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Around the AFC West: Roster Cuts in the Division


As we get ready to kick off the regular season, let's take a look at how the Bolts' division rivals are shaping up after a weekend of roster cuts.

Denver Broncos:

The biggest splash in Broncos news is backup quarterback Paxton Lynch. The team cut the 2016 first-round pick on Sunday and picked up Washington Redskins backup Kevin Hogan off waivers. Lynch ends his two years with the Broncos with four starts, 792 passing yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Hogan was a fifth-round pick the same year as Lynch. In his two seasons in the league, Hogan played eight games and started one, posting a career total 621 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Other transactions included placing safety Su'a Cravens on injured reserve and signing wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie in a corresponding move.

Meanwhile, Denver kicks off the season at home against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Many will be watching Case Keenum in his first start for the Broncos, as he goes up against Seattle's Russell Wilson. Denver has been a nightmare place for opponents to play early in the year as the Broncos have a win percentage of 85 percent when playing at home during the first two weeks of the season.

Kansas City Chiefs:

Like the Broncos, the Chiefs also made a backup quarterback cut. The team released Matt McGloin, choosing to stick with two QBs, starter Patrick Mahomes and backup Chad Henne.

Waiving McGloin opened up a spot for the Chiefs to claim guard Ike Boettger off waivers on Sunday. They also signed free agent safety Ron Parker, who is penciled in as the starting safety on their first unofficial depth chart.

Meanwhile, the Bolts scooped up former Chiefs defensive lineman T.Y. McGill off waivers. McGill signed with the Chiefs in January, ranking sixth on the team this preseason with eight tackles while also recording a tackle for loss and QB hit.

He will face his former team right away when the two AFC rivals meet this Sunday for the first game of the season. This will be the fourth time the Chargers host the Chiefs for the season opener, and the first time since 1992. The Bolts are 4-6 against the Chiefs in season openers.

Oakland Raiders:

All offseason, eyes have been on the Raiders and Khalil Mack, wondering when the two parties would come to an agreement. On Saturday, the Raiders traded Mack to the Chicago Bears, along with 2020 second-round and fifth-round draft picks. In exchange, Oakland received 2019 first-round and fifth-round picks, and 2020 first-round and third-round picks.

In his four years in the league, Mack, who is now the highest-paid defensive player, has a career total of 40.5 sacks, 231 total tackles and nine forced fumbles.

With all the news surrounding Mack, another Raiders roster move went slightly unnoticed. The team cut its second and third quarterbacks, EJ Manuel and Connor Cook, and traded for fifth-year quarterback AJ McCarron. McCarron, who previously signed with the Bills in March, was 13-of-34 with three touchdown passes in the last preseason game

Other transactions included claiming two tackles, T.J. Clemmings and Justin Murray, off waivers on Sunday, and signing WR Brandon LaFell on Monday.

The Raiders begin the season with a Monday night game against the Los Angeles Rams. Fans will be eager to see how the team stacks up in Jon Gruden's return to the sideline as Raiders head coach for the first time since 2001.

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