Monday, June 10, 2013
Priming for minicamps in AFC West
By Bill Williamson
The Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers will all hold their mandatory minicamps this week. Kansas City held its mandatory camp last week.
Here is a story line for each of the team’s minicamps this week:
Denver: Manning’s offense: This is the last time before training camp the Broncos will get together. A theme of the offseason has been quarterback Peyton Manning ramping up the offense in his second season with the club. It has been the goal to play at a faster tempo, and thus far Denver feels good about it. Also, Manning appears to be stronger than last year when he was coming off four neck surgeries. This is one last tune-up for Manning and crew before it all starts late next month.
Oakland: General competition: As part of their rebuild, the Raiders are young and inexperienced throughout the field. This mandatory minicamp will concentrate on overall growth. Oakland coach Dennis Allen is excited about the attitude of this team and how much the group loves to work. This week is about continuing that mission.
San Diego; Manti Te'o: T’eoMania will not get close to matching TebowMania. But there is increased interest in the rookie linebacker from Notre Dame as a result of the bizarre hoax he was involved with a dead fake girlfriend. The Chargers, who took Te’o in the second round, have kept Te’o away from media covering the team in recent weeks. He is expected to be available Tuesday. It will garner a lot of attention. On the field, the Chargers expect Te’o to continue to make strides this week as he marches toward a starting job.