Sunday morning one-liners


Bills QB E.J. Manuel will decide whether he’ll wear a knee brace during warmups.

Said Dolphins DT Paul Soliai of the team’s front seven, “We’re trying to carry this team. I can see it, it’s the backbone of the team.”

QB Tom Brady has a new set of Patriots offensive teammates to create points with this season.

Musing about which version of Rex Ryan will be coaching the Jets this season.

Ravens rookie S Matt Elam had a quiet regular season debut.

Anthony Collins is making the start at left tackle for the Bengals and he’ll have to tangle with Julius Peppers.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam expects the team’s fans to be loud during Sunday’s opener.

The Steelers will look to DT Steve McClendon to make a mess of the Titans’ intentions in the middle of the offensive line.

QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson, LB Brian Cushing, DE J.J. Watt and P Shane Lechler have been named captains by the Texans.

The Colts are expected to take the wraps off the defense on Sunday after a vanilla preseason.

Tackling Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew low remains problematic for opposing defenses.

Said Titans CB Alterraun Verner, “I almost want to say it is a must-win for us. If we want to take that step and be contenders, we need to win.”

Debating whether Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than John Elway, who brought him to the Broncos.

The Chiefs will be focused on stopping Jaguars DE Jason Babin from getting loose as a pass rusher.

No one is expecting perfection from Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor.

Coach Mike McCoy credited the strength and conditioning staff with keeping the Chargers healthy heading into Week One.

The Cowboys need pictures of more recent memories to put on their wall.

Giants RB David Wilson and WR Rueben Randle have formed a close friendship since joining the team in the 2012 draft.

Long arms are something the Eagles look for when evaluating players.

Rookie CB David Amerson won’t be eased into the lineup by the Redskins.

The right side of the Bears offensive line debuts on Sunday.

The Lions defense has welcomed S Glover Quin’s maturity.

The Packers gambled on upside when choosing their tight ends.

Blair Walsh hasn’t given the Vikings any reason to worry about their kicking game.

S Thomas Decoud thinks the Falcons could have a dominating defense this season.

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly will be charged with keeping Marshawn Lynch in check on Sunday.

Sunday’s the first of 16 games, but Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune believes the Saints have to win to keep hopes of winning the NFC South alive.

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin would like to get off to a faster start than he did last season. 3

Said Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, “I think we’re a lot better than the rest of the league thinks, and I think St. Louis is a lot better than the rest of the league thinks. Just because everybody is talking so much about Seattle and San Francisco … our two teams have a lot to prove of ourselves.”

The Rams receivers will have to grow up quickly.

49ers S Eric Reid’s maturity manifested itself before he won a starting job as a rookie.

The Seahawks don’t think their youth will be a problem this season.