Breaking down a statistical analysis of the top five Bills running backs of all time.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton said feeling more comfortable has allowed him to take more control in practices: “If a guy runs a route a little differently, instead of letting a coach do it, I’m going to go over there and talk to him.”
Browns QB Seneca Wallace said a year in the offense has made Browns wideouts look faster this year. “There are guys flying around a lot faster,” Wallace said. “The body language has changed on certain players because they’re a little more confident in what they have to do every time they step out. And that goes a long way.
With 50 new players on the 90-man roster, everything’s new in Indianapolis, leaving people feeling lost. “A lot of coaches, too,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “I couldn’t find the locker room. And once I got to the locker room, I said, ‘Where’s the field at?’ Other than the Combine, this is new to a lot of us.”
The Jaguars brought former Pro Bowl P Jeff Feagles to minicamp to work with rookie Bryan Anger. Feagles was impressed, saying the third-round pick has leg strength similar to some of the best. “You can tell the sound when guys are just hitting the ball,” Feagles said. “I’ve heard it from Mike Scifres and Shane Lechler. I’ve heard it in pregame. You don’t forget that sound, especially when you can’t make that sound yourself.”
Titans S Michael Griffin hasn’t signed his franchise tender, but he’s been a regular at offseason work and OTAs. “Everybody handles their personal issues differently,” CB Jason McCourty said. “Right now Griff is going through it and I think he’s been great this offseason. He’s been here, he’s been helping the younger guys.”
Denver Post columnist Woody Paige doesn’t think Broncos LB D.J. Williams is worth the trouble, and should be moved out.
With their top two receiving targets out, the Chiefs are focusing on getting their run game back in gear. “The big thing is you have to be committed to it, from the quarterbacks willing to carry out the fakes to receivers willing to go in and dig out the safeties to make 6-yard plays into 16-yard plays,” RT Eric Winston said.
Raiders S Michael Huff confirmed that the late Al Davis was the de facto defensive coordinator: “Nothing personal, but obviously, before with Al, rest in peace, he had his hands in all the defense. He had all his little things he liked to do. Now with D.A. [Dennis Allen] out there, we’ve got all kinds of blitzes, we’ve got 3-4, 4-3 fronts, just a lot of variety and different things going on. So I’m going to love it.”
The Cowboys have asked the league to start training camp early because they open the regular season on Sept. 5, but they’re not optimistic.
Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan joked that new defensive backs coach Raheem Morris can get under his skin with his constant trash talk during practice. Morris said he was glad to hear it and intended to “pump up the juice a little bit during training camp.”
Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp said Lions veterans have to take the fore to turn around the team’s off-field issues.
“It’s definitely an event that generates a lot of testosterone,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of the team’s clay shooting outing that replaced practice Wednesday.
Interim Saints coach Joe Vitt said suspended Sean Payton “would be very, very proud with this coaching staff. I think Sean would be very, very proud of the job the support staff has done from the trainers to equipment men to the cinematographers. When Sean left here there was one mandate — do your job, and these guys have definitely done their job.”
When asked if he’d prefer a quick QB resolution, Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt said: “If it was up to me, I’d prefer we had a quarterback resolution two years ago. But obviously that hasn’t happened.”