Over the past week, a lot of major headlines have come from news within the AFC West. From Joey Bosa, injuries in Kansas City, and the quarterback situation in Denver, it's time to get you caught up. Let's take a look around the division and see what happened.
The team from the Mile High city has officially decided on who will serve as the starting quarterback, Trevor Siemian. DenverBroncos.com's Andrew Mason reported Monday morning that the Broncos had come to the conclusion that Siemian would be the guy for them.
Siemian, through the preseason, has completed 27 of 43 passes for 285 yards to go along with one passing touchdown and two interceptions. It's been said that Siemian's presence in the huddle and locker room aided in the decision to make him the starter.
Prior to this preseason, he has only appeared in one game and taken one snap. It remains to be seen how Siemian will perform in the regular season, but for the time being he will take the reins.
The discussion all offseason has been who will step in to fill the shoes of Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Siemian appears to be focused on playing to the best of his ability, "For me, I'm not reading too much into anything and trying to be the best teammate and leader I can be," he said.
With Siemian slated to be the starter, it'll be interesting to see if he appears in the Broncos' final preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. This should be an interesting story to keep an eye on going forward.
Kansas City Chiefs
The injury woes continue for the Chiefs.
Highly regarded as one of the better linebackers in the league, Justin Houston underwent knee surgery last season and is still in the recovery process. According to Chiefs.com, the veteran outside linebacker was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, and likely won't return until Week 7 of the regular season.
Houston is just two years removed from his 22.5-sack season, and has been a force to be reckoned with on the Chiefs for quite some time. He's been scheduled to meet with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in four weeks, but until then the team will have to play the waiting game.
To add insult injury, other veteran linebacker Josh Mauga will miss the entire 2016 season "with a labral tear in his hip," said head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. This is another loss the team didn't need, but the show goes on and it's next man up.
The Chiefs will close out their 2016 preseason when they square-off against the Green Bay Packers Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium.
San Diego Chargers
Monday morning, the Chargers and defensive end Joey Bosa agreed to a four-year contract, giving the rookie the highest signing bonus in team history, according to SI.com. The Bolts selected Bosa with the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft 125 days ago.
During that time frame, the dispute between Bosa's camp and the Chargers front office appeared to be at a stalemate. There's no denying that this was a sticky situation for both parties, but ultimately they overcame the obstacle. Now that Bosa and the team have come to terms on a deal, he can focus on rejoining San Diego, and help the team develop.
Last season the Chargers ranked 24th in sacks, Bosa should help that problem as a solid pass rusher around the outside edge. With the Bolts scheduled to open the regular season against the Chiefs on September 11, Bosa should be ready to take the field for the opening game.
In other news, former Raiders wide receiver James Jones was unable to make it past the Chargers first series of roster cuts. The 10-year veteran has posted 5,861 yards and 51 touchdowns during his career. It'll be interesting to see if he finds a home elsewhere.