Wednesday morning one-liners

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The offense struggled on the first day of Dolphins minicamp.

Bills QB EJ Manuel says he’s growing as a quarterback heading into his second NFL season.

Patriots rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo says he’s just focusing on getting better every day, not becoming the heir apparent to Tom Brady.

Jeff Cumberland knows he’s now the veteran leader of the Jets’ tight end group: “When I got here, we had guys in the locker room. We had Dustin Keller, we had Ben Hartsock, last year we had Kellen [Winslow], so I’ve had guys around me to help me see the way and see what there is out there. Now that I have this younger group, it’s up to me to kind of help these guys get the feel as well.”

Steelers S Troy Polamalu feels a little weird about getting old.

The heat index in Baltimore was 100 degrees at the start of the Ravens’ minicamp, which head coach John Harbaugh referred to as “just the way we like it.”

Sammy Watkins has no hard feelings toward the Browns, who traded down to let the Bills draft him, instead of drafting him themselves.

Margus Hunt looks like he’s making progress in his second season in Cincinnati.

Asked about absent WR Andre Johnson, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said, “It’s all about the guys that are here. The guys that are here seem to be really focused.”

Colts S LaRon Landry missed the start of minicamp for medical reasons, but coach Chuck Pagano said he’s not worried about Landry being ready to go.

The Jaguars have had significant roster turnover since last year.

The Titans have high expectations for WR Justin Hunter.

Broncos coach John Fox still relies on the lessons he learned from the late Chuck Noll.

Changes in the secondary are a concern in Kansas City.

Chargers OLB Dwight Freeney feels ready to contribute.

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew got in shape this offseason by running up a steep hill.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo tried to sneak into drills, but the team still wants him to take it easy after back surgery.

Giants LT Will Beatty is expected to be back from a broken leg some time early in training camp.

Eagles CB Brandon Boykin says he’s been asked a million times if he’ll move from the slot to the outside, but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards.

Washington QB Robert Griffin III feels great about not having to wear a knee brace.

Bears backup QB Jordan Palmer participated in minicamp Tuesday after missing two weeks of OTAs to rest a strained right pectoral.

Is criticism of the Lions’ secondary justified?

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been coaching up his younger teammates.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he won’t proclaim anyone the favorite to win the starting quarterback job because he wants to see competition, both at quarterback and at every other position.

The Falcons aren’t showing any interest in CB Brandon Flowers.

The Panthers had some problems with slippery grass at minicamp, but there were no significant injuries despite many players falling to the ground.

The Saints and Jimmy Graham’s agent are at odds over the franchise tag, but they’ve also engaged in face-to-face negotiations about a potential long-term deal.

The Bucs have signed former Panthers WR David Gettis and waived LB Steven Jenkins and OT Emmett Cleary.

The Cardinals have announced their training camp schedule.

The Rams’ defense is learning to play the Gregg Williams way. (Which we hope does not include cash rewards for injuring other players.)

Are 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and his receivers in for a big year?

Said new Seahawks DT Kevin Williams of his impressions of the team, “Anyone who ever watched them play lately [could see] how much fun they’re having, offensively and defensively. Having fun and doing things right ended up with a lot of wins and winning the Super Bowl last year.”