It's about that time, the AFC West created a lot of buzz and headlines this past week it's time for another AFC West Update. Week 3 of the NFL Preseason is regarded as the time of year when teams have their dress rehearsal, let's take a look around the division and observe how the evaluation process is going.
It seems as though week-by-week, the Broncos don't appear to have a better indication of who will lead the way at the quarterback position. The team suffered its first loss of the preseason to the San Francisco Forty Niners last week, and played all three of its quarterbacks in the 31-24 finish.
Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch debatably had the best performance among the passers, and completed 15 of 26 passes, to go along with two touchdowns and one interception. Although the rookie flashed his talent, Denver will opt to roll with quarterback Trevor Siemian on Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams, according to DenverBroncos.com.
Siemian will get the start, but Head Coach Gary Kubiak anticipates to give ample time among the trio of QBs. "I've got to sit here and think about how much I'm going to play the starters," Kubiak said. "That will have a lot to do with how much I play [the quarterbacks]."
The position continues to be undetermined going into the regular season, but look to see Mark Sanchez, Lynch, and Siemian fight for the reigns over the final two weeks of the preseason.
Kansas City Chiefs
For the Chiefs, the preseason has been all about getting healthy. The team lost both cornerback Phillip Gaines and stud running back Jamaal Charles to ACL injuries a season ago. Now back at practice, Gaines and Charles have both returned to the mix, although it remains unclear when they'll play in a game.
When Charles went down last year, running back Charcandrick West stepped in to contribute in the backfield. This preseason he's been dealing with a minor elbow injury, but appears to be past the ailment.
Just when Chiefs players begin getting healthy, other players start getting injured. According to Chiefs.com, on Tuesday, linebackers Justin Houston, Josh Mauga and Dezman Moses weren't in attendance at practice. Fellow teammates, fullback Trey Millard and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches were also unavailable.
If the Chiefs can remain healthy they will most likely maintain their place as one of the better teams in the AFC West. They go on the road to take on the Chicago Bears Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
San Diego Chargers
When will the feud between rookie defensive end Joey Bosa and the Bolts end?
Wednesday, the Chargers released a statement regarding contract negotiations between the team and the former Buckeye. Bosa was offered, according to Chargers.com, their "best offer," which was rejected from his camp.
The inability to come to an agreement between both sides begs the question, when will Bosa play for San Diego?
At this point, the relationship between team and player isn't progressing in a positive manner. This point was made clear by Bosa's agent yesterday, "The team surely is not strengthening its relationship with Joey Bosa by taking this stance and making their position public," via Deadspin.com.
It's easy to sit back and speculate who's at fault, but at the end of the day it shouldn't matter. All that should matter is when Bosa will take the field. The Chargers drafted Bosa third overall in the 2016 NFL Draft under the assumption he would play all 16 games for them. According to the statement, the team is unsure of when he will play, due to "the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his teammates."
Chargers defensifve tackle Damion Square was suspended Wednesday for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He will serve a four game suspension without pay, and will be elligble to return on October 3.