AFC West Update: Evan Mathis Signs With Broncos, Dominant Defense Brewing in San Diego?


Guard Evan Mathis signed with the Denver Broncos Tuesday.

Denver Broncos Sign Guard Evan Mathis

Pro Bowl-guard Evan Mathis will join the Denver Broncos on a one-year deal, the team announced on their official website.

"Evan Mathis is an accomplished veteran who has played at a very high level for the last several seasons," Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway stated in a press release. "He will immediately make our team better, and we are excited to have him as part of the Denver Broncos."

Originally selected in the third round (No.79 overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, Mathis spent the last three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

However, he and the Eagles parted ways in the offseason, and until Monday, the two-time Pro Bowler was a free agent.

During his 10-year career, Mathis has appeared in 114 games with 78 games, and earned Pro Bowl recognition twice, as well as First-Team All-Pro recognition once.

The Raiders will get their first look at Mathis October 11 when they travel to Denver to take on the Broncos.

A "Dominant Defense" In San Diego?

The San Diego Chargers believe they have the makings of a dominant defense in 2015.

"We're cultivating that culture what we're just going to dominate every single snap," linebacker Manti Te'o told ESPN's Eric D. Williams. "We're not going to win every single snap, but we know that we're going to win most of them."

The Chargers have not boasted a top defense in nearly a decade, and the team has forced just 35 turnovers over the past two seasons which ranks second worst in the NFL.

Williams writes that the team has put together solid defensive performances in years past, they now just need to do it more consistently – and they have the tools to do so.

"We're just full of energy," defensive lineman Corey Liuget said. "We play for each other. We play the game the right way. And at the end of the day, we know that we're all competing for the team to get better, and for each and every one of us to get better, too."

Will the defense in San Diego actually be dominant in 2015? Only time will tell.

Kansas City Chiefs End Wide Receiver Drought

It may not have been in a regular season game, but the Kansas City Chiefs threw a touchdown to a wide receiver.

After being unable to find the end zone with a wide receiver last season, Alex Smith connected with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on a three-yard pass.

The pass to Maclin marked the first time a Chiefs wide receiver had scored a touchdown in 594 days.

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