Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said of the receivers in this year’s draft, “They get prettier every year — bigger and faster and long arms. The wide receiver group is deep.”
The schedule-makers don’t view the Dolphins as a marquee team; Miami’s only prime time game is a Thursday nighter against Buffalo.
Patriots LB Jerod Mayo, who has a cameo in The Three Stooges, says, “Right now I’m focused on football. But if there are any roles out there, I’m willing to take them.”
Said Jets coach Rex Ryan of the schedule, “To be honest, I was hoping we could get a couple of the teams I requested on the schedule. I requested a couple of local high school teams, Madison high school and Summit but they’re not on there.”
Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe signed his second-round restricted free agent tender and will make $1.93 million this season.
Last year the Bengals weren’t in prime time at all; this year they open the season against the Ravens on Monday Night Football.
For the 13th time in 14 years, the Browns open the season at home.
When the Steelers unveiled their throwback uniforms, the immediate reaction from fans was negative.
The Texans will get a prime-time game on NBC for the first time in franchise history, and head coach Gary Kubiak said of the schedule, “We get some opportunities to play in some big prime-time games. That’s a credit to the team, the players and the job they did.”
The Colts and Patriots are scheduled to meet for the 13th time since 2003.
Jaguars DT Terrance Knighton says he’s in good spirits and can see out of his injured eye again after surgery.
The Titans have a tough first month of the season.
Broncos QB Peyton Manning will duel with plenty of good quarterbacks this season.
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel says he doesn’t mind competing to keep the starting job.
Raiders QB Carson Palmer gets to face his former team on November 25.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers on calling his dad as soon as the schedule was released: “My dad told me I was crazy, but I like it. . . . We’ve known who we’re playing and where, but knowing when allows us to visually start putting yourself in the moment and start piecing things together and get excited and dream about having the best season we’ve ever had here.”
The Cowboys have a tough schedule down the stretch.
The Super Bowl champion Giants get five prime time games.
The Eagles have some tough early tests on their schedule.
Redskins LB Lorenzo Alexander is making the transition to the inside.
Said Bears coach Lovie Smith after the schedule came out, “I love starting the season at home in front of our fans. I don’t think there is a better place to kick off the season than playing at Soldier Field on the lakefront. Playing five of our first 10 games in prime time also stands out. Each week brings its own challenge and we are excited to begin our pursuit of a world championship.”
Lions DE Kyle Vanden Bosch says there’s no reason to worry about franchise player Cliff Avril: He’ll be ready to go before the season starts.
This season will be the sixth time in Mike McCarthy’s seven years as Packers head coach that his team opens the season at home.
Said Vikings P Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota stadium situation, “A lot of you are asking for a rant against the legislature. As much as I enjoy invective, it’s unwarranted. This is how representative democracy works; if you don’t approve of the actions taken you can vote against the people responsible.”
The Falcons’ schedule features four prime-time games.
Last year the Panthers played 15 of their 16 games at 1 p.m., but with Cam Newton emerging as a star, the NFL now views the Panthers as prime time players.
Unsigned franchise player Connor Barth isn’t in the mix yet, so the Buccaneers claimed K Kai Forbath off waivers from the Cowboys.
The Cardinals caught a break with their trips to northern climates coming early enough in the season that snow likely won’t be an issue.
After a year off, Rams coach Jeff Fisher says coaching is where he belongs.
Seahawks QB Matt Flynn will see his old team in Week Three.