Saturday morning one-liners


The Dolphins have promoted Dawn Aponte to Executive Vice President of Football Administration and Ryan Herman to Manager of Football Administration.

Running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley had big roles in the Patriots’ preseason opener.

Austin Howard started at right tackle for the Jets on Friday; Wayne Hunter was out with a stiff back.

H-back Dorin Dickerson could finally be finding an NFL home, in Buffalo.

Steelers FB/TE David Johnson is believed to have a torn ACL.

Here’s a look at five Ravens who did well and five who didn’t in the preseason opener.

The Browns were the apparent victim of extortion in 2008 over the price of TVs and parking.

Bengals WR A.J. Green dropped what would have been a touchdown pass against Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

The good news?  The Colts have a new smart-phone app.  The bad news?  Phone service during home games is historically bad.

Fernando Velasco is quickly making the transition from guard to center for the Titans.

Here are five things to watch as the Texans open their preseason.  (Not on the list but surely implied?  “Whether Matt Schaub or Andre Johnson will get injured . . . again.”)

Perhaps punctuating their position on Heath Evans’ claim of a disconnect between Jaguars players and their new head coach, Mike Mularkey received the game ball after Friday night’s win over the Giants.

Each member of the Torn ACL Trio played for the Chiefs on Friday night.

After having to pull up on the passer in training camp, Raiders S Mike Mitchell is looking forward to being able to hit the quarterback on Monday night.

Broken clavicle notwithstanding, RB Ryan Mathews is still on track for a great season, according to his head coach.

Broncos camp-arm Adam Weber is drawing praise for his preseason performance against the Bears.

Rookie RB Alfred Morris may be forcing his way into the Redskins’ warm-body rotation at running back.

Before rookie QB Nick Foles can become the starter in Philly, he needs to move to No. 2 . . . and he could be.

Injuries on the offensive line are making Cowboys owner Jerry Jones worry about the ability of QB Tony Romo to “feel good about his protection.”  (There’s a “glory hole” joke in there, somewhere.)

The new wife of former Giants RB Tiki Barber apparently is flabbergasted by the reaction she has received; “The people who keep saying all these negative things about me don’t know me at all,” Mrs. Barber II said.  “They just hate their life more, so it’s easy for them to hate me instead of dealing with their own problems.”

The new-look Bears offensive line is producing the same-old results so far.

The Packers played the Chargers on Thursday night with 18 players scratched.

The Lions faced the Browns on Friday night with 10 men out.

Former Vikings RB Caleb King officially has been charged with assault, for allegedly beating up someone who made fun of the fact that King looks like a celebrity and I can’t recall who the celebrity is and I’m too lazy to look it up.

Falcons rookie FB Bradie Ewing is done for the season with a knee injury suffered in the preseason opener.

FOX 8, owned by Saints owner Tom Benson, has announced a new partnership with the Times-Picayune.

Ongoing fumbling issues could cause WR Preston Parker to lose his spot as a kick/punt returner.

Panthers QB Cam Newton says that Saturday’s preseason opener provides the “first pop quiz” on the team’s improvement in 2012.

Rams CB Janoris Jenkins assesses his performance with humility:  “I play like a ninja, an assassin.”

Seahawks G John Moffitt is expected to have elbow surgery, which will knock him out for two-to-three weeks.

49ers CB Perrish Cox made a diving interception late in Friday night’s game, but the team was under orders not to return any late-game turnovers.  “I’m kind of low-key mad,” Cox said. “They came in the huddle and said on that play, if we get a pick or a fumble to stay down.  I saw the end zone but I had to stay down.”

Cardinals RB Ryan Williams and Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli have developed an unlikely friendship.