Saturday morning one-liners

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Patriots RB Shane Vereen reminds some Baltimore defenders of Reggie Bush.

Dolphins RT Tyson Clabo knows it won’t be easy to contain Buffalo pass rusher Mario Williams (especially in light of the fact that, when they last met, Williams chewed up, swallowed, and fully digested Clabo).

Bills CB Leodis McKelvin quietly has had a very good year.

Jets WR David Nelson will be hosting this weekend a 15-year-old boy who was born in prison and raised in foster care.

Even though DT Haloti Ngata has only 39 tackles and 1.5 sacks, the Ravens still believe he’s dominant.

Bengals DT Domata Peko is glad that Sunday’s game will be sold out; “It’s my eighth year here and I haven’t heard The Jungle this loud [until] this year,” Peko said. “We’ve had a full stadium and it’s been disturbing the offenses for us.”

Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner says TE MarQueis Gray could play a lot on Sunday.

Steelers minority owner (and movie producer) Thomas Tull has plunked down $5.2 million for a downtown Pittsburgh penthouse; he also owns the jersey worn and bat used by Bill Maseroski in Game Seven of the 1960 World Series.

With no go-to receiver, the Jaguars don’t have to worry about making sure any one player gets thrown the ball.

The Texans have confidence in RB Dennis Johnson.  (Should the Texans really have much confidence in anyone or anything at this point?)

In Kansas City this weekend, the Colts will encounter a team that may remind them of themselves.

Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray says the linebackers aren’t producing enough “splash” plays.

Teammates say Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles didn’t think his five-touchdown day was a big deal.

Raiders WR Rod Streater and WR Andre Holmes are playing so well that the team doesn’t regret passing on San Diego’s Keenan Allen.  Much.

Broncos CB Kayvon Webster remains on track to return in Week 17 from a broken thumb.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen has been named PepsiNEXT Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, which could be a precursor to offensive rookie of the year.

The retirement of LB London Fletcher will make Cowboys TE Jason Witten the reigning NFL iron man, with 169 consecutive appearances.

The Giants could ask CB Prince Amukamura to shadow Calvin Johnson.

In the estimation of Chicago WR Brandon Marshall, the Eagles’ offense has gone from “chaos” to “legit.”

Former Redskins QB Mark Brunell is right when he explains that, in the Dallas-Washington rivalry, won-loss records don’t matter.

The Vikings are glad they kept TE Chase Ford around.

Bears LB Lance Briggs realizes that, even if he’s able to return on Sunday night from a shoulder injury, he may not be in top football condition.

The Lions have gotten plenty from undrafted rookie TE Joseph Fauria for a mere $12,500 signing bonus.

With Packers DE Johnny Jolly out for the season, the team will rely primarily on Josh Boyd and C.J. Wilson to fill the void.

Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan believes CB Keenan Lewis deserves Pro Bowl consideration.

It sounds like Panthers coach Ron Rivera is hoping for the weather to be rainy but not sloppy on Sunday against New Orleans.

Are the Falcons’ woes an aberration, or the result of a series of personnel mistakes?

Buccaneers LT Donald Penn acknowledges that he has had an uncharacteristically inconsistent year.

With S Tyann Mathieu done for the year with a knee injury and S Rashad Johnson doubtful with a sprained ankle, Cardinals rookie Tony Jefferson is ready to step in.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has gone four straight games without 100 yards rushing, for only the second time in his entire career.

Tickets to the 49ers’ final game at Candlestick Park aren’t cheap.

Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar lined up at running back in victory formation last week; “I asked Kellen [Clemens] if I could take the snap; he told me no chance,” Dunbar said.