So why didn’t WR/QB Brad Smith make an impact for the Bills in 2011? “There was a lot going on, one of those crazy things where you come in, you don’t know anybody, don’t know the system, and you have to adjust,” Smith said.
Saturday’s scrimmage could help answer several questions for the Dolphins, especially at the quarterback position.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has invited new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to come to New England and learn the business of owning a football team.
The Ravens are hosting a free practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday.
Introduced as the new Browns owner on August 3, Jimmy Haslam first met former owner Randy Lerner on July 2.
Officially retired Steelers RB Willie Parker would likely stick with the Buccos; “The six years of my life were the best years I ever had,” Parker said at Steelers practice on Friday.
Three Titans games sold out on the first day of individual ticket sales.
Colts owner Jim Irsay says there’s something “SPECIAL” in the air, and that the team is “ahead” of where it was in Peyton Manning’s 3-13 rookie season. (Given that Manning’s Colts had Marshall Faulk, Marvin Harrison, and a solid offensive line, some may wonder whether that something “SPECIAL” in the air has anything to do with burning plant leaves.)
Even with their long-time No. 1 wideout gone, the Chargers still may have a pass-catching weapon named “Vincent.”
Despite the fairly close proximity of Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and Kansas coach Charlie Weis, Crennel doesn’t envision the former colleagues attending any of each other’s games.
With Broncos RT Orlando Franklin cleared to return to practice after suffering a concussion on July 28, the starting offense is at 100 percent for Saturday’s scrimmage. (That said, Franklin will be used “sparingly.”)
The Redskins are trying to reduce their number of blocked kicks by using “live” field goal periods in practice; five blocks were allowed by the team in 2011.
Bears DE Shea McLellin is feeling a little overwhelmed at training camp; “My head is in all different directions because I am getting advice from the players, the coaches,” McClellin said. “But I just have to focus in, do what they’re teaching me and hone in on those things.”
A Wisconsin firm will oversee the construction of the new Vikings stadium. (What’s next? A minority owner of the Steelers buying the Browns?)
With injuries at the position, the Falcons have added DT Conrad Obi.
Cardinals QB John Skelton says there’s no animosity between him and Kevin Kolb as they prepare for round one of their preseason position battle; “We’re feeding off each other,” Skelton said. “We’re both pushing each other both in meetings and on the field, so I think we’re both prepared for Sunday.”
Does Seahawks rookie RB Robert Turbin feel any pressure? “Nope. There’s no pressure. This is what I do. I’m a rookie, but I’m a professional football player right now, you know what I mean? So I’ve got to do my job.
Rams rookie G Rokevius Watkins is finally on the field after showing up 16 pounds overweight.
49ers players and coaches are still pestering former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs about the perceived bad call on what appeared to be a fumble by RB Ahmad Bradshaw in the NFC title game; “We still talk about that,” Jacobs said of coach Jim Harbaugh. “I told him, ‘Coach, I don’t feel bad for you.’”