Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was closely monitoring the Lions’ kicking competition throughout the preseason, and they quickly snapped up Dave Rayner when Rayner lost the Lions job to Jason Hanson.
Said Cowboys QB Tony Romo of the youth movement on the offensive line, “We need these young guys to step up and play. . . . Obviously when you have new people there are going to be mistakes here and there.”
Dolphins RB Larry Johnson said, “I’m not really comfortable. And I never can be comfortable. Because like I said – you never know. I didn’t know I was going to get released in week two of last season.”
Said Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco, “I think it’s my third week. Let’s be realistic. It’s the highest levels of football. It’s not easy.”
Everyone else may be worried about the way Giants QB Eli Manning has played this preseason, but Manning says everyone should relax: “No one ever remembers what your preseason numbers are.”
Asked if his defense is preparing to face the Colts with Peyton Manning in Week 1, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said, “We expect the Colts to be at their best, so you bet.”
Saints coach Sean Payton said Will Smith was excused from practice Tuesday because of a death in the family.
Asked about his offense struggling during the preseason, Jets coach Rex Ryan said, “We don’t prepare for preseason games. We’re not game-planning anyway.”
Those last three one-liners came from the transcripts of coaches’ press conferences distributed by the teams’ PR staffs.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said RB Jahvid Best will play in Thursday’s preseason finale at Buffalo.
New Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is happy with the results so far in the preseason.
Said Packers coach Mike McCarthy of the close of training camp, “As far as our last two weeks, I thought that was the way practice was supposed to look like. You couldn’t say that the first couple of weeks. I feel good about that.”
Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez realizes that if you can’t stay healthy, you can’t play in the NFL.
When asked about struggling in pass coverage, Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny said, “You’re obviously referring to one play. . . . I got beat by Fred Jackson . . . there’s not too many linebackers that are going to win every time. I’m going to get beat again in coverage at some point in the year.”
The Chiefs are down to three experienced offensive tackles after Ryan O’Callaghan went on injured reserve.
Some folks in the Bay Area are wondering: Should the NFL consider alcohol-free stadiums?
Rams WR Mike Sims-Walker says he and QB Sam Bradford have a lot of work to do: “It’s critical right now, man. We’re a little bit over a week away from the real deal. We’ve got to buckle down. . . . I don’t think me and Sam are where we want to be, especially with the timing thing. We’ve still got some work to do.”
Coach Jim Harbaugh says the 49ers have seven players who can start on the offensive line.