Dolphins RB Reggie Bush isn’t backing down from his goal of leading the league in rushing: “I believe in setting the highest goals possible. If you don’t set the highest standards for yourself, you don’t belong in this game. So I try to set the highest goals for myself and hopefully some of the younger guys follow suit.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has seen “an awful lot of things we need to work on” so far in training camp.
The Bengals are giving rave reviews to the new grass on their practice field.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur knows most people think he’s got one of the worst teams in the league, but says, “I’m not concerned with that. My concern is the players, their mindset, winning football games and the fans of this community who can go to work on Monday and be proud because their team won. That’s what my concerns are.”
Steelers S Troy Polamalu says that just because he’s one of the longest-tenured veterans on the team, that won’t make him yell and scream at the younger guys on the team: “I am definitely not a vocal leader, if a leader at all.”
Titans WR Tommie Campbell shrugged it off when a radio station erroneously reported that he was a passenger in the car when teammate Kenny Britt was charged with DUI at Fort Campbell: “My agent called and told me about it. I was upset, but at the same time I understand that people make mistakes. I guess somebody heard, ‘Fort Campbell,’ and thought, ‘Tommie Campbell.’ I’ve got more important things to worry about than that.”
Broncos rookie QB Brock Osweiler has shown good arm strength and good mobility so far in training camp.
Said Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, “There’s no doubt this is the best personnel group we’ve had since we’ve been here in Kansas City. Now it’s also about us coming together as an offensive unit. You never know until you get out there and start going and how you’re going to mesh.”
Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder says he’ll be using instant replays this season to help diagnose everything from concussions to high ankle sprains by looking at the videos of the plays in which they occurred.
Says Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake of rookie WR Alshon Jeffery, “The size, the hands, all those things you see are legit. How he’s going to react in a game situation, we don’t know. But we’ll know soon.”
Lions great Barry Sanders says Jim Schwartz shouldn’t be blamed for the team’s off-field issues: “As a coach, there is only so much you can do. You are dealing with young men and you can’t babysit them. As much as they are in your organization, they are a part of your family, but they go off and they have to make quick decisions on their own.”
Here’s Saints WR Adrian Arrington talking about getting opportunities to play with the first string.
Buccaneers C Jeremy Zuttah is glad to be entrenched as a starter at one position, rather than bouncing around all five spots on the offensive line.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt likes the extra work that comes with playing in the Hall of Fame Game.
The Rams want to be bigger and meaner this season.
Said 49ers TE Delanie Walker of playing through a broken jaw, “When you think about injuries, you’re going to get hurt. I don’t think about it at all.”
Said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll of WR Braylon Edwards, “He’s a tough competitor. He blocks and is aggressive when he gets his chances. He runs aggressively with the ball in his hands, and he’s got a big catching range.”