The usual anti-gambling stance of the NFL isn’t stopping the Patriots from teaming up with the Massachusetts State Lottery.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says his brother Jimmy, who just bought the Cleveland Browns, has a job a lot like his own: “In some ways they are really not all that different,” said Bill Haslam. “You think about it they’re both very visible, you both have a fan base that feels very passionate about what you’re doing and then you obviously have people who aren’t cheering for you.”
Said Steelers WR Antonio Brown of having teammate Mike Wallace back, “A player like Mike is so explosive and gets so many things done. You need a guy like that on your team. It’s amazing when you can get him lined up on the other side and you know what he is capable of. It’s a great thing to have him here.”
Jaguars DE Andre Branch cracked some jokes about coach Mike Mularkey’s receding hairline at the team’s annual rookie show.
The Titans are big believers in the value of small receivers.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said DE Tamba Hali will play his normal role in the final preseason game before serving his Week One suspension.
The Chargers are still deciding on their kickoff returner.
With injuries depleting the secondary, the Giants are desperate for a cornerback to step up.
Says Eagles LB Akeem Jordan of going from a rough neighborhood to James Madison University to the NFL, “I thank God for every day, every hour, every minute I’m in the league. Where I came from – not too many people make it out from my city to play in college. Not too many people make it to the NFL from JMU.”
The Packers’ Hall of Fame has added an 86-year-old blanket to its collection, given to Ivan Cahoon as an end-of-year gift for the 1926 season.
With 10 receivers remaining on the 75-man roster, the Lions will have some tough choices to make at the position.
Vikings backup QB Sage Rosenfels is still optimistic he can do things in the NFL: “I expect to play well whenever I’m out there. Whenever that is, that’s what I feel my role is. I’m not one to make a fuss, but obviously I want to play as much as anybody.”
The Falcons’ competition at right guard is still not over.
The Panthers’ attitude this preseason has been that winning counts, even if exhibition games don’t.
The Saints are doing their best to stay focused after evacuating New Orleans following Hurricane Isaac.
Former Bucs coach Raheem Morris says he still has a good relationship with the people he knows in the organization, even after they fired him.
The Cardinals are shuffling their offensive line, and coach Ken Whisenhunt says adding more players is an option: “If there’s a way to get better, we’ll certainly look at that.”
Rams rookie CB Janoris Jenkins says the most important way to get better is, “You just learn from your mistakes. They’re just simple things you can fix without a problem. So you come out here and you work on it.”
Seahawks WR Ben Obomanu told his parents not to get tickets to the season opener because he doesn’t know if he’ll make the roster.