Bills WR T.J. Graham had a successful track career and is the son of an Olympic silver medalist, but he wants everyone to know that he’s a football player first and foremost, and not just a sprinter who plays football on the side.
Dolphins QB Matt Moore compares himself to a relief pitcher because he’s rarely the been the chosen starter in his NFL career.
There have been questions about whether the Patriots will get the 2010 version of CB Devin McCourty who looked like one of the best young cornerbacks in the league, or the 2011 version who struggled. But McCourty says he’s just “the 2012 McCourty.”
Former Jets QB Chad Pennington has an optimistic view of the pairing of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
Ravens K Billy Cundiff is no lock to keep the kicking job in Baltimore.
Bengals G Travelle Wharton knows that as a 31-year-old with a torn ACL, his future is in doubt. But he’s trying to stay positive: “I’m just going to attack this surgery as if I was a 21-22 year old,” Wharton said. “I just want to be healthy and attack this thing going into this rehab and surgery with an open mind and get through it. Going down before you even get started is disappointing to anyone. I wanted to come in here and fit into it and be ready to go to work.”
Browns fans are being talked off the ledge over concerns about rookie QB Brandon Weeden.
Steelers WR Antonio Brown says he regrets taking a swing at teammate Ike Taylor in practice: “I am a football player, not a UFC fighter or someone trying to fight guys. I could’ve been fined; I could’ve broken my hand — a lot of scenarios could’ve been really bad.”
Texans coach Gary Kubiak liked what he saw of rookie OLB Whitney Mercilus in his preseason debut: “It’s just one game, but let’s just say he’s caught on fast to what we’re doing. He played 41 plays, and he was excellent.”
Colts RB Donald Brown is finally looking like the player they need him to be.
The Jaguars are making their plans at running back in case Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t report for the start of the season.
Titans DE Pannel Egboh is competing for first-team reps even though he’s a little-known player who has never played in an NFL regular-season game.
Here’s a good story on Broncos RB Xavier Omon, who has had a rough road to the NFL.
Chargers DT Cam Thomas is facing his third child support case in the last eight months.
Steve Maneri has dropped 40 pounds and moved from the offensive line to tight end for the Chiefs.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen says RB Darren McFadden needs to get preseason touches to be ready for the regular season.
Andre Holmes has a good chance of becoming the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiver.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of RB D.J. Ware, “He has a very good attitude. I kind of like what I see.”
Former Eagles DB and assistant coach Jimmy Carr has died at the age of 79.
Bears QB Jay Cutler will play in Chicago’s second preseason game.
Lions backup OT Jason Fox is looking strong in training camp.
Packers third-string QB B.J. Coleman doesn’t appear to have a great shot of making the 53-man roster.
The Vikings want QB Joe Webb to learn to be a pocket passer.
Falcons WR Harry Douglas won’t return any punts during the preseason.
Said Panthers coach Ron Rivera of fights at training camp, “There’s a lot of sniping that goes on. Those little things shouldn’t matter. We’ve just got to get past that. It’s that time in camp. Let’s be honest, we’re two and a half weeks into it, and they drag a little bit. That’s going to happen. That’s why it is good when you get a chance to play against somebody else.”
Saints DT Sedrick Ellis is heading into a contract year, so he knows he needs to be at the top of his game.
The Buccaneers’ coaching staff says backup QB Dan Orlovsky adds valuable experience to the meeting room. (He can teach Josh Freeman how to run out the back of the end zone.)
Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm has taken some criticism for the failure to protect the quarterbacks in Arizona, and he says that criticism is understandable.
Rams OT Barry Richardson signed with the understanding that he was going to be a backup, and he’s surprised he’s now in the starting lineup.
Says 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh of two-way player Demarcus Dobbs, “Everybody wants a piece of Dobbs right now, on both sides of the ball and special teams. He is a popular guy with our coaching staff. It’s something that’s being, to the best of our ability, thought out and planned and utilized, that he’s not overused, overstrained and we don’t get diminishing returns.”
Seahawks WR Sidney Rice is making progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery, but he’s not expected to play this week.