Bills TE Pete Metzelaars is trying to get his pupils to embrace blocking; “Blocking comes down to heart and will, it really does,” Metzelaars said. “Are you willing to put the effort in? Are you going to work hard at it and take pride in doing it? If you’re going, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, I’m a receiver,’ it’s hard to get you to block.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan admits he didn’t realize the team had an issue in the locker room last season.
To promote team building, the Patriots went through offseason workouts with no numbers on their jerseys.
The newborn baby of Ravens QB Joe Flacco has a Twitter page.
Steelers RB Baron Batch likes to paint, but he’s surely hoping the doctor who fixed his knee was a ligament artist.
Browns QB Colt McCoy shouldn’t quit his day job. (Assuming he doesn’t get fired from it.)
Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick, after exclusively working in press coverage at Alabama, is learning how to backpedal.
The company that had been paid $1.2 million per year to manage Everbank Field since 1992 is willing to slash its price to $150,000. (Which raises a valid question: Who in the hell negotiated these deals for Jacksonville in the past?)
Titans RB Chris Johnson is comparing himself to LeBron James; “He just gives me motivation to bounce back for this year, to see the things he came back and did and prove the naysayers wrong,” Johnson said. “So I kind of look at him as a guy like me.”
Colts coach Chuck Pagano told his players to stay out of trouble during their time off before training camp.
WR Mike Sims-Walker is still waiting to be signed by the Texans. Or anyone else.
Broncos LB Von Miller was named the Colorado Athlete of the Year. (The guy who likely would have been the first choice no longer lives or works there.)
Single-game tickets to Chiefs games will go on sale July 18.
The Raiders and S Tyvon Branch, who signed his one-year franchise tender, continue to work on a long-term deal; “Nobody’s slamming the phone on each other so that’s positive,” G.M. Reggie McKenzie said.
The third annual Philip Rivers 5K Celebrity Walk and Fun Run was held on Saturday. (Proceeds may or may not go to the search for a cure for rabies.)
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told his team to “make great decisions” during their time off (and he may or may not have been looking at Dez Bryant when he said it).
Don Banks of SI.com believes Vince Young’s dream may be realized by the Eagles, a year late.
The Giants employees who don’t wear helmets and pads got their Super Bowl rings on Friday.
Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan says WR Santana Moss “came in possessed.” (It makes it easier to track those deep balls if you can spin your head all the way around.)
CB Charles Tillman doesn’t care much for math problems based on the Bears losing to the Packers.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz doesn’t care about QB Kellen Moore’s height; “It’s well documented that he doesn’t have the strongest arm, he doesn’t have the prototypical size but once you get out on the field you don’t get extra points for being 6-foot-4, you get 7 points for moving the ball and getting it into the end zone, and that’s what he has done so far in camp.”
In the third week of OTAs, Vikings S Harrison Smith finally moved from the second-team to the first.
With help from starter Aaron Rodgers, QB Graham Harrell is solidifying his spot as the primary backup in Green Bay.
It’s official: Saints owner Tom Benson now owns the New Orleans Hornets.
Panthers WR Steve Smith is hosting his annual youth football camp.
With Mike Nolan now the defensive coordinator in Atlanta, the safeties could have a bigger role.
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson has a plan for the offseason; “Obviously you want to take a little rest for a short amount of time,” Jackson said. “But the biggest thing is just to stay on top of things. You don’t want to lose what we’ve built here. . . . [K]eep yourself in physical shape, be ready to go conditioning-wise and mentally stay in it.”
Rams coach Jeff Fisher is “pleased” with where the team is after the conclusion of the offseason program.
A golfer wearing Niners gear shot an 80 on the first day of the U.S. Open.
The new rookie wage scale has helped the Cardinals end a long history of first-round holdouts.
Tarvaris Jackson gets the first turn at quarterback once the Seahawks open training camp.