Tuesday morning one-liners


Shawne Merriman’s departure from the Bills opens a door for Kyle Moore and Jarron Gilbert.

The Dolphins cut FB Ryan Mahaffey after he slipped behind Jorvorskie Lane on the depth chart.

Looking at Patriots RB Shane Vereen’s night as the team’s starting tailback.

P T.J. Conley doesn’t expect the Jets to bring in competition for his job.

The Ravens don’t seem to be interested in cutting down on RB Ray Rice’s workload.

Bengals rookie G Kevin Zeitler will face the Packers team he grew up rooting for this week.

The Browns have made it clear that special teams work will be Josh Cribbs’ top responsibility this season.

Deep passes haven’t been part of the Steelers offense in the preseason.

The Texans are trying to get their running game on track.

A drawing by Colts QB Andrew Luck fetched $1,500 on eBay.

Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis feels ready to get back to a full workload.

Jake Locker’s road to the Titans starting quarterback job started when they didn’t sign Peyton Manning.

A comparison between Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Michael Jordan.

The Chiefs aren’t sure if WR Dwayne Bowe will play on Friday night.

The window of opportunity for Raiders LB Aaron Curry playing in the opener is closing.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers and WR Robert Meachem had a good practice on Monday.

Said Cowboys G Nate Livings of his return to practice, “It’s just getting back, getting my feet back under me, getting to hit different guys. It felt good. All good, baby.”

With Ahmad Bradshaw out, rookie David Wilson practiced with the Giants first team on Monday.

Eagles QB Nick Foles made a strong impression against the Patriots.

Redskins LB London Fletcher is back to full speed.

The Bears signed S Mark LeGree to boost their secondary depth.

The Lions waived CB Don Carey and TE Nathan Overbay, both of whom were struggling with injuries.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson is building on his strong 2011 season.

RB Toby Gerhart has been solid for the Vikings in the preseason.

The Falcons had a couple of fights during practice on Monday.

Competition at punter is heating up for the Panthers.

Working out with QB Drew Brees paid off for new Saints WR Greg Camarillo.

The Buccaneers delayed T Donald Penn’s return by a week to make sure he was at full strength.

T D.J. Young has a shot to prove himself worthy of a starting role with the Cardinals.

The Rams probably won’t take quite as many risks during the regular season.

49ers RB Kendall Hunter has been backing up the good notices he’s received during practice.

George Hickman, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen and a longtime Seahawks usher, died at the age of 88.