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


Here's what happened this week around the AFC West:

Denver Broncos

Broncos linebacker Von Miller joined Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez on SiriusXM Radio

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is excited about the new playbook

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold had an opportunity to catch up with Thomas this week.

"They've got everybody saying we're going to run, run, run and I know the coaches have run the ball before and that's good, I think," Thomas said in the article. "We know we can throw, we know we have guys who can make plays, I don't think Coach Kubiak is going to just ignore that. But I think we all feel like if we can add in a good running game, you can win the Super Bowl."

Read the full piece by Legwold here.

More on the Antonio Smith signing

Ben Swanson of wrote an article on the former Raider this week.

"What Smith can bring to Denver, he says, is a craftiness cultivated by his years of experience," Swanson wrote. " A durable player who has played a high percentage of snaps (he played between 70 percent and 86 percent of defensive snaps in seven of his last eight years, per Pro Football Focus), Smith has shown high level play as a three-technique lineman. He says his best statistical season was 2012 in which he had seven sacks, 22 tackles, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed."

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San Diego Chargers

Sports Illustrated mocked Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to the Chargers

Chargers picked up fifth-year option on Melvin Ingram

The Chargers have opted to keep the veteran outside linebacker headed into his fourth season.

"The team on Tuesday exercised their fifth-year option for 2016 on the outside linebacker they snagged with the 18th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft," wrote Dan Handzus of Around the NFL. "The added year will cost the Chargers $7.751 million."

Read Handzus' full article here

Center Chris Watt spoke with on the upcoming season

"It's completely different," he said while comparing the 2015 offseason to 2014. "Last year there was a lot of uncertainty coming out of the last year of college.  You are basically trying to sell yourself to other teams to try to show them what you can bring to the table.  Now there is certainty.  I know where I'm at.   I can just focus on being a better football player, a better teammate and a better leader.  Those are the things that will help this team next year."

Read the article and watch the video here.

Oakland Raiders

With a new head coach, the Oakland Raiders have begun their offseason workout program

QB Derek Carr likes the new up-tempo offense Oakland is installing

The Oakland Raiders are shifting their offense into a higher gear, and Derek Carr is looking forward to it.

"I'm really excited, because just what I've heard and the things that we've talked about and what I assume, it is what I did at Fresno," Carr said, per the team's official website. "It's something that I'm comfortable doing. The things that they want to do are things that I'm good at, and that's really cool, that they want to take the offense and say, 'Hey, let's make it good at what you do. Let's build it around you and let's put pieces there that you feel comfortable with,' and all that kind of stuff."

Read the full article from Around the NFL's Marc Sessler here.

The Raiders officially announced that they've re-signed 10 free agents Tuesday




Asante, Larry


Holmes, Andre


King, Marquette


Ross, Brandian


Streater, Rod





Autry, Denico


Leonhardt, Brian


McCants, Matt


Olawale, Jamize


Thorpe, Neiko


Click here for more on their new signees.

NFL players currently in AFC West headlines.

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