Wednesday morning one-liners

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The Bills are moving Aaron Williams from cornerback to safety.

Talk is heading up that the Dolphins may try to trade up from No. 12 to draft Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson.

The Patriots still have high hopes for TE Jake Ballard, but they’re taking it slowly 14 months after he suffered a serious knee injury in the Super Bowl.

Calvin Pace is back with the Jets, and they think he can help mentor the younger defensive players.

Ravens DE Chris Canty is speaking out about preventing domestic violence.

The Bengals have some doubts about whether LB James Harrison can make the transition into their 4-3 defense after playing in a 3-4 with the Steelers throughout his career.

Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner hopes he can do for Trent Richardson in Cleveland what he did for Emmitt Smith in Dallas.

Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert could be the Steelers’ target with the 17th overall pick in the draft.

The Texans would like to draft a receiver with a “wow factor.”

Colts QB Chandler Harnish will give up No. 8 for Matt Hasselbeck after Hasselbeck agreed to give $8,000 to Harnish’s favorite charity as part of a bet that included Harnish hitting a half-court shot.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley likes what he sees from QB Blaine Gabbert.

Titans CB Jason McCourty and his twin brother, Patriots DB Devin McCourty, are raising awareness for a campaign against sickle cell disease.

Said QB Peyton Manning of the atmosphere at the Broncos’ offseason workouts, “I know that John Elway wants to sort of set a kind of an attitude and an edge around here — kind of an uncomfortable atmosphere around here which is something I believe in. Last year was good, but it wasn’t great. We’re looking for that great season and to finish off with a championship season. We have so much work that we have to do.”

Asked about the absence of LT Branden Albert, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “I understand the business. But we don’t really concentrate on the guys that aren’t here. We concentrate on the guys that are.”

Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden thinks G.M. Reggie McKenzie is laying the foundation for the team to turn things around.

Chargers G.M. Tom Telesco thinks this is a uniquely unpredictable year in the Top 10 of the draft.

The Cowboys are still looking at RT Eric Winston.

After the death of his old Giants teammate Pat Summerall, Frank Gifford said that when you’re a football player in your 80s, you feel like you’re running out of teammates.

With all the attention in Philadelphia on coach Chip Kelly, G.M. Howie Roseman is flying under the radar.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will make an appearance at the team’s draft party.

The Bears are picking up the pace under new coach Marc Trestman.

Lions DE Willie Young will end up playing for less money this year than he would have made if he had signed the second-round tender offer the team originally gave him.

Packers S Jerron McMillian believes he’ll be a starter this year.

The Vikings expect to add two starters with the 23rd and 25th picks in the draft.

Five architecture firms are competing to design the Falcons’ new stadium.

Former Panthers QB Jeff Lewis died of an accidental overdose of morphine and Ambien.

Saints QBs Luke McCown and Seneca Wallace will do battle for a roster spot as Drew Brees’s backup.

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy doesn’t want to be referred to as a Pro Bowler, because he views his selection last year as the past.

The Cardinals think they have the makings of a strong offensive line.

Alabama RB Eddie Lacy could be the man to carry the load for the Rams.

Reading the tea leaves on the schedule, it looks like the 49ers will open at home and play a Sunday afternoon game in Week One.

ESPN’s Todd McShay thinks the Seahawks’ first pick (No. 56 overall) could be Missouri Southern DT Brandon Williams, Kansas State LB Arthur Brown or Connecticut CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

3 responses to “Wednesday morning one-liners

  1. I wonder if the Bills moving Williams to safety means they have doubts that Byrd will remain with the team? Williams is very close to being another bust pick by this team that seems to specialize in them.

  2. The Rams had 3 rookie rbs last year. Two of which seemed like they could get it done. The third didn’t play as much. Don’t understand all this Lacy talk. His injury history should scare off all first round teams no matter how great of a player he was at Bama.

  3. I think Todd McShay is sorely mistaken if he really believes that Arthur Brown is going to still be available for the Seahawks at #56.

    Pittsburgh, Chicago, Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Baltimore are all possible landing spots for Brown, and several of those teams pick twice (Minnesota will pick three times) before Seattle gets around to making their first selection.

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