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2021 NFL notable offseason transactions and notes – AFC West



Denver Broncos

2020 Record: 5-11, 4th in AFC West

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Additions:
GM George Paton

Player Additions:

QB Teddy Bridgewater (from CAR)
CB Kyle Fuller (from CHI)
CB Ronald Darby (from WAS)
RB Mike Boone (from MIN)
DL Shamar Stephen (from MIN)
RT Bobby Massie (from CHI)
OT Cameron Fleming (from NYG)

Player Subtractions:

DT Jurrell Casey
CB A.J. Bouye
DB Alijah Holder
DE Joel Heath
S Kareem Jackson
RB Phillip Lindsey
RT Ja’Wuan James
FB Jeremy Cox
WR DaeSean Hamilton

Draft:

RD (PK) PLAYER SCHOOL POS

1 (9) Pat Surtain II Alabama CB
2 (3) Javonte Williams North Carolina RB
3 (35) Quinn Meinerz Wisconsin-Whitewater OG
3 (42) Baron Browning Ohio State OLB
5 (8) Caden Sterns Texas S
5 (20) Jamar Johnson Indiana S
6 (35) Seth Williams Auburn WR
7 (9) Kary Vincent Jr. LSU CB
7 (11) Jonathon Cooper Ohio State DE
7 (26) Marquiss Spencer Mississippi State DE

2020 Offensive Rankings:
Points/Gm – 28th, Yards/Gm – 23rd, Pass Yards/Gm – 26th, Rush Yards/Gm – 13th,
Neutral Pace – 10th, Total Plays – 17th, Pass Plays – 19th, Run Plays – 13th,
Pass EPA – 31st, Rush EPA – 23rd, aDOT – 1st,
Adjusted Line Yards – 20th, Adjusted Sack Rate – 19th, Pressure % – 13th

2020 Defensive Rankings:
Points/Gm – 25th, Yards/Gm – 21st, Pass Yards/Gm – 17th, Rush Yards/Gm – 25th,
Fantasy Points/Gm – 22nd, Pass EPA – 14th, Rush EPA – 22nd,
Blitz % – 18th, Adjusted Sack Rate – 5th, Pressure % – 9th,
DvP vs. QB FPs/Gm – 22nd, DvP vs. RB FPs/Gm – 19th, DvP vs. WR FPs/Gm – 16th, DvP vs. TE FPs/Gm – 20th

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Drew Lock
RB: Javonte Williams (R)
3RB: Melvin Gordon
WR: Courtland Sutton
WR: Jerry Jeudy
SWR: K.J. Hamler
TE: Noah Fant

Notes:

Current projected win total across most books: 9

Strength of schedule rank: 7 (Based on opposition current projected win totals). Higher number means easier schedule.

Offense:
RBs Javonte Williams, Melvin Gordon, Mike Boone RBBC for now.
RT Ja’Wuan James (Achilles) out for the year.

Defense:
Cover 2/4 Zone.

Kansas City Chiefs

2020 Record: 14-2, 1st in AFC West

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Player Additions:

OT Orlando Brown (from BAL)
DT Jarran Reed (from SEA)
G Joe Thuney (from NE)
G Kyle Long
C Austin Blythe (from LAR)
RB Jerick McKinnon (from SF)
TE Blake Bell (from DAL)
FB Mike Burton (from NO)

Player Subtractions:

WR Sammy Watkins
LT Eric Fisher
RT Mitchell Schwartz
G Kelechi Osemele
C Austin Reiter
FB Anthony Sherman
RB Damien Williams
CB Bashaud Breeland
DL Tanoh Kpassagnon
CB Antonio Hamilton

Draft:

RD (PK) PLAYER SCHOOL POS

2 (26) Nick Bolton Missouri ILB
2 (31) Creed Humphrey Oklahoma C
4 (39) Joshua Kaindoh Florida State DE
5 (18) Noah Gray Duke TE
5 (37) Cornell Powell Clemson WR
6 (42) Trey Smith Tennessee OG

2020 Offensive Rankings:
Points/Gm – 6th, Yards/Gm – 1st, Pass Yards/Gm – 1st, Rush Yards/Gm – 16th,
Neutral Pace – 7th, Total Plays – 6th, Pass Plays – 3rd, Run Plays – 23rd,
Pass EPA – 4th, Rush EPA – 10th, aDOT – 14th,
Adjusted Line Yards – 8th, Adjusted Sack Rate – 4th, Pressure % – 1st

2020 Defensive Rankings:
Points/Gm – 19th, Yards/Gm – 29th, Pass Yards/Gm – 32nd, Rush Yards/Gm – 6th,
Fantasy Points/Gm – 10, Pass EPA – 9th, Rush EPA – 27th,
Blitz % – 9th, Adjusted Sack Rate – 18th, Pressure % – 11th,
DvP vs. QB FPs/Gm – 24th, DvP vs. RB FPs/Gm – 20th, DvP vs. WR FPs/Gm – 3rd, DvP vs. TE FPs/Gm – 26th

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Patrick Mahomes
RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
3RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
WR: Tyreek Hill
WR: Mecole Hardman
SWR: Demarcus Robinson
TE: Travis Kelce

Notes:

Current projected win total across most books: 12

Strength of schedule rank: 20 (Based on opposition current projected win totals). Higher number means easier schedule.

Offense:
WR Pringle may emerge as the 3rd receiving option, sans Watkins.
TE Noah Gray (R) may have sleeper potential when in 12 personnel.

Defense:
Cover 2.
Starting DE Frank Clark (Uzi) upcoming status unknown.

Las Vegas Raiders

2019 Record: 8-8, 2nd in AFC West

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Additions:
DC Gus Bradley (from LAC)

Player Additions:

C Nick Martin (from HOU)
RB Kenyan Drake (from ARI)
CB Casey Hayward (from LAC)
DL Solomon Thomas (from SF)
DE Yannick Ngakoue (from BAL)
DT Quinton Jefferson (from BUF)
WR John Brown (from BUF)
DL Matt Dickerson (from TEN)
WR Willie Snead (from BAL)
S Karl Joseph (from CLE)
CB Rasul Douglas (from CAR)
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (from ATL)

Player Subtractions:

C Rodney Hudson
G Gabe Jackson
RT Trent Brown
WR Nelson Agholor
WR Tyrell Williams
CB Lamarcus Joyner
DT Maliek Collins
RB Devontae Booker
S Erik Harris
DT Maurice Hurst
DE Arden Key
S Jeff Heath
DL David Irving

Draft:

RD (PK) PLAYER SCHOOL POS

1 (17) Alex Leatherwood Alabama OT
2 (11) Trevon Moehrig TCU S
3 (16) Malcolm Koonce Buffalo OLB
3 (17) Divine Deablo Virginia Tech S
4 (38) Tyree Gillespie Missouri S
5 (23) Nate Hobbs Illinois CB
7 (2) Jimmy Morrissey Pittsburgh C

2020 Offensive Rankings:
Points/Gm – 10th, Yards/Gm – 8th, Pass Yards/Gm – 7th, Rush Yards/Gm – 14th,
Neutral Pace – 23rd, Total Plays – 10th, Pass Plays – 21st, Run Plays – 11th,
Pass EPA – 9th, Rush EPA – 16th, aDOT – 13th,
Adjusted Line Yards – 17th, Adjusted Sack Rate – 10th, Pressure % – 11th

2020 Defensive Rankings:
Points/Gm – 30th, Yards/Gm – 25th, Pass Yards/Gm – 26th, Rush Yards/Gm – 24th,
Fantasy Points/Gm – 31st, Pass EPA – 27th, Rush EPA – 32nd,
Blitz % – 26th, Adjusted Sack Rate – 29th, Pressure % – 17th,
DvP vs. QB FPs/Gm – 26th, DvP vs. RB FPs/Gm – 29th, DvP vs. WR FPs/Gm – 19th, DvP vs. TE FPs/Gm – 17th

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Derek Carr
RB: Josh Jacobs
3RB: Kenyan Drake
WR: Henry Ruggs
SWR: Hunter Renfrow
WR: John Brown
TE: Darren Waller

Notes:

Current projected win total across most books: 7

Strength of schedule rank: 30 (Based on opposition current projected win totals). Higher number means easier schedule.

Offense:
Downgrade O-line from last season.
WR Bryan Edwards potential 3rd WR.

Defense:
Cover 3.
CB Nevin Lawson suspended Weeks 1-2.

Los Angeles Chargers

2020 Record: 7-9, 3rd in AFC West

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Additions:
HC Brandon Staley (former LAR DC)
OC Joe Lombardi (former NO QB coach)
DC Renaldo Hill (former DEN DB coach)

Subtractions:
HC Anthony Lynn
OC Shane Steichen
DC Gus Bradley

Player Additions:

G Oday Aboushi (from DET)
TE Jared Cook (from NO)
C Corey Linsley (from GB, All-Pro)
T Matt Feiler (from PIT)
OLB Kyler Fackrell (from NYG)
DL Christian Covington (from CIN)

Player Subtractions:

TE Hunter Henry
C Mike Pouncey
LB Melvin Ingram
CB Desmond King
CB Casey Hayward
LB Denzel Perryman
S Rayshawn Jenkins
LB Nick Vigil
QB Tyrod Taylor
G Dan Feeney
OT Cole Toner
DL Isaac Rochell

Draft:

RD (PK) PLAYER SCHOOL POS

1 (13) Rashawn Slater Northwestern OT
2 (15) Asante Samuel Jr. Florida State CB
3 (14) Josh Palmer Tennessee WR
3 (34) Tre’ McKitty Georgia TE
4 (13) Chris Rumph II Duke OLB
5 (15) Brenden Jaimes Nebraska OT
6 (1) Nick Niemann Iowa ILB
6 (14) Larry Rountree III Missouri RB
7 (13) Mark Webb Georgia S

2020 Offensive Rankings:
Points/Gm – 18th, Yards/Gm – 9th, Pass Yards/Gm – 6th, Rush Yards/Gm – 18th,
Neutral Pace – 5th, Total Plays – 1st, Pass Plays – 5th, Run Plays – 9th,
Pass EPA – 13th, Rush EPA – 29th, aDOT – 24th,
Adjusted Line Yards – 29th, Adjusted Sack Rate – 12th, Pressure % – 30th

2020 Defensive Rankings:
Points/Gm – 23rd, Yards/Gm – 10th, Pass Yards/Gm – 9th, Rush Yards/Gm – 18th,
Fantasy Points/Gm – 24th, Pass EPA – 16th, Rush EPA – 13th,
Blitz % – 32nd, Adjusted Sack Rate – 22nd, Pressure % – 20th,
DvP vs. QB FPs/Gm – 20th, DvP vs. RB FPs/Gm – 18th, DvP vs. WR FPs/Gm – 5th, DvP vs. TE FPs/Gm – 21st

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Justin Herbert
RB: Austin Ekeler
3RB: Austin Ekeler
SWR: Keenan Allen
WR: Mike Williams
WR: Jalen Guyton
TE: Jared Cook

Notes:

Current projected win total across most books: 9

Strength of schedule rank: 11 (Based on opposition current projected win totals). Higher number means easier schedule.

Offense:
Improved Chargers projected OL:
LT Rashawn Slater
LG Matt Feiler
C Corey Linsley
RG Oday Aboushi
RT Bryan Bulaga

Passing offense should actually improve.
Ekeler should be a priority.

Defense:
Cover 2/4.