in his piece, the Broncos lost tackle Ryan Clady to a knee injury in May, leaving a vacancy at the position.

Read the full article here.

The Broncos tweeted upon hearing the news of Chiefs safety Eric Berry's return

San Diego Chargers

Defense stood tall during day two of Chargers training camp

Linebacker Manti Te'o is reportedly seeing the game "way faster"

Foot injuries have plagued Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o thus far in his short, two-year career.

But he recently told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he's entering this 2015 season in better shape, which hopefully will prevent such injuries from happening again.

"I'm doing everything that I can in my power, just working out, eating right, just trying to be in the best shape that I can," he said. "And that's all I can do— take care of my body and take care of my feet."

He also told the newspaper he is seeing the game faster.

"Way faster. I can't tell you how much different it is," Te'o said at the end of spring camp last month. "It feels so comfortable out there, to finally be out there and just play ball."

Read the Tom Krasovic's full piece here.

Quarterback Philip Rivers feels positively about the season ahead

Oakland Raiders

Raiders linebacker Sio Moore started camp on the Active/PUP

*UPDATE (August 1, 2015 - 12:45 p.m.): Moore has returned to practice *

Jerry Rice compared Raiders rookie Amari Cooper to legendary wide receiver Tim Brown

With more than 14,000 yard receiving, over 1,000 receptions and 100 touchdowns, wide receiver Tim Brown was one of the greatest Oakland Raiders of all time.

Actually, he's one of the greatest players of all time. He'll be joining Chiefs offensive lineman Will Shields this summer in the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2015 class.

Recently, Jerry Rice, another one of the greatest of all time, compared Raiders rookie Amari Cooper to Tim Brown.

"They have their new Tim Brown," Rice told CSN California. "I think with Cooper, he's very much like Tim Brown. Very explosive, got speed to burn."

Before you read the full piece, it's important to keep in mind that Cooper has yet to play a snap in a preseason game.

ESPN Broadcaster Beth Mowins will become the second woman ever to call play-by-play for an NFL game

The Raiders also tweeted in response to the Eric Berry news

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