Tuesday morning one-liners


Said Bills QB Jeff Tuel of his sudden change in circumstances, “I don’t know if ‘awkward’ is the right word, but it was a little strange, odd. It was just a completely different scenario. It was just two new guys. I’m the veteran all of a sudden, and I have to tell these guys the footwork, the progressions and stuff like that. I was telling Matt that it’s funny how things circle around.”

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace is working to be a better run blocker.

With the Bills and Jets in the first two weeks, the Patriots could be poised for a hot start.

Said Jets QB Geno Smith of WR Santonio Holmes, “He tells me all the time that ‘I’m going to be ready,’ but I don’t know. We’ll see when that day comes.”

Will offensive line depth be a problem for the Ravens?

Second-year players on the Bengals defense have had an up-and-down summer.

Healthy again, Browns WR David Nelson is hoping to put his disappointing 2012 season behind him.

The Steelers have some tough calls to make at linebacker.

Texans LB Brian Cushing’s confidence is “sky high,” according to coach Gary Kubiak.

Joe Reitz is filling in at left tackle for the Colts.

Jaguars G Will Rackley avoided serious injury to his knee and expects to play in the season opener.

LB Colin McCarthy will get his first preseason action this week.

RB Montee Ball took first team snaps at Monday’s Broncos practice.

WR Rico Richardson has made some big plays for the Chiefs, but he’s hardly guaranteed a spot on the team.

Raiders DE Lamarr Houston believes the team’s pass rush will be fine in the regular season.

The Chargers are working to avoid a television blackout for the preseason finale.

Doug Free’s move to guard continued at Cowboys practice.

Giants CB Terrell Thomas hopes his experiences help S Stevie Brown make his return from a torn ACL.

RB Bryce Brown’s fumbles aren’t a cause of great concern for Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

WR Donte Stallworth wasn’t too surprised about being released by the Redskins.

The Bears expect to have DT Henry Melton back from a concussion by Week One.

RB Mikel Leshoure says he isn’t frustrated by a smaller role in the Lions offense.

LB Sam Barrington has followed an unusual path to the Packers.

Vikings WR Jerome Simpson won’t be fined for tripping a fan who ran on the field during Sunday’s game.

Coach Mike Smith isn’t sweating the Falcons’ preseason offensive line struggles too much.

Panthers G Travelle Wharton got his old No. 70 back from rookie Edmund Kugbila.

Losing LB Will Smith for the season will push the Saints to use younger players.

DT Akeem Spence earned some praise from Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.

Cardinals RB Ryan Williams isn’t worried about reports that the team would like to trade him.

The Rams will be without TE Cody Harkey for about a month because of a leg injury.

Wide receivers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins don’t make the 49ers in this projection of the 53-man roster.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll doesn’t like the 34 penalties his team has picked up through three preseason games.