Thursday morning one-liners


Out of the game now, former Bills GM Bill Polian is still a Buffalo guy at heart.

The Dolphins have competition at both safety spots, but Chris Clemons sees himself as the starter.

Rookie DE Chandler Jones has impressed in Patriots camp.

Jets SS LaRon Landry thinks he and Yeremiah Bell can stop Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez (which makes exactly one of him).

Rookie K Justin Tucker may be putting some distance between himself and Billy Cundiff for the Ravens’ kicking job.

Bengals special teams standout Cedric Peerman’s looking for an expanded role this year.

Browns rookie WR Travis Benjamin’s off to a good start in camp, impressing coaches with his willingness to mix it up.

Steelers RB Isaac Redman is ready to carry the load until Rashard Mendenhall’s recovered from knee surgery.

Even after going from 32nd in the NFL to third against the pass last year, the Texans think their secondary needs to improve.

The Colts are 1,600 season-tickets short of selling out this season, and will depend on single-game sales to avoid blackouts.

Jaguars DT D’Anthony Smith is trying to make up for lost time, after spending his first two seasons on injured reserve.

The Titans like what they’ve seen from MLB Colin McCarthy, the only question is how he’ll hold up.

The Broncos’ receivers, including Eric Decker, are dealing with some nagging injuries.

Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher has made plenty of tackles, they’d like to see him make more plays.

Raiders CB DeMarcus Van Dyke has had an impressive run of practices, covering WR Darrius Heyward-Bey well on deep routes.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews looked sharp in his return to practice Wednesday night, less than 48 hours removed from a car accident.

Cowboys S Barry Church has turned some heads, while Brodney Pool’s been out after failing his conditioning test.

Seeing teammate Terrell Thomas go down was a stark reminder for Giants WR Domenik Hixon, who is coming back from his own ACL tear.

Eagles WR Chad Hall, a former second lieutenant in the Air Force, shaved his head to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Redskins DT Kentwan Balmer was absent from practice Wednesday, and coach Mike Shanahan didn’t know why.

The Bears continue to play mix-and-match trying to find starters on the offensive line.

Lions K Jason Hanson, 42, hasn’t seen a noticeable dip in leg strength as he ages.

Packers CB coach Joe Whitt said not to read too much into lineups at this point: “It’s funny, I really shouldn’t read what everybody writes, but I’m just rotating guys, all right?”

Vikings LB Erin Henderson knows he needs to play a more disciplined game in his second season as a starter.

The Falcons’ offense had a slight lead over the defense in early short-yardage work.

Panthers undrafted rookie WR Jared Green, son of Hall of Fame CB Darrell Green, is trying to make a name for himself.

The Saints have a strong crop of candidates fighting for backup safety jobs.

Veteran TE Dallas Clark said he’s grateful the Buccaneers took a chance on him.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he’s still not sure if RB Ryan Williams is going to be able to play in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game.

Journeyman offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka is seeing something new at Rams camp: His name atop the depth chart at LG.

WR Kyle Williams was making plays and helping coach in 49ers practice Wednesday.

The Seahawks are grateful for a quiet camp after the drama of last summer (which usually means the clock’s ticking).