Friday morning one-liners


The Bills aren’t letting a banged up offensive line diminish their confidence.

Dolphins CB Nolan Carroll is settling into a starting role.

Patriots G Logan Mankins isn’t totally sure how his knee will respond to playing in a game.

Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said that the notion that coach Rex Ryan has increased his role in defensive playcalling is overblown.

Ravens G Bobbie Williams is excited to play his former team this weekend.

Said Bengals CB Terence Newman, “I think we’re a work in progress. Nobody has played as good as we’re hoping we’ll play. We’re just going to try to get better every week and try to gel as a group. The whole secondary has a whole lot of talent but talent alone doesn’t win games. You have to be smart and have to play sound football.”

Browns rookie WR Josh Gordon has been getting tips from Greg Little this summer.

Steelers T Max Starks will make a return to the scene of his torn ACL on Sunday.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak and Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman will put their friendship aside for a few hours come Sunday.

Vick Ballard has moved into the spot behind Donald Brown at running back with the Colts.

Optimism’s in the air around the Jaguars locker room.

Three years on practice squads have made Titans DE Pannel Egboh appreciate getting a chance to play in a game.

RB Knowshon Moreno has replaced rookie Ronnie Hillman at No. 2 on the depth chart for the Broncos.

Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher is fighting a strained groin.

Games against the AFC West have brought out the best in Raiders RB Darren McFadden.

TE Antonio Gates and S Eric Weddle are two of the six Chargers captains.

Cowboys T Tyron Smith gets a little love for his touchdown-saving horse collar tackle on Wednesday.

WR Hakeem Nicks hopes to feel more like himself in future games than he did in the Giants’ opener.

The Eagles are figuring out the best linebacker combination.

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett says he’s comfortable with the secondary.

Bears S Chris Conte may need to wear a shoulder harness in Week One.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson isn’t feeling too threatened by Rams CB Janoris Jenkins.

WR Randall Cobb knows he won’t win too many friends with the Packers if he doesn’t do a better job of holding onto the ball.

Percy Harvin could have a good day returning kicks for the Vikings against the Jaguars.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan is part of the trend of NFC South quarterbacks with different looks this season.

It looks like Haruki Nakamura has won a starting safety job with the Panthers.

DE Turk McBride thinks he’s ready to fill in for the Saints during Will Smith’s suspension.

Said Buccaneers DT Roy Miller of coach Greg Schiano, “I think we all want to do exactly what he tells us to do. People are more scared of him than anything. That’s a good thing.”

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic suggests Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald could leave the team if he wants to win a Super Bowl.

The Rams still aren’t quite sure what they have on their hands at receiver.

The 49ers aren’t intimidated by the prospect of going into Lambeau Field.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson’s ascent to starting quarterback doesn’t surprise those who know him the longest.