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The Los Angeles Chargers were recently called the team to beat in the AFC West by Denver Broncos general manager John Elway. But Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn doesn’t want to hear it.

“That sounds like a mousetrap to me,” Lynn said Thursday during an appearance on “NFL Up to the Minute,” via Herbie Teope of NFL.com. “That’s all I can say about that drill.

“We know Kansas City won this division, they had a good draft, they brought in some key free agents. To me, that’s still the team to beat in this division. Until we beat Kansas City, we can’t even talk about playoffs and things like that.”

The Chargers overcame an 0-4 start to finish 2017 second in the division (9-7), winning six of their final seven games. The Chiefs (10-6) finished on top, but lost to the Tennessee Titans in the wild-card round.

Kansas City then traded veteran quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. Now the Chiefs appear set to hand the offense to sophomore QB Patrick Mahomes.

The team didn’t have a first-round pick in the 2018 draft, but selected defensive end Breeland Speaks with the 46th overall choice. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was the Chiefs’ marquee free-agent addition.

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Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is blocking veterans Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates from attending the Aug. 5 Hall of Fame induction ceremony for their former teammate, LaDainian Tomlinson, sources told Alex Marvez of Sporting News.

Lynn is insisting that Rivers and Gates participate in the Chargers’ training camp session instead, adds Marvez, which will be their first at StubHub Center.

Gates is still considering attending the ceremony despite Lynn’s wishes, even if he’s fined, one source told Marvez.

Marvez notes that it’s common for teams to grant exceptions for active players to attend Hall of Fame ceremonies for former teammates, pointing to the Arizona Cardinals allowing Larry Fitzgerald to miss practice for Kurt Warner’s induction this weekend.

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Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is confident that Philip Rivers will enjoy a resurgent campaign this fall, partly due to the quarterback’s offseason regimen.

“He’s in great shape. He’s lost nine or 10 pounds,” Lynn said Tuesday on “The Jim Rome Show,” according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. “Watching him run around on the field with the younger guys, he looks rejuvenated and he’s got a little zip on the ball. He can have three or four more productive years easily in my mind.”

Rivers was named to the sixth Pro Bowl of his career last season, but the Chargers slumped to a 5-11 record, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

The Chargers fired head coach Mike McCoy immediately after the team’s season-ending loss and hired Lynn on Jan. 12.

Keenan Allen‘s expected to return from a torn ACL this season, and the Chargers used their first-round pick on wide receiver Mike Williams, providing Rivers with ample options in the passing game.