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A player who has knelt during the anthem took umbrage Thursday with President Donald Trump’s latest criticism of such protests.

After Trump said of NFL players who don’t stand during the national anthem ahead of games, “Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,” Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall called the statement “disgusting.”

“I say ‘disgusting’ because of our First Amendment rights,” Marshall told Jeff Legwold of ESPN. “We have freedom of speech, right? Freedom to protest? Because somebody decides to protest something, now they have to be kicked out of the country? That’s not how things should work, in my opinion.”

Marshall joined the protests in 2016, kneeling during eight games that season. He did the same in Week 3 of the 2017 season after Trump caused a firestorm by calling for protesters to be yanked off the field and lose their jobs.

He received death threats after taking his position in 2016.

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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.

With the draft and free agency in the rearview, things are beginning to take shape across the NFL as the countdown to the season begins.

One division that promises to be wide open this year is the AFC West, with each club facing a number of questions that must be answered for them to be considered contenders.

The Denver Broncos certainly improved at their most vulnerable position by signing quarterback Case Keenum in the offseason, but despite that signing, general manager John Elway pointed toward another team in the division as the favorites.

“I thought the Chargers did a really nice job with the draft,” Elway said last week, via Peter King of The MMQB. “They’ve got a settled quarterback, even though the Raiders do too. Looking at it, (the Chargers) may be the ones to beat.”

After starting the season with four straight losses, Los Angeles rebounded by posting a 9-3 mark to close the schedule, narrowly missing the playoffs on the last day of the season.

With star pivot Philip Rivers back for his 15th season, the offense will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with yet again. Adding former Florida State star Derwin James in the first round of the draft was a savvy move by the club, as it now has a talented player in the secondary to pair with the ferocious pass-rush of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

Oddsmakers appear to agree with Elway’s assessment, as the Westgate Superbook has the Chargers listed as 3-2 favorites to claim the division crown.

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Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos when free agency opens Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Keenum, who turned 30 in February, is coming off the finest season of his career. He went 11-3 for the Vikings, setting career highs in completion percentage (67.6 percent), yards (3,547), touchdowns (22), and quarterback rating (98.3).

Minnesota finished the season an impressive 13-3, eventually losing the NFC Championship Game to the Philadelphia Eagles. That loss came after a wild divisional-round win over the New Orleans Saints, in which Keenum threw for over 300 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

Denver, meanwhile, has found its quarterback. It considered Kirk Cousins and discussed Teddy Bridgewater, but Keenum’s the man, Schefter adds.

There’s no word on Keenum’s contract details as of late Monday night, but he’s in for a big raise on the $2 million the Vikings paid him in 2017.

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway attempted to take responsibility for calling his players “soft.”

Elway told reporters last week that the team had gone “soft” during their losing streak and called the Broncos out for the manner in which they were competing.

He attempted to clarify his remarks Tuesday after many players balked at the implication.

“I was talking about everybody in the organization … when you’ve had success sometimes you get soft,” Elway said on Orange and Blue 760.

“I knew before I said it that some guys were not going to like that.”

The Broncos began the season 3-1, but have since lost their last six games and slumped to the bottom of the AFC West. Denver fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Monday.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is near the top of his game, and he credits changing his diet for his sustained success.

Miller tore his ACL during the 2013 season and missed his team’s appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII as a result. The Broncos superstar told The Ringer’s Joe House that the injury motivated him to alter his approach.

“My eureka moment was when I got into the National Football League, my first three years I was eating just like I was in college,” Miller said. “And I was like, ‘Hey, I’m still getting the same kind of success. If I’m playing great on the football field, if I’m still playing on a high level, then why change anything?’ And I had an injury. I had torn my ACL, and whenever you have an injury like that you just sit back and all you can do is think. So I was reprogramming my whole entire life. … And I was like, for me to get ahead and for me to take my game to the next level, I need to get a chef.”

Though Miller initially only had his chef work three days a week, once he noticed he was feeling a lot better, he decided to hire a chef full-time.

“And my body started to change, I started to think (more clearly),” Miller said. “And, boom, here we are today.”

Miller chose Los Angeles as his favorite food city in the NFL, giving a particular shoutout to Erewhon, a natural foods company based out of the city.

“I like L.A. I like Erewhon in L.A. Erewhon is like a farmer’s market, and everything that you cook there is healthy. … You can only be as good as your choices and the environment you’re in, and L.A. has the environment for everybody when it comes to nutritious food,” Miller said.

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Denver Broncos minority owner John Bowlen denied that he’s actively trying to sell his minority stake in the franchise, the team said in a release.

A report surfaced Sunday that Bowlen is planning to sell his 30-to-35 percent of the team because he’s upset about how it’s being run, but the Broncos denied that’s the case.

“Broncos minority owner John Bowlen, accompanied by his advisor, indicated at our Sept. 18 board meeting that he is extremely pleased with the way the organization is being operated under Joe Ellis in the absence of his brother, owner Pat Bowlen,” the statement reads.

Ellis took over the day-to-day operations of the team in 2014 after Broncos majority owner Pat Bowlen stepped away because of Alzheimer’s disease.

“John has never made any statements to the contrary, and at this meeting he voiced his full support for the contract extensions given to Ellis and other key team executives. John also indicated that although he is not actively looking to sell his minority, non-voting stake in the team, he recently was approached by someone who expressed interest in his share of the team. This afternoon, John informed multiple members of the organization that the opinions attributed to him by an anonymous source in a media report did not come from him and do not represent his views.”

The team also noted that Pat’s stake is not for sale, as the plan is to keep it in the Bowlen family.