Bills coach Chan Gailey didn’t think his players were going hard at practice: “This was the first time in quite a while we have not been in pads, and I thought guys thought it was a glorified walkthrough. We’ve got to make sure we learn how to practice without pads on. So we’ve got to up the tempo with that.”
Said Dolphins OT Jake Long of being on Hard Knocks, “The first couple of days was crazy. They come in and there’s cameras everywhere. There are microphones everywhere. It’s a little hard to get use to at first, but honestly just a week in I think everybody is used to it. You don’t even notice the cameras anymore.”
Said Jets owner Woody Johnson of his expectations for this season, “They’re the same every year. We want to go all the way.”
The Ravens are buying new athletic uniforms and sports equipment for a school for students with disabilities.
Said Bengals CB Leon Hall of coming back from an Achilles injury, “Honestly I feel the same just as far as what I’m able to do running and moving around. My conditioning is a little off not getting that work in OTAs but it will get there. Other than that it’s pretty much the same as every training camp.”
Browns WR Carlton Mitchell is struggling with routes and catching the football, which are pretty important aspects of playing receiver.
In case you’re asking how players on the Steelers feel about Usain Bolt, here’s your answer.
The Texans are having intense competition at right tackle and right guard.
Colts WR Kris Adams drew attention for a one-handed catch in practice: “Yeah, a prayer catch. I just threw my hand back there and it stuck to it. Sometimes it happens”
Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon is getting a crash course in the offense.
Titans quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said Jake Locker can make plays with his feet, but he needs to be smart about it: “Really, it can only be a drawback if he doesn’t know how to protect himself when he runs the ball and isn’t smart with the ball. He needs to realize when to get out of bounds, when to fight for an extra yard, and when to protect himself and learn how to slide.”
Broncos coach John Fox says the first preseason game is fun because it gives unproven players a chance to prove themselves.
Said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, “I didn’t want to put a depth chart out, but they told me I had to. I don’t think you can write a whole lot into the depth chart because we are still evaluating and looking at players. What the depth chart is this week, chances are it will be different next week.”
Asked if his old friend Terrell Owens wanted to play for the Raiders, QB Carson Palmer said, “He was looking for a job anywhere. I know he’s worked extremely hard to come back from the injuries he’s had. And he was looking for a spot anywhere he could go.”
Chargers coach Norv Turner says WR Micheal Spurlock is going to get plenty of opportunities to prove he deserves to have the ball in his hands.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says the team’s hard work is all about getting to the Giants’ level.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin says it’s time for WR Ramses Barden to make his mark.
The Eagles have felt an outpouring of support for the family of coach Andy Reid.
The Redskins’ preseason opener on Thursday night has been bumped off NBC-4 because of the Olympics. It will air on NBC Nonstop and Comcast SportsNet.
The Bears think they’re in good shape on kick coverage.
Lions OT Corey Hilliard says he got “pretty close” to quitting football after a few years of bouncing around on practice squads and not getting into games.
Packers DT B.J. Raji has been working out in a boxing ring, which he thinks can improve his explosiveness on the football field.
Rookie S Harrison Smith is getting more reps with the Vikings’ first-string defense.
Falcons WR Julio Jones says he was only a 5 or 6 last year, but he’ll be a 10 this year.
Saints TE Dave Thomas, who was with the Patriots during Spygate, is offering some perspective for his teammates in Bountygate.
Says Panthers coach Ron Rivera of WR Armanti Edwards, “Armanti has come along very well. And the nice thing for Armanti, this is his third full training camp as a wide receiver. So we’re starting to see what you’re looking for in terms of the progress.”
Bucs QB Josh Freeman and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan are forming a tight bond.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was pleased with his team’s performance in a joint practice with the Chiefs.
Rams QB Sam Bradford is glad to have a quarterbacks coach.
Says 49ers WR Michael Crabtree of returning to practice, “I felt good. I ran good. I didn’t have any problems out there . . . I don’t feel like nothing was holding me back, I was just really cruising through practice.”
The owner of the Indoor Football League team that released Terrell Owens in May says T.O. has what it takes to help the Seahawks.