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AFC West linebacker rankings: Thomas Davis, Vontaze Burfict join division

The AFC West has made some transitions at linebacker. The Raiders added former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. In Kansas City, many of the faces look the same, but GM Brett Veach traded for linebacker Darron Lee to be a speedy guy in the middle of the field. In Denver, Josey Jewell will get the nod to be the starter after coming on strong last season. The Chargers invested in veteran Thomas Davis who has played at a high level for years.

Despite the similarity and change in the division, there is a definite change in defensive identity among all four teams.