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AFC West Update: Chargers Add Former Raider, Chiefs Sign Nick Foles


We're now a week into training camps around the NFL, and there isn't a lack of storylines to follow as teams are approaching their first preseason games.

The AFC West in particular is busy, with a bevy of signings occurring in the division over the past several days, so let's get you caught up with the happenings.



Since they hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy at Levi's Stadium and were officially named Super Bowl 50 champs, the Denver Broncos have had a major question mark hanging over their heads -- who would quarterback the team in 2016?

Peyton Manning retired during the offseason, and his backup, Brock Osweiler, is now the main man in Houston, leaving a gaping hole in the Broncos' backfield.

As the Broncos have gone through camp, a three-man competition has broken out between Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, and Paxton Lynch to be the starting quarterback for the season.

While all three quarterbacks have flashed promise throughout the first week of camp, Andrew Mason of doesn't believe that one player has really stood above the rest, and that the competition figures to battle on throughout the preseason.

The three quarterbacks will get their first chances to face live competition Aug. 11 when the Broncos travel to Chicago to take on the Bears.



After being released by the Los Angeles Rams, quarterback Nick Foles is reuniting with a familiar face in Kansas City.

Foles enjoyed an impressive career at the University of Arizona, and after his college career concluded he was selected in the third round (No. 88 overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The head coach of the Eagles at the time? Andy Reid.

Now, Foles and Reid will reunite in Kansas City, as reports state that the veteran quarterback will sign a contract with the Chiefs.

Foles will likely not be asked to shoulder much of the burden – or even come in and compete for the starting job – as Alex Smith is firmly entrenched as the team's starter.

What he will be asked to do is provide the Chiefs some much-needed depth at the position, and be a valuable backup who is capable of leading the offense if called upon.

Foles no doubt has the starting experience, as he has made 35 career starts, throwing for 8,805 yards and 53 touchdowns in his career.



James Jones is headed back to California to suit up and play in the AFC West again, although this time he's headed to San Diego, not Oakland.

The veteran wide receiver spent the 2014 season in Silver and Black, hauling in 73 passes for 666 yards and six touchdowns. However, he and the team parted ways that offseason, and he returned to Green Bay in 2015.

Now, the veteran wide receiver is set to join the Chargers after the team signed him following a workout in San Diego.

"I can't believe that happened (yesterday)," Jones told the team’s official website. "It was the first time I ever did anything like that since 10 years ago at the Combine.  Hopefully that's all over now and I never have to do anything like that in the future.  I'm here to be that same player I was last year, making a bunch of plays and scoring eight touchdowns. I want to show them that I've still got it.  I just love playing football.  I've still got it in my blood.  It feels good to say this California boy has come home."

Jones will provide another veteran weapon for quarterback Philip Rivers to utilize out wide, and entering his 10th NFL season it'll be interesting to see what he has left in the tank.

Since he's back in the AFC West, the San Jose State-product will now also get a chance to square off against his old team, with the first of those matchups occurring Week 5 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

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