Predictably, neither coaches nor players have said much about the stalemate.
However, that changed Thursday when star pass-rusher Tamba Hali addressed Bowe’s absence. Bowe did not report to training camp last Thursday. He has not signed his franchise tender. He did not participate in the offseason program.
When asked about the overall talent on the roster (Bowe’s absence was not part of the question) Hali responded with this: “I don’t want to talk about our talent, but we have our players, we have who we need here. Everybody is here ready to go. We need (WR Dwayne) Bowe to come get ready so we can win this AFC West. We need every guy that’s in here, so right now we are focused on the guys that are here.”
Hali’s words were not earth-shattering nor were they harsh against Bowe. But he addressed it and that’s important. Hali is not known for being a big talker, so his words should carry weight. He wants his teammate back.
Will Bowe listen to Hali? Well, that’s up to Bowe.
In other AFC West news:
Jason Hunter is working ahead of former first-round pick Robert Ayers on Denver’s defensive front this week. New Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio indicated Hunter’s work ethic has helped him get the first-team reps.
Del Rio also indicated he will call the defensive plays from the sideline. Some coordinators call plays from the booth. Del Rio said he much prefers to be on the sideline.
Kansas City signed fullback Patrick DiMarco. The South Carolina fullback spent some time in the Chargers’ training camp last year. He is a longshot to make the 53-man roster.
Denver claimed receiver Cameron Kenney from Seattle. He is likely a camp body.