Friday morning one-liners

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His border problems have been settled, but a sore knee will keep Bills LB Shawne Merriman out of Saturday’s game.

Dolphins starters will play more than they usually do in the second preseason game.

DL Andre Carter continued to impress for the Patriots.

Jets RB Shonn Greene will miss Sunday’s game with a skin infection.

RB Jalen Parmele will have a hard time making the Ravens.

The Bengals feel criticism of G Nate Livings is unwarranted.

Time hasn’t made Browns KR Josh Cribbs any fonder of the new kickoff rules.

The Steelers featured the fullback more than expected against the Eagles.

An elbow injury could keep Texans LB DeMeco Ryans out of their second preseason game.

Adam Schein of doesn’t think the Colts will make the playoffs.

The Jaguars believe their receiving corps is better than most people think.

Titans FB Ahmard Hall, a former Marine, spent some time with other members of the armed services after Thursday’s practice.

Don’t look for the Broncos to trade a quarterback to help the defense.

The Chiefs need to show a bit more toughness this week than they did in the preseason opener.

Signing LB Lofa Tatupu remains a possibility for the Raiders.

Rookie CB Marcus Gilchrist is developing quickly for the Chargers.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett isn’t sharing his thoughts about the team’s best offensive line configuration.

His neck injury and another injury to his brother have given Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka a new perspective.

Breaking down the three interceptions Eagles QB Michael Vick threw on Thursday night.

Redskins DE Ryan Kerrigan is looking to show improvement during his trip back to his home state.

Bears QB Jay Cutler and WR Roy Williams are still trying to develop chemistry.

The Lions aren’t rushing to judgments about running backs Mike Bell or Jerome Harrison.

Rookie TE Ryan Taylor is putting together a strong bid to make the Packers.

Said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier of TE Kyle Rudolph, “You know, we were concerned from a blocking standpoint, and believing it would take a little bit longer than we thought, but he has shown a toughness that we knew he had but not to the degree that he has.”

Wide receivers Drew Davis and Brandyn Harvey are two Falcons backups to watch on Friday night.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera hopes to know who his starting quarterback will be after this weekend.

Said Saints QB Drew Brees of C Olin Kreutz, “I’ve been very impressed with how he’s stepped in.  You look at him now and it’s as if they’ve been together for a long time.  I think he brings out a lot of good things in the two guards and the same is true the other way around – they help him out in a lot of ways.  The combination of all those guys, the more reps they get together, the more success we can all have together.”

The Buccaneers offensive line really struggled on Thursday night.

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson has to figure out how to deal with failure.

According to Dick Vermeil, the Rams would have never won the Super Bowl under the current practice rules.

Said 49ers TE Vernon Davis, “Everybody knows we’ve had a problem with the offensive coordinators in the past, but I can honestly say that this right here is what we’ve been looking for. It’s the answer. I strongly believe it’s the answer.”

The Seahawks are trying to get RB Leon Washington more work with the offense.

6 responses to “Friday morning one-liners

  1. Nate Livings of the Bengals looked really bad against the Lions’ defensive line, last week. In his defense, that’s not going to be something unique in the league this year, but if Andy Dalton is going to last 16 games, of which four are two each against the Steelers and Ravens, it’s clear that the Bengals are right to be concerned.

    Livings was essentially a swinging door against the Lions’ tackles, and it wasn’t just Ndamukong Suh doing the damage. Sammy Hill, a Lions’ reserve DT, slapped Livings down, took his lunch and ate it, and then chased Jordan Palmer pretty nearly out of the stadium.

    Livings might be out of shape, but he needs to step up his game. The Bengal’s cupboard is not well stocked with offensive linemen, and he has to produce, if for no other reason than to keep Dalton alive until the kid gets up to speed.

    As a side note, after the first two series, Dalton didn’t look totally lost, and even after the near-beheading by Suh, he got right up and called a play. Tough kid, and I doubt Carson Palmer was made any happier by his performance.

  2. Coach is right about the new practice rules. Think of all the undrafted players and even late rounders that simply won’t get a chance to show what they can do or even get better because of the time constraints.

  3. Deep in the catacombs beneath Soldier Field, Dr. Martz has discovered that the “I’m rubber, you’re glue” role reversal experiment on Cutler and Williams has failed.

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