AFC West Blog
Chiefs running back Knile Davis returned to practice on Monday. He suffered what was feared to be a serious knee injury in the team's first preseason game but it ended up just being a sprain and he's back to work. It's possible Davis was feeling some heat after Charcandrick West looked great. Here's what Nick Athan of WarpaintIllustrated.com said following the injury, "After the injury, he did manage to walk off the field under his own power. However if he wants to remain the primary back up to Jamaal Charles, he better not take too much time away from the team. RB Charcandrick West had a brilliant game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday night running and catching the ball."
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has now been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a hamstring injury. Sanders described it as "a little more than a cramp". Head coach Gary Kubiak says the team is going to be cautious with Sanders. "The biggest thing with Emmanuel, he worked out before the game in Seattle," said Kubiak. "He worked out well but there continues to be some soreness after a workout so we're going to take a little bit of a different plan with him this week. We're going to give him a couple more days before we go back to work."
Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher had an MRI on Monday night and it revealed a severe ankle sprain. When you couple this with the fact that right tackle Jeff Allen is expected be out three weeks with a sprained knee, Kansas City is getting dangerously thin at offensive tackle. WarpaintIllustrated.com's Nick Athan informed us of the details, "Kansas City Chiefs starting Left Tackle, Eric Fisher had an MRI last night confirming a severe ankle sprain. Per a team source, Fisher could be ready for the Season opener against the Houston Texans. Add this injury news with the fact starting Right Tackle, Jeff Allen, will be sidelined three weeks with a knee sprain."
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was a super star in college but still has some growing to do as an NFL back. His upside is immense, however, he knows that he needs to work on his pass protection and decisiveness. "It didn't happen, but I know I'll be in that situation soon enough," Gordon said. "As a back, you can't avoid it. I wasn't really stressing because I know, before it's all said and done, I'll be doing some pass pro in a game. It would have been nice to be able to experience that. ... I'll get my chance … It's just being decisive with my runs. Just being sharp and clean. ... You've got to calm down and keep telling yourself, 'It'll come to you.' I think that's what a lot of players and probably a lot of rookies have to learn. You want to be great so fast. Sometimes, it just doesn't happen that way. It's a process. It can be tough, but that's why you've got teammates and coaches that have seen it, that have been around it to help coach you through it."
Chiefs running back Charcandrick West has been working in with the first team on Wednesday. West impressed in the first preseason game and is getting a huge opportunity with Knile Davis sidelined with a sprained knee. There are some whispers that West may be better than Davis and could take his job sooner rather than later. WarpaintIllustrated.com's Nich Athan commented on West just a few days ago saying, "if he (Davis) wants to remain the primary back up to Jamaal Charles, he better not take too much time away from the team. RB Charcandrick West had a brilliant game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday night running and catching the ball."
Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes fractured his hand on Sunday. He is expected to be out 3-4 weeks. Holmes put together a somewhat promising season in 2014, highlighted by a 121 yard, two touchdown game against the division rival Chargers. However, he's had a quiet training camp and is currently fourth on the Raiders' depth chart.
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has caused a culture change in San Diego. With him on the roster, offensive coordinator Frank Reich wants at least an even split between run and passing plays. "You want to be able to impose your will," Reich said. "That means run when you want to run, pass when you want to pass. I want to run it as much as we can. When you have a guy like Melvin, you want to run the ball at least 25 times in a game."
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is dealing with an ankle injury. The injury is reportedly minor, however, he may be forced to miss this week's preseason game. This is the first we are hearing about an injury to Gordon. While it is not believed to be serious, this is a situation worth monitoring.
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has been dealing with a bit of an ankle injury this week but managed to return to practice today. There was some concern that he could miss the team's second preseason, however, he now appears good to go. He'll likely get a decent amount of work and the team is expected to allow him to get some work on passing downs. An area he needs and wants to work on.
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has reportedly been having a great training camp and offseason. After an extremely promising rookie season in 2013, Allen failed to live up to expectations last year. This season quarterback Philip Rivers says that Allen has had the best camp of his career. "He's had a great camp," Rivers said. "He's had his best camp. I think that's not even close, just how consistent he's been."