Wednesday morning one-liners


Bills WR Sammy Watkins visited Jim Kelly in the hospital.

Dolphins undrafted free agent LB Derrell Johnson was a four-year starter and two-time All-Conference USA at East Carolina.

Patriots undrafted rookie TE Asa Watson, the younger brother of former Patriots TE Benjamin Watson, on going to his brother’s games: “I remember Doug Flutie’s dropkick vividly. Sitting up in the stands, and now I’m actually being a part of it. It’s really cool. Surreal.”

Jets DT Sheldon Richardson is the No. 94 player on the NFL Network Top 100.

Said Todd Heap of joining the Ravens’ Ring of Honor, “It’s pretty surreal. There are a lot of special players in Ravens history. It’s going to be cool to be listed among them. You never know how deserving it is, but I was pumped and I think it’s going to be cool for years to come.”

The talk that Bengals QB AJ McCarron turned teams off with a cocky demeanor came as a surprise to Alabama coach Nick Saban: “It does surprise me because he was never that way to me and I think that if you asked a lot of his teammates, they would probably say the same,” Saban said. “I think that AJ is a very good person. And regardless of what he ever said to you and whatever way he left you with an impression, if he could do something to help you, he’d be the first person to be there to do it. He is a good person and in the long run, he will certainly get the chance to prove that he can be a good leader and a good quarterback in the National Football League.”

Will the Browns actually stick to the plan to have Brian Hoyer start and Johnny Manziel back him up?

Said Steelers chairman Dan Rooney of the death of scout Bill Nunn, “We have lost a great friend and a great person who did so much for the Steelers organization with the passing of Bill Nunn. Bill was a special person who did everything in his career, from playing sports to being an excellent journalist, all of which led to his outstanding career in scouting for the Steelers.”

Andre Johnson doesn’t seem happy with the Texans, but he’s still giving back to the Houston community.

Colts undrafted C Jonothan Harrison started 39 games at Florida.

There are reasons for optimism in Jacksonville.

Titans DB Coty Sensabaugh is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Said Broncos rookie OL Michael Schofield, “I’m not just a tackle, I can play guard. At the Senior Bowl I played almost strictly just guard, trying to show that. In my red shirt sophomore year I actually started at guard, but I’ve played tackle my whole life, pretty much since sophomore year in high school.”

The Chiefs’ sixth-round pick is just one year of medical school away from being a doctor.

Said undrafted Raiders FB Karl Williams, “Coming to Utah as a walk-on, I like to have to work for what I get. I wanted to go somewhere that fit me and wanted me. I think it worked out for the best.”

Chargers QB Philip Rivers and his family had to be evacuated because of fires in the San Diego area.

Ben Malena, a Texas A&M running back signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, has a good chance of making the roster for his special teams play.

Former Giants DB Tyler Sash was charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts after he was arrested for leading police on a chase on his motorized scooter and on foot.

The Eagles’ draft was more about building for the long run than about acquiring players who can start in 2014.

Despite reports to the contrary, Washington G.M. Bruce Allen says he didn’t get any calls about trading QB Kirk Cousins.

Rookie QB David Fales looks like a good fit for the Bears.

Lions LB Kyle Van Noy looks like he can have an impact as a rookie.

Said Packers rookie Khyri Thornton, “To be honest with you I really didn’t have high expectations of going high in the draft. I told my agent, don’t tell me anything. Anything you hear, keep it to yourself.”

The Vikings cut G Josh Samuda, who suffered a likely season-ending ankle injury during a workout last month.

Falcons coach Mike Smith doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. “We don’t want to be pigeon-holed as ‘this defense’ or ‘that defense’,” Smith said. “I think when you really study how people play defense, and how we play defense you don’t know what we are, and that’s the key.”

David Foucault was the fifth overall pick in the Canadian Football League draft, but he’ll only go to Canada if he doesn’t stick with the Panthers at this week’s minicamp.

The Saints seemed to find value late in the draft.

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown says throwing to WRs Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans this year will be “very similar” to throwing to WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery last year in Chicago.

The Cardinals are focusing CB Patrick Peterson exclusively on defense, and no longer planning to give him time on offense and special teams.

Rams rookie OT Greg Robinson and DT Aaron Donald are ready for big things.

San Francisco first-round pick Jimmie Ward will wear No. 25.

Seahawks C Max Unger is the only player left from their 2009 draft class.