Around the AFC West: Raiders Throw Support Behind the Warriors

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

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Denver Broncos All of the Broncos' rookies have signed their first-year contracts.

Running back Monte Ball said that he'll split the load with C.J. Anderson this season

Monte Ball, who had a mere 55 carries last season, told the Associated Press in April that he was hurt to start his 2014 campaign that would eventually finish with his placement on injured reserve in December.

Now, fully fresh for 2015, he said he's ready to "split" the carries with C.J. Anderson, who had 179 carries and a breakout season in Ball's absence last year.

"I'm really looking forward to splitting carries with him," Ball told Broncos.com. "I think we're two really good backs in a system that we love to keep the ball on the ground. So we love this system. As a running back you have to thrive in this system because its what we love. It's smash-mouth football."

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Broncos first-round pick Shane Ray was cleared for limited participation in OTA practices Monday, signs rookie contract

Ray had to watch the first week of OTAs from the sidelines, but doctors cleared him to hit the field at the beginning of this week.

"They (the training staff) didn't want to rush me back and cause more injury," Ray told Broncos.com. "They wanted to make sure that when I started getting work that my foot was feeling good and it wasn't going to have any setbacks.

"We've got plenty of time so today what I was able to do was just pretty much they kind of let me go a little bit, let me get some work in because they felt like I was progressing well and throughout the week I'll be doing more work."

Later in the day, Ray signed his rookie contract.

Read the full article on the former Missouri Tiger here.

San Diego Chargers

Tight end Antonio Gates breaks into the "NFL Top 100" at number 52

Rookies Melvin Gordon, Denzel Perryman and Craig Mager threw out the first pitch at a Padres game

The three Chargers rookies, in San Diego Padres garb, had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Petco Park this week.

"It was cool and it felt awesome," Gordon told Chargers.com.  "I wasn't nervous or anything.  Craig and Denzel said their heart was racing out there, but I felt good.  I felt solid.  It was definitely great to see these fans, too."

Read the full article here.

One of the Chargers' newest cornerbacks says he's enjoyed learning San Diego's defensive schemes

Cornerback Patrick Robinson spent the first four years of his career with the Saints. Now, after signing with the San Diego Chargers in the offseason, he says he's been enjoying the challenge of learning their playbook.

"So far it's really been fun," he said in an interview with Chargers.com.  "It really is like starting all over again.  It's like coming from college. It's an all new start, so I am starting from scratch. 

"But also, it's not that I am starting over completely, because a lot of the things I did in New Orleans we do here. It's just that it is more detailed here in my opinion. So it is more detailed, but a lot of the calls in the secondary are similar to that in New Orleans."

Read the full piece on Robinson here.

Chargers signed CB Lowell Rose

Oakland Raiders The Raiders threw their support behind the Golden State Warriors

Quarterback Derek Carr began throwing short passes this week

According to Around the NFL, quarterback Derek Carr threw passes for the first time Tuesday at OTAs.

Read the full article here.

Oakland signed free agent wide receiver Trindon Holliday

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