Thursday morning one-liners


Bills DE Jerry Hughes is overcoming his draft bust label, which he earned with the Colts.

The run game continues to be a problem for the Dolphins.

Patriots DE Andre Carter is fine with looking back on what has been a solid and long NFL career.

The Jets might not be good at everything, but they’re very good at running the ball lately.

The Ravens know their secondary will get another stern test this week.

The Bengals have no plans to rest starters, since they could still get to the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Sunday’s Browns finale has some meaning, at least for some individual Browns.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is performing at record pace, at least statistically.

The Texans could still have an impact on the playoff race, or at least the load of former Texans who are helping the Eagles.

The Colts are improving up front at the time when they need to protect QB Andrew Luck the most.

The Jaguars could get a longer look at rookie CB Demetrius McCray this week.

Titans rookie G Chance Warmack got some mixed reviews, at least for his portrayal of Santa Claus.

When the playoffs are over, the payoffs are next for 16 Broncos headed to free agency.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has earned the trust of his players with his 7-of-8 mark on replay challenges.

The Raiders can look ahead to 2014, and they at least know who they’ll be playing.

The Chargers are lobbying for QB Philip Rivers to get some Pro Bowl recognition.

In other Cowboys back news, WR Dez Bryant was limited in practice because of his.

The Giants need to add some help on the offensive line if they want to become a contender again next year.

Eagles QB Nick Foles can’t obsess over his performance against the Cowboys earlier this year.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan hasn’t talked to his players about his job status.

Even after allowing 54, Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is confident in his future.

Nine Lions were held out of their Christmas practice, including WR Calvin Johnson.

The “definitive” call on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is coming today.

Vikings TE Chase Ford is making the most of his chances to step on the field.

The Falcons showed some progress on the offensive line Monday, though it was about 15 weeks too late.

Panthers WR Domenik Hixon hasn’t gotten many chances with the Panthers, but he’ll get more after Sunday’s game-winner.

Saints QB Drew Brees is only 219 yards away from his fourth 5,000-yard season.

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is a sack away from joining Warren Sapp (and Brad Culpepper).

Coach Bruce Arians was a gift Cardinals fans won’t be returning today.

Rams K Greg Zeurlein has worked to become more accurate this year, in addition to obvious leg strength.

The 49ers say they won’t be scoreboard-watching Sunday, which is what they all say.

The Seahawks have gotten restless trying to figure out what happened to their passing game.