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New Denver cornerback Drayton Florence said reuniting with former Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio was one of the reasons why he signed with the Broncos on Thursday.
Del Rio is Denver’s new defensive coordinator. Florence played for Del Rio in Jacksonville in 2008.
“Yes, the familiarity always is good when you’ve played for somebody and you know how they work,” Florence said in a conference call with reporters. “The system, the language is going to be familiar. So it was a good fit.”
In other AFC West news:
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers have signed two of their draft picks: tight end Ladarius Green, taken in the fourth round, and guard Johnnie Troutman, taken in the fifth. Troutman is expected to miss the entire season due to a pectoral injury he suffered prior to the draft. The Chargers have signed most of their draft class.
The Raiders will try out a few players this weekend at their minicamp. So far, no names of note are on the tryout docket.
The Chiefs announced additions to their personnel department. Jim Nagy was promoted from regional scout to national scout. Kansas City hired former Patriots national scout Kyle O’Brien as a regional scouts and scouting assistant Ryne Nutt was promoted to an area scout.
The Chiefs will announce plans for their 50th anniversary season in 2012 at a press conference next Tuesday.
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