AFC West Blog
Tom Krasovic certainly loves himself some Malcom Floyd. The U-T San Diego writer has pinned the "MVP" tag on the 32-year-old wideout for the second time in five weeks. Krasovic wrote Tuesday that Floyd was the Most Valuable Player of Chargers training camp "in a runaway." This comes about a month after Krasovic named Floyd the team's spring MVP.
Broncos running back Montee Ball returned to non-contact practice on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jeff Legwold via Twitter. Ball underwent an appendectomy on August 4. It will likely be a few days or a week before Ball takes any contact, and he will not play in the Broncos' third preseason game.
Whatever type of training camp competition was taking place between Raiders quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Derek Carr, either real or perceived, is over. NFL.com Ian Rapoport said Monday that Schaub is the Raiders' starter and that the team believes he is ready to return to being the solid NFL starter he was for some time in Houston.
"Make no mistake, Derek Carr is the future of the Oakland Raiders' quarterback situation," Rapoport said. "It's just not going to be the present."
Dwayne Bowe was arrested this past November for possession of marijuana. As a result, Bowe will miss the Chiefs' opener against the Tennessee Titans, according to Adam Schefter. Last season Bowe only totaled 673 yards and five touchdowns. Bowe's statistics have been regressing since the 2011 season, the last 1,000 yard season for the receiver.
ESPN's Adam Teicher says that there's "no sign yet that Bowe will bounce back" this season, and that the receiver isn't performing very well in camp. Teicher also says that Bowe has struggled with drops. Bowe turns 30 this season, and he's coming off the worst statistical performance of his career. In 2013, he took 57 catches for 673 yards and five touchdowns.
Chargers beat reporter Kevin Acee says that TE Antonio Gates is "still the man" in San Diego. In a live chat, Acee said that "Gates is still the one who knows how to get open and seize the moment" when questioned about TE Ladarius Green's increasing role in the Chargers offense. Acee believes that Green and Gates will both see the field "a fair amount," but that Gates is the superior option.
CSN Bay Area is reporting RB Latavius Murray required a second surgery in December. The first surgery came last year while playing as a rookie, he suffered an ankle injury in Oakland's first preseason game. The second was to "tighten things up". Head coach Dennis Johnson noticed the difference thus far in camp, "I think now that he's back to being healthy, I think we're seeing a little bit more the type of back that we felt we were going to get when we drafted him. I think, to this point in camp and really through the first preseason game, he's done well."