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It's been the Broncos' division to lose since signing Peyton Manning in 2012. He's retired now, and Denver is starting over. The quest for the AFC West starts this month.

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The Denver Broncos are coming off of a Super Bowl 50 victory, and they have a number of questions that need to be resolved in training camp, not the least of which is who will take over under center for Peyton Manning. For the Chiefs, quarterback isn’t a question, but ensuring Jamaal Charles is at full strength for the season certainly is.

For the Raiders, the plan during training camp will be to build on what Derek Carr and Amari Cooper have begun to create offensively as well as improve the defense. The Chargers just want to field an offensive line that can keep Philip Rivers upright and a defense that will allow them to improve upon last year’s 4-12 record.

Denver Broncos

Location: Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, Englewood, Colo.
Start date: July 28
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The Broncos’ replacement for Peyton Manning will be determined in training camp and the preseason. It’s been assumed that Mark Sanchez would get the starting nod, but head coach Gary Kubiak insists that Trevor Siemian could surprise us all (nobody really believes him). Rookie Paxton Lynch will need a strong camp and preseason to play his way into consideration as the starter this season.

General manager John Elway didn’t succumb to Brock Osweiler’s contract demands -- he signed with the Texans and appears to be on acrimonious terms with the organization -- but he did wind up giving in to Von Miller. The ferocious outside linebacker signed a six-year, $114.5 million deal, including $70 million guaranteed, with the Broncos, ensuring that the team will be led by its defense once again.

The need to re-sign Miller was likely magnified by their losses of defensive lineman Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan. Denver has two starting spots to fill at linebacker this training camp, and will likely try to find ways for its dominant pass-rush to cover up any warts.

Kansas City Chiefs

Location: Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo.
Start date: July 30
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Monitoring Jamaal Charles’ progress as he battles back from a torn ACL will probably be the dominant storyline this training camp for the Chiefs. Charles wrecked his ACL in mid-October, meaning he’s roughly nine months removed from the gruesome injury. Though the timeline for recovery for knee injuries gets shorter every year, the Chiefs will have to keep an eye on his workload.

The biggest personnel hole on the Chiefs is in the secondary, where they’ll aim to replace cornerback Sean Smith, who signed with the Raiders in free agency. Sophomore Marcus Peters emerged as the unequivocal No. 1 corner with his eight interceptions last season, but the Chiefs will have to find someone to complement him. The most probable candidates are Phillip Gaines and third-round pick KeiVarae Russell.

Eric Berry got stuck the franchise tag and no long-term deal. He will not report for the start of camp, so that's a situation to keep an eye on. They’ll look to build off the momentum from their 2015 campaign, where they won their final 11 contests and routed the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs.

Oakland Raiders

Location: Napa Valley Training Complex, Napa, Calif.
Start date: July 29
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With the emergence of Derek Carr and Amari Cooper last year, the Raiders sought to shore up their defense this offseason. Oakland brought in Malcolm Smith, Bruce Irvin and Reggie Nelson to join a unit that surrendered the 11th-most points in the league last season. They’ll join star linebacker Khalil Mack, who recorded a whopping 15 sacks in his sophomore campaign.

Surrounded by relocation controversy, Raiders fans can take solace in the fact that their offense may be the best it’s been in years. In addition to the blossoming connection between Carr and Cooper, running back Latavius Murray -- who finished second in the NFL in rushing yards in 2015 -- has also emerged as a dynamic threat. Perhaps most impressively, he caught 41 passes out of the backfield last year as well.

The addition of Kelechi Osemele should also improve an offensive line that was already pretty good. For the first time in a while, the Raiders will look to not just return to relevance, but compete.

San Diego Chargers

Location: Chargers Park, San Diego, Calif.
Start date: July 30
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Maybe the biggest culprit for the Chargers’ miserable 4-12 campaign was their paltry defense -- and it probably got worse this offseason. The team lost starting defensive end Kendall Reyes in free agency and stalwart safety Eric Weddle as well. Expectations are high for No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa, who still hasn't signed his rookie deal.

Finding replacements for departed starters will be the focus on the defensive side of the ball, while finding a competent mix of offensive linemen will be the Chargers’ other top goal this summer. San Diego allowed 40 sacks last season, and must find a way to better protect Philip Rivers. The key may be left tackle King Dunlap, who missed nine games due to injury in 2015.

With a quarterback like Rivers, the Chargers can’t be fully counted out of contention. But the progress of the O-line and defense will be the biggest indication as to whether the Chargers’ hopes for a rebound 2016 are realistic.