Another year, another Hall of Fame class without Bills WR Andre Reed.
Patriots QB Tom Brady is now 36 years old. (At some point, he’ll need to revise his standard vow to play “10 more years.”)
Fireman Ed is open to returning as the Jets’ unofficial mascot.
The Dolphins has emphasized forcing turnovers in 2013 by decorating the defensive meeting room with footballs.
Steelers LT Marcus Gilbert and RT Mike Adams flip-flopped during a Friday night practice; coach Mike Tomlin says, “Read into it what you would read into it.” (Hopefully he’ll be less cryptic on his Twitter page.)
Former Browns CEO Mike Holmgren made an unexpected visit to training camp on Friday; “I was driving by the facility and I thought practice would be over and I was going to sneak in and sneak out,” Holmgren said. (Jim Brown possibly would say it’s the second time in less than a year that Holmgren sneaked out.)
The Ravens have moved Ed Dickson into the “move” tight end role previously occupied by Dennis Pitta, with Visanthe Shiancoe assuming the more traditional alignment next to the tackle.
Bengals LB Rey Maualuga doesn’t care about the critics; “It’s a brand new year,” he said. “If coaches didn’t want me here, I wouldn’t be here today.”
If fans don’t want to give their money for preseason Jaguars games, they can give their blood instead.
Texans rookie S D.J. Swearinger, who’ll likley start if Ed Reed isn’t ready come Week One, has had a swagger since he was little.
Titans S Bernard Pollard has no issues with WR Riley Cooper; “I can get past it because everybody deserves a second chance,” Pollard said. “If I was his teammate, who am I to throw the first stone? I have said some things and done things and people have forgiven me.”
Colts owner Jim Irsay made changes after the 2011 with the 2004 Patriots in mind; “It was such a well-balanced team in all areas,” Irsay said. “It was a tough team to get past. That’s what we’re looking for.”
Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt wants to be known as one of the best punters ever.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates and other veterans received their first rest day of training camp on Friday.
Greeley, Colorado wasn’t known for its bovine-related odors until the equine-named NFL team from Denver held training camp there in the 1980s.
Giants DE Adrain Tracy believes some defensive opponents will “within the confines of the rules express their anger” at Eagles WR Riley Cooper.
Eagles DB Bradley Fletcher credits his Youngstown, Ohio roots for his success.
Redskins WR Pierre Garςon chose not to have surgery on his injured foot last year due to concerns that he’d possibly never be 100 percent again, and that he’d possibly never be able to play at all.
The Cowboys, plagued early in camp with injuries to the defensive line, now have a rash of injuries on the offensive line.
The popular “Lionblood” T-shirts launched a month ago by Lions WR Nate Burleson will soon be sold at the training facility’s pro shop and at the team store within Ford Field.
Packers LB A.J. Hawk wasn’t bothered by his offseason pay cut; he says that, for many players, it’s more of a blow to the ego than to the wallet.
Though Bears QB Jay Cutler may not do much running with the ball, he’ll apparently do more throwing on the run.
Vikings K Blair Walsh, who converted 10 of 10 field goals from 50 yards or longer as a rookie, hopes to avoid a sophomore slump.
A fan apparently used Saints camp as an opportunity to get ready for regular-season storming of the playing field.
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams is skeptical of the team’s claim that 2013 will feature a renewed commitment to the running game.
Buccaneers LB Mason Foster says the defense is improving. (And we’re still waiting for the player or coach who says during training camp, “Man, we really suck.”)
Falcons WR Julio Jone says he feels “no pressure at all” as the Falcons try to get to the Super Bowl.
The Rams have started a “Smack Cam” craze, which consists of these steps: (1) get a plastic plate; (2) put whipped cream on it; (3) press the “record” button on a cellphone camera; (4) cram the plate into the face of an unsuspecting teammate; (5) post it online; and (6) repeat.
The knee injury suffered by Cardinals NT Dan Williams isn’t expected to keep him out of the regular-season opener.
Since Seahawks LT Walter Jones spent all of the 2009 season on injured reserve, he could be preparing to deliver his Hall of Fame induction speech next year at this time.
After some initial hesitation, 49ers RB Frank Gore has warmed up to the read-option attack.