Thursday morning one-liners


The Bills may have an instant impact starting linebacker in third-round pick Kelvin Sheppard.

The Dolphins are counting on inexperienced running backs this season.

Patriots OG Logan Mankins’ new six-year contract makes him the NFL’s highest-paid interior offensive lineman.

The Newark Star-Ledger has details of the Jets’ restructured contracts.

Rookie QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to play 2 1/2 quarters in the Ravens’ preseason opener.

Longtime Bengals TE Reggie Kelly has decided to retire.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur described WR Brian Robiskie’s training camp performance as “very steady.”

Steelers rookie RB Baron Batch has a torn ACL.

Texans S Troy Nolan has flashed ball-hawking ability in training camp.

Though Colts QB Peyton Manning (neck) isn’t practicing, he’s been on the field interacting with teammates.

Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert has curiously donned a knee brace in camp.

Titans rookie QB Jake Locker says he is consumed by football.

Broncos TE Richard Quinn underwent an MRI on his knee Wednesday.

The Chiefs have signed WR Keary Colbert.

The Raiders rookie hazed second-round pick Stefen Wisniewski with a Friar Tuck hairdo.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews hopes to rebound from an injury-plagued rookie year.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been “on fire” over the last five days of camp.

Giants WR Darius Reynaud “absolutely took over” Wednesday afternoon’s practice.

The Eagles plan to play their starters for a full quarter in the preseason opener.

Tim Hightower might be the Redskins’ best option as a starting running back.

The Chicago Tribune debates the Bears’ decision to bench WR Johnny Knox.

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew is missing practice time with an ankle injury.

Coach Mike McCarthy believes QB Graham Harrell could “absolutely” be the Packers’ backup of the future.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was the first overall pick in this preseason fantasy draft.

Suspended former Falcons S Jimmy Williams has been reinstated by the NFL.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis says he’s “fine” after suffering a foot injury in practice.

Saints WR Marques Colston discusses his ailing knee.

The Bucs’ unheralded rookies need to make their mark in preseason action.

Cardinals WR Andre Roberts is on track to be a starter this season.

Coach Jim Harbaugh says QB Colin Kaepernick is the most “game-ready” of all the 49ers’ rookies.

The Seahawks are high on rookie DB Byron Maxwell, who’s playing linebacker in the nickel defense.

A pectoral injury suffered by Rams LB James Laurinaitis turned out to be minor.

4 responses to “Thursday morning one-liners

  1. Props to Reggie Kelly – a great team leader and mentor for the young TEs on my Bengals. Truly a class act.


  2. Regarding the Browns – Doesn’t a guy have to be good before calling him “very steady” is considered a compliment? When I see the term “very steady” used to describe Robiskie I picture him catching 25 passes the entire year and basically wasting roster space. When Robiskie was drafted all of the “experts” claimed that he was the most NFL ready WR available in the draft. The “experts” also claimed that Robiskie had probably topped out as far as development was concerned. So far, only half of their claims have been right. When and if I ever see the phrase “very steady improvement” used to describe Robiskie, then we might be onto something but I’m not holding my breath.

  3. -The Cowboys failed during the draft by not landing LB Kelvin Sheppard.

    -Graham Harrell is by NO means a starting caliber NFL quarterback, but I like that he’s getting recognition in Green Bay.

    -Glad to see Jimmy Williams trying to make good on a new NFL opportunity. I thought Atlanta was pretty fortunate to get him in round 2 when they did. Certainly came into the league with a Top 10 skill-set, off-field and maturity issues definitely hurt his stock.

    -Unfortunate for Baron Batch. Great 3rd down style running back.

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