Tuesday morning one-liners

Bills DE Aaron Schobel is itching to see his first meaningful game action since Week Five of 2008.

Dolphins LB Channing Crowder used the suspension of Oregon RB LaGarette Blount as a way to revisit last year’s scrap with Patriots T Matt Light, particularly the penalty each player received.

Ron Borges of the Boston Herald writes that Patriots DT Vince Wilfork is in perfect position to press his leverage over the team by holding out this week.

The Jets worked out former Titans LB Ryan Fowler on Monday.

The Ravens were double-digit underdogs before the first game of 2008 and are now double-digit favorites this weekend.

Rookie Rey Maualuga will be the starting strongside linebacker for the Bengals on Sunday.

Browns WR Josh Cribbs killed the notion , which he raised during the offseason, of an in-season holdout.

If LB Lawrence Timmons’s ankle forces him from the lineup against the Titans, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin feels comfortable going with LB Keyaron Fox.

The Texans received a roster exemption for CB Dunta Robinson, but it will be short-lived if he follows through on his intention to play against the Jets on Sunday.

By releasing DT Terrance Taylor, CB Dante Hughes and others, the Colts showed that sentimentality plays no role in their roster construction.

The Jaguars cut CB Kennard Cox on Tuesday, which clears a roster spot they may need for a running back if Maurice Jones-Drew’s shin injury keeps him out of the lineup Sunday.

Titans WR Nate Washington practiced on Tuesday but his availablity for Thursday night remains in doubt.

Broncos CB Andre’ Goodman expects to be tested often because teams will try their best to avoid CB Champ Bailey.

Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers, who missed the final preseason game with a shoulder injury, returned to practice and said that he’ll be in the lineup on Sunday.

Said Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, “We understand that we are rookies but I remember playing as a freshman
at Maryland.  I had to come in with a junior mentality.  Now that I am
a rookie starting, I have to come in and play like a vet.”

Chargers S C.J. Spillman was told he was being released on Sunday morning, but the team changed course and he’s still on the 53-man roster.

Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick, the Cowboys’ co-starters at right cornerback, both say that their competition for the job was a media creation.

Giants DL Chris Canty took part in his first full practice in a month on Monday and hopes to play against the Redskins on Sunday.

Said Eagles T Shawn Andrews of facing Panthers DE Julius Peppers this weekend, “He’s a beast. But so am I. So let the beasting begin.”

Redskins RB Rock Cartwright said that he’d prefer to just meet with the special teams coach since having four tailbacks on the roster means he won’t see touches on offense. 

David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune thinks the Bears should be on the lookout for a veteran backup for RB Matt Forte.

Said Lions coach Jim Schwartz of QB Matthew Stafford, “This isn’t an experiment, this isn’t an internship. We’re not asking him to go out there and practice. He’s out there to
win, and that’s the bottom line in this league.”

Packers LB A.J. Hawk doesn’t feel that a reduction in his playing time is a reflection of his play.

Said Vikings QB John David Booty, “You [devote] your whole offseason and camp and preseason to making that
club and for that not to happen it is disappointing. But I am happy to
still be a part of it.”

Will Tony Gonzalez or Roddy White lead the Falcons in catches this season?

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer believes that talent and leadership will put the Panthers back to the playoffs this season.

The chances of RB Pierre Thomas being in the Saints lineup for Week One got lower when he suffered a cut that needed stitches on an undisclosed part of his body over the weekend.

The Buccaneers unveiled their two-deep depth chart Monday, but stressed that rotations at several positions make it somewhat miseading.

Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin missed Monday’s practice because of a pulled hamstring.

Rams DT Adam Carriker is set to have shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

In something of a surprise, the 49ers announced that Shawntae Spencer will start at cornerback along with Nate Clements.

Said Seahawks S Lawyer Milloy, “I’m trying to get in and fit in. Get friendships and
learn the playbook. Everything else will take care of itself. If I have
to be a backup, that’s what I have to do. I’ll accept that role.” 

5 responses to “Tuesday morning one-liners

  1. The Jets should sign Fowler.
    They will probably wait under after week #1, though.
    I think Washington will play Thursday, despite what they are saying.
    If he is healthy enough then he had better play. The Titans need him to play badly…

  2. ”The Titans need him to play badly…”
    Oops… what I meant to say was the Titans need him to play WELL but they do need him on the field Thursday night very badly…

  3. “…Titans WR Nate Washington practiced on Tuesday but his availablity for Thursday night remains in doubt. …”
    Smart guy – he knows what’s in store. Better to watch the carnage from the bench.
    He took a page outta Me-O’s playbook, fake just long enough to miss the beating by the Steelers D.

  4. Ron Borges of the Boston Herald writes that Patriots DT Vince Wilfork is in perfect position to press his leverage over the team by holding out this week.
    Maybe Wilfork would like finishing his contract in Detroit or Cincinnati.

  5. I just heard that Fowler may have indeed signed with the Jets today.
    Decent move by them, if true…

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