Thursday morning one-liners

Bills S Donte Whitner is wearing a pink mouthpiece at training camp in honor of his grandmother, who died of cancer.

Although he played in a 4-3 at Tennessee, Dolphins rookie DL Tony McDaniel likes the idea of playing nose tackle in a 3-4.

With the Patriots hitting the field on Thursday, several position battles will get underway.

Jets C Nick Mangold thinks the team will be fine regardless of whether Mark Sanchez or Kellen Clemens starts at quarterback.

With increased depth at cornerback, the Ravens are trying Derrick Martin at safety.

Said Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, “We’ve got a pretty deep group at linebacker.  On the line there’s going
to be one guy whose a pretty good player who’s probably not going to
make the club and safety looks pretty full also.”

Will new Browns coach Eric Mangini use RB Jerome Harrison in a similar role to the one Leon Washington played for the Jets last season?

James Walker of thinks TE Heath Miller’s contract extension works well for both him and the Steelers.

The Texans enter training camp with a pair of unsigned rookies and a pair of disgruntled veterans.

The Colts waived seven players as they prepare for the start of camp.

Said Former Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith of getting arrested on DUI and pot charges, “Had that police officer not stopped me, I could have been dead or I
could have run over somebody like my colleague, Donté Stallworth.”

The Titans waived DT Derrick Jones and OL Ryan Schmidt to reach the 80-man roster limit.

Broncos C Blake Schlueter took the long road from Ganado, Texas to the NFL.

The first day of Chiefs camp will be devoted to conditioning tests.

Cam Inman of the Contra Costa Times thinks coach Tom Cable is restoring credibility to the Raiders.

Chargers WR Buster Davis has looked good in early practices as he tries to shed a bust label.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten got the biggest cheer from the crowd at the first Cowboys practice of training camp.

Said Giants G Rich Seubert, “At this stage of my career, it’s all team goals.  My personal goal is to
stay healthy and play well, but it’s really for the team to win games,
and a lot of them.”

The Eagles offense is counting on quick transitions from three rookies.

David Elfin of the Washington Times thinks that the Redskins’ biggest question marks are all on offense.

The Bears announced that Danieal Manning will be at free safety this season.        

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said there isn’t a plan right now for an end date to the quarterback derby.

The work on converting the Packers defensive line to the 3-4 begins in earnest once the players are in pads.

The city of Mankato is disappointed that Brett Favre won’t be coming to Vikings camp.

Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is singing the praises of Falcons coach Mike Smith.

Darin Gannt of the Rock Hill Herald sees a lot of similarities between the 2006 Panthers and the current version.

Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can’t avoid being hung with the savior label because of how much the defense needs to improve.

CB Aqib Talib and DE Jimmy Wilkerson are two Buccaneers who could break out this season.

The Cardinals offensive coaching staff are adjusting to their new roles.

Said Rams LB James Laurinaitis, “I
am anxious to get that playbook back and start looking at it. I copied all of
the notes from the playbook from OTAs to now.  I am excited to get it back and
get the pads on.  I am glad this whole contract talk is done now.”

The 49ers will likely sign a defensive lineman to flesh out the group during training camp.

New coaches and a new facility will make for a whole new look at Seahawks training camp.