AFC West links: Poe sees pass-rush reps

May, 25, 2012
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Denver Broncos

Though players see a variety of benefits in Denver's ongoing organized team activities, better chemistry is atop the list, Mike Adams and Von Miller tell the Broncos' official site.

The Broncos are better off without quarterback Tim Tebow and the distractions that followed him, writes Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post. "Through no real fault of his own, Tebow turned Broncos County against itself, the endless bickering as inescapable as being trapped between Rachel Maddow and Rush Limbaugh at a cocktail party."

Kansas City Chiefs

First-round draft pick Dontari Poe saw lots of time during pass-rush drills during Thursday's practice session; in earlier run-focused drills, Adam Teicher reports, Poe had been backing up Amon Gordon at nose tackle.

Rookie guard Jeff Allen, the Chiefs' second-round pick, was wearing a walking boot and did not participate in OTAs after suffering an ankle injury.

Oakland Raiders

The rookies found their heads spinning a bit as the team wrapped up its second week of OTAs, the Raiders' official site reports.

After missing all of last season with a knee injury, Travis Goethel is healthy and ready to move from weakside to middle linebacker should legal issues take Rolando McClain off the field, he tells Paul Gutierrez.

San Diego Chargers

After nine seasons in Baltimore, "I kind of feel like a rookie again," linebacker Jarret Johnson tells the Chargers' official site as he settles into a new defense.

The Chargers have relied heavily on Shaun Phillips as a pass-rusher for the past several seasons, but the veteran linebacker is excited about the reinforcements brought in this offseason, writes Scott Bair of the North County Times. "We had depth at linebacker my first few years, and it was a main reason why we were successful," Phillips said. "Over the last few seasons, it's been tough to weather the injuries we've had. But the additions we've made have been great. Each guy has a set of skills we can utilize. Together, we can be a strong unit."

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