Chargers' Rivers proud of 200th consecutive start
Denver Broncos: With Demaryius Thomas suddenly on the opposite sideline for Sunday's game, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. isn't worried about handling the new Houston Texans wideout. Asked who has the advantage between the two, Harris replied, "Me." Why? "Because I'm that good," Harris said. Harris also said he's excited about the possible season debut of safety Su'a Cravens, who is on track to be activated from injured reserve for Sunday's game. "He's a playmaker," Harris said of Cravens. "To get a guy who is a big body like him -- he's a great blitzer, he can play the run, and also he's a big-bodied guy who can also guard the tight end ... he's going to be huge.''
Kansas City Chiefs: With the Chiefs visiting this week, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield told reporters Wednesday that Patrick Mahomes probably should have been Cleveland's No. 1 overall pick in 2017 based "on talent" over actual pick Myles Garrett. Asked about those comments, Mahomes said he'd have loved to have gone first overall but always hoped to end up in Kansas City. "I mean, I'm glad I'm here," he said. "For sure. You want to be the number one draft pick. You want to be that guy. I think they got a good guy in Myles Garrett. He's pretty talented I would say from watching film. It's awesome for him to say that, but I know now that we are both happy with the situations we're in."
Los Angeles Chargers: Sunday's game at Seattle will mark Philip Rivers' 200th consecutive regular-season start, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. Rivers told reporters on Wednesday that he once had his sights set on Brett Favre's record streak of 297, but added with a laugh, "I'm not gonna get there." Still, he said it's "pretty cool" to hit 200 in a row. "Obviously the two Mannings and Favre have started more than 200 in a row," he said. "And I just feel thankful. I think there's a small element of toughness involved, but then again, shoot, lots of prayers for me from many people on Sundays." Rivers needs 10 more regular-season starts to pass Peyton Manning (208) and 12 more to pass Eli Manning (210) on the list.
Oakland Raiders: With 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (throwing wrist) banged up and questionable for Thursday night's game, the Raiders could be facing second-year undrafted QB Nick Mullens, who never has appeared in an NFL game. Head coach Jon Gruden told reporters Wednesday "you never underestimate anybody in this league" and added that who plays quarterback is less important than Kyle Shanahan's scheme. " You have to prepare for this running game and everything that comes off of it," Gruden said. "If you can't stop the running game against Shanahan, you got no chance, because they have as good of move-the-pocket system and play-action system as there is in the league."
--Field Level Media
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