Said Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski of his dropped pass and fumble early in Sunday’s game against the Bills, “I can’t be having that. It hurts the team a lot, I need to be protecting the ball better. No doubt about that. It’s awesome that Tom came back to me, trusted my abilities, trusted me the whole game, kept throwing me passes.”
The Bills have kicked off a program to honor local teachers.
Among the many mistakes on the Apple Maps for the new iPhone, the Jets have been relocated.
Hall of Fame C Dwight Stephenson likes the potential of the Dolphins: “They haven’t put it in the win column yet, but they’ve done a lot of good things.”
The Ravens are trying to extend a three-game winning streak against the Chiefs.
Says Bengals DT Geno Atkins of having a father who played for the Dolphins, “I have memories of him taking me around in training camp, being around all the players in the locker room, seeing Dan Marino and all that stuff. Just hanging out and playing with all the kids at the Dolphins facility. It was unbelievable being up there. It kind of felt like a playground because they let us run around and play in the players’ shoes and be in the locker room.”
The Browns are 0-4, but rookie QB Brandon Weeden is providing reasons for optimism.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin thinks his team has a big week ahead in preparing to face the Eagles.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak is sure his team won’t get complacent after a 4-0 start: “I just think they’re very mature and I’ve told you all that,” he said. “It’s a good group of guys. They’re really hard on each other.”
The Colts will welcome Packers C Jeff Saturday back to Indianapolis, where he was a five-time Pro Bowler, on Sunday.
Jaguars G Mike Brewster appears to have supplanted Eben Britton in the starting lineup.
Titans TE Jared Cook visited a local middle school on Tuesday and urged kids to exercise: “I know y’all have those video games and computer games now, but getting outside, staying active and staying in shape is very important,” said Cook. “You have to maintain the physical play so you can grow and be healthy as a kid so you can grow into healthy adults.”
Said Broncos TE Joel Dreessen of the opportunity to leave the Texans and play alongside Peyton Manning in Denver, “If he hadn’t signed here, I’d probably have stayed in Houston. It’s no secret that whoever he plays with, he makes them better.”
Chiefs DE Ropati Pitoitua had his first career start on Sunday and recorded two sacks.
Raider fans are losing patience with the team’s coaching staff.
Chargers coach Norv Turner may finally have the right team at the right time.
The Cowboys are 2-2 now, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier.
Said Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw of losing two division games in September, “I’m not concerned about any of that. We have a great team and we believe in each other. We’ve been down this road before. There’s nothing we can’t handle. There’s nothing we’re not preparing for.”
The Redskins endorsed a ballot question on gambling expansion in Maryland.
Vikings K Blair Walsh is part of a growing trend of rookie kickers playing well in the NFL.
The Bears lead the NFL with 14 takeaways.
The Lions’ defensive line isn’t doing enough to stop the run.
Former Packer Herb Adderley says Vince Lombardi deserves credit for promoting racial tolerance in Green Bay: “Never had any racial problems in Green Bay. Never anything. Never heard anybody use the N-word, nothing like that. Lombardi was the reason that brought about social change for blacks to live in Green Bay.”
Statisticians say Panthers coach Ron Rivera made the wrong choice when he punted on fourth-and-1 late in Sunday’s loss to the Falcons.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan may be the favorite for league MVP.
Saints QB Drew Brees leads the league with 1,350 passing yards, putting him on pace for 5,400 this season, which would be No. 2 all-time — second only to Brees’s record of 5,476 last year.
Buccaneers RT Jeremy Trueblood says he accepts that the coaches have decided to move Demar Dotson ahead of him on the depth chart: “I feel like their decision’s made. So I’m just going to continue to do what I have to do. It’s the NFL and people get hurt all the time. I don’t wish anything upon anyone, but you just have to be ready. Someone could get sick. Anything can happen. Preparation is important.”
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch leads the league with 423 rushing yards.
QB Alex Smith is looking more comfortable in the 49ers’ offense.
Rams QB Sam Bradford was very effective working the middle of the field on Sunday against the Seahawks, completing 10 of 12 passes for 133 yards.
Cardinals defenders Patrick Peterson, Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett teamed up to throw out the first pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks game.