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2019 Players to watch: AFC West Edition

Day 4 of the Players to watch series continues, today with the AFC West. If you missed the AFC North, AFC East,  or AFC South give them a click and take a look! Lets get to the West!



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Denver Broncos QB Joe Flacco: The Broncos Quarterback situation has been a mess since Peyton Manning retired after the 2015 Season, with Trevor Simian(24), Paxton Lynch(4), Brock Osweiler(4), and Case Keenum(16) all getting looks. Joe Flacco comes to the team as a Super Bowl winning Quarterback, that lost his spot with the Ravens to Rookie Lamar Jackson. The Broncos also have a Rookie Quarterback, in 2nd rounder Drew Lock but if he is to see any action, that means the Flacco experiment failed. I expect a motivated Flacco to be an upgrade for the Broncos, and if he can manage games they could find themselves back in the Playoffs.



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Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: This one is pretty easy. I don’t know if it’s fair to expect Mahomes to have a repeat of last year, but if he can come even close to those numbers, it likely means the Chiefs will be division Champions again. He won’t have Kareem Hunt in the back field with him, but Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce remain, and that should be enough. This guy is going to make so much money at his next contract.



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Los Angeles Chargers DT Jerry Tillery: Although the Chargers don’t have the worst run defense in the league, they have really struggled with it for the last few years. Enter 1st round Pick Jerry Tillery. The Chargers haven’t had a Defensive Tackle like the Notre Dame product since Jamal Williams, and he will be heavily counted on at the point of attack. Having a player like him, will also benefit pass rushers Joey Bosa & Melvin Ingram.



Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown: Antonio Brown is forcing this move with his helmet concerns and foot problems, #84 has been must follow news every day of Camp so far. He’s a future Hall of Famer already, but all of his success has come from playing with another Hall of Fame player in Pittsburgh. Derek Carr has a lot of pressure on him this year, to keep his prized wide out happy.


Next time, we’ll jump over to the NFC!

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