Broncos General Manager John Elway said recently that the Chargers may be the ones to beat in the AFC West this season and there are likely others who feel the team is in good position to make a playoff run after finishing last year with nine wins in their final 12 games.
Those nine wins left the Chargers with a winning record, but not a playoff spot as their 0-4 start came back to bite them. The Chiefs were the division champs last year and Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said they remain on the top rung when asked about Elway’s comment on Thursday.
Kids Yonder Alonso Jersey Not everything has gone smoothly so far: Darnold聽botched several snaps聽in rookie camp, prompting Jets reporters to shout DON’T PANIC so loud that it sounded a little panicky. Seriously, though, botched exchanges are a regular part of rookie-camp practices鈥攓uarterbacks often take their first snaps from undrafted rookies and tryouts they have never met鈥攚hich is one reason why many teams don’t let reporters watch very much of their rookie-camp practices.
By the end of July, the rookie-camp jitters will be long forgotten, and Darnold should be just a few smart moves away from claiming the starting job. The first days of training camp are when he can really begin to make those moves.
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Jones, who missed the offseason last year while recovering from foot surgery, is set to make a base salary of $10.5 million in 2018 as part of the contract extension he signed with the team in 2015. That five-year deal pays Jones an average of $14.25 million per year, which is currently eighth among wideouts.
It’s hard for a non-skill position player to make much of a splash in OTAs and minicamps.
If a defender or lineman does make news, it’s usually bad news, like when Roquan Smith’s聽playbook was stolen聽from his new car. Worst of all, the big hitters and hog mollies aren’t allowed to get out their aggression in noncontact practices unless they pull a Quenton Nelson and try to聽clobber the goal post.
Camp gets real for defenders like Smith and linemen like Nelson when the hitting starts. And with fewer full-contact, tackle-to-the-ground practices than ever in the NFL, physical rookies need to make the most of every live, full-speed, fully-padded rep they get.
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