Saturday morning one-liners


Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount helped his chances with a 51-yard run that covered closer to 80.

The Dolphins offense showed improvement and resilience on Friday night, writes Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

A second-round bust in Philly, S Jaiquawn Jarrett may become a starter for the Jets.

If six-foot-five undrafted rookie WR Brandon Kaufman keeps catching the ball like he did on Friday, he may not be at the bottom of the Bills’ depth chart for long.

Former Bengals RB Elbert “Ickey” Woods will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Madison (Indiana) Regatta Parade.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski hopes to get RB Trent Richardson back for the next preseason game.

None of the candidates to be the No. 2 receiver pulled away from the pack during the Ravens’ preseason opener.

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell has had a solid training camp; he gets a chance to build on that as the starter in the preseason opener.

Colts WR Reggie Wayne still treats the preseason opener as an important game.

The Jaguars ran only one play from the Wildcat on Friday night; OW Denard Robinson was tackled for a one-yard loss.

Texans rookie S D.J. Swearinger, touted for his tackling skills, whiffed on what ended up being a long touchdown.

Titans LB Colin McCarthy (hamstring) is expected to miss at least one more week.

Broncos QB Brock Osweiler has benefited from the tutelage of Peyton Manning.

While QB Matt Flynn still appears to be a lock to start for the Raiders, coach Dennis Allen says that Terrelle Pryor will play.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith led the offense on a 14-play, 80-yard drive to launch his career in Kansas City.

Chargers rookie QB Brad Sorensen could win the No. 2 job over Charlie Whitehurst.

Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli wants the team to become “thieves”; so far, they have stolen the ball four times in two preseason games.

Giants G Chris Snee isn’t ready to play in the preseason, but he hopes to be ready for Week One., owned by the Washington Post Co., has banned the name Redskins from its pages.

With the Eagles not tackling to the ground in 11-on-11 drills, they understandably had a hard time, you guessed it, tackling to the ground on Friday night against the Patriots.

Until the Packers get Tramon Williams (knee) and Casey Hayward (hamstring) back, their cornerbacks will be suffering on-field burns of varying degrees.

Bears QB Jay Cutler threw an interception on his first pass of the preseason, but he thereafter completed six of seven for 56 yards.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson had a 50-yard kickoff return, but he was disappointed it didn’t go for 55 more; “I thought I had it to the house . . . I can’t say I’m going to do this, do that, it don’t happen,” Patterson said.

Lions WR Nate Burleson thinks the football team can help its city through tough times; “Man, it’s tough playing in Detroit, man,” Burleson says.  “You guys went bankrupt.  Your city sucks.  There’s burned-down buildings, schools that are not even open.  But it’s a great gift to bear that weight of the city, especially if you can deliver on a product that people want to see.”

The $200 million that Atlanta will be contributing to the new Falcons stadium may not flow to the project as quickly as believed.

Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon said he “started panicking” on his first play, when the first option wasn’t open; it all worked out when Glennon saw TE Tom Crabtree for a 61-yard catch-and-run.

Rookie WR Kenny Stills had a rough night in his debut for the Saints, but he could still be on track to serve as the No. 3 receiver.

Panthers QB Cam Newton had an up-and-down game against Chicago, mirroring his up-and-down career.

With Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams out, Cardinals rookie RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for 64 yards in his preseason debut.

So far, so good for first-string 49ers NT Ian Williams, an undrafted free agent with 39 snaps in two years.

In the next preseason game, the Rams want to get WR Tavon Austin more involved on offense.  (With one target and no catches, it will be hard for Austin to be less involved.)

After oversleeping and missing a 6:00 a.m. meeting while at Texas, Seahawks S Earl Thomas slept in front of his locker the night before the next early-morning session.