AFC West Update: Broncos Shore up Offensive Line


Broncos T Ryan Harris

The Silver and Black aren't the only team in the AFC West gearing up for mandatory mini-camp in the coming weeks.

The Raiders begin their mandatory mini-camp June 9 at their Alameda, Calif. facility, with the Broncos opening theirs the same day. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers both hold their mandatory min-camps beginning June 16.


When the Broncos open mini-camp next week, they will do so without the services of All-Pro tackle Ryan Clady.

Clady's 2015 season ended prematurely this offseason after he tore his left ACL during practice.

After losing Clady, the Broncos made moves to solidify their offensive line, signing veteran tackle Ryan Harris.

Harris is a familiar face for the Broncos, as he spent the first four seasons of his career in Denver before joining the Houston Texans in 2012.

Harris has appeared in 94 career games with 54 starts, most recently appearing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014.


The Broncos officially inked first-round draft pick, linebacker, Shane Ray to his rookie contract Monday.

Ray also his made his practice debut for the Broncos later that day after missing the first week of Organized Team Activities [OTAs] due to injury.

"They [the training staff] didn't want to rush me back and cause more injury," Ray told the team's website. ""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."


After serving primarily as a return specialist and part-time running back in 2014, the Chiefs have decided to officially switch De'Anthony Thomas to a full-time wide receiver.

"It makes me more valuable to the offense," Thomas told Adam Teicher of ESPN. "It lets defenses look for me, see where I'm at on the field. It just gives them a different look. I believe it's a great thing."

The former Oregon standout found success against the Raiders last season, returning 10 punts for 159 yards (15.9 average) and one touchdown. He also added one kick return for 48 yards as well as three receptions for 20 yards (6.7 average), and three carries for 23 yards (7.7 average).


Eric Weddle wanted a contract extension from the San Diego Chargers, but the veteran safety is not going to get his wish at present.

Weddle will now play out his contract and look towards free agency at the end of the season, his agent David Canter told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"He'll be excited about playing this year and then hit free agency," Canter said.

The University of Utah product has appeared in 124 games for the Chargers, recording 19 interceptions and 6.0 sacks during his career in Southern California.

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