Sunday morning one-liners

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Are the Bills the right fit for free agent WR Anquan Boldin?

WR Kenny Stills goes deep for the Dolphins.

Patriots TE Matt Lengel planned to follow his father in law enforcement if an NFL career didn’t pan out.

A look at the Jets’ inside linebackers with David Harris out of the picture.

Sifting through the Ravens’ options at running back.

Is this going to be Marvin Lewis’ final season as the Bengals coach?

Laying out some pros and cons of Browns QB Cody Kessler.

CB Coty Sensabaugh brings experience to the Steelers secondary.

A long list of Texans training camp storylines.

Former Colts LB Gary Brackett has gone into the restaurant business.

DL Calais Campbell’s versatility gives the Jaguars options on defense.

A few questions about the Titans, including one about the possibility of a new backup quarterback.

Turning 30 at the end of the year isn’t causing Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas much concern.

A profile of Chiefs G.M. candidate and current personnel exec Brett Veach.

Right tackle is the only starting spot up for grabs on the Raiders offensive line.

Coming home to Los Angeles hasn’t been as smooth as Chargers DT Brandon Mebane might have liked.

The Cowboys are looking for more production from DT Cedric Thornton.

Giants coach Ben McAdoo has been part of a move toward younger head coaches in the NFL.

Breaking down the Eagles cornerbacks.

How many current Redskins offensive starters will be with the team in 2020?

Bears T Charles Leno and LB Jerrell Freeman were at a wheelchair basketball game that was part of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games.

Projecting the numbers for some of the Lions’ offensive players.

CB Davon House moved into more of a leadership role upon his return to the Packers.

An examination of CB Trae Waynes’ value to the Vikings.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman was back in Miami to host his football camp.

A preview of Panthers QB Cam Newton’s trip to “The 100,000 Pyramid.”

Said Saints LB Manti Te’o, “As long as I stay healthy, I’ll be able to do what I need to do to help this team win.”

The Buccaneers feel good about their running back depth.

Cardinals LB Markus Golden is looking for bigger things in 2017.

Rams P Johnny Hekker helped kick off the Special Olympics Summer Games.

49ers CB Jaquiski Tartt returned to Alabama for the second iteration of his football camp.

RB Thomas Rawls checks in at No. 17 on this list of the most intriguing Seahawks.

Packers spend offseason working on defending the pass

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The Packers concentrated on the passing game — and defending the pass — during 11-on-11 work during the offseason. Mike McCarthy had reasons for reducing the number of run calls.

The Packers coach insists run calls in no-pads practices create unrealistic looks, leading to linemen and running backs developing bad habits. The emphasis on the passing game served a second purpose in giving the defensive backs more work as defensive coordinator Dom Capers spent the offseason preaching improved coverage.

“We’ve really focused on the pass,” McCarthy said, via Pete Dougherty of USA Today Network.

The Packers have three new players expected to upgrade their secondary. They brought back cornerback Davon House in free agency and drafted cornerback Kevin King and safety/linebacker Josh Jones with their first two picks.

The Packers ranked 22nd in total defense last season, including 31st against the pass, so it’s obvious why Green Bay made changes in both personnel and practice plans.

Wednesday morning one-liners

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In Matt Moore, the Dolphins think they have a backup who could start for a lot of teams.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is confident he’s in for a big year.

The Bills are getting pretty good grades for their offseason moves.

Jets QB Christian Hackenberg says he’s going to take advantage of the opportunities given to him.

The Ravens have announced the dates of their open practices in training camp.

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick is back from a broken hand.

The Browns are interested in free agent WR Jeremy Maclin.

Steelers NT Javon Hargrave should get healthy and get better for the Steelers.

Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney got a day off at OTAs.

Colts QB Andrew Luck has gone five months without throwing a football.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone won’t know what kind of team he has until he sees them hit.

The Titans are looking at the success of the Nashville Predators and hoping to replicate it.

Some Broncos players have reacted to Colin Kaepernick’s continued free agency.

Jamaal Charles said goodbye to Kansas City.

Said Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch of returning home to Oakland, “The way we feel just about where we’re from and why we represent where we’re from so hard is because we know what the struggle is and how we get down. So every home game that I get to come to this motherfu–er, I’m probably going to be riding with the whole town.”

The Chargers have to be concerned about WR Mike Williams’ back.

Here’s a ranking of the most important Cowboys.

Free agent LB David Harris could be a good fit with the Giants.

Eagles G Chance Warmack is eager to mentor the younger linemen.

Bob Marley’s grandson is adding to the family legacy in Washington.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky considered playing his college football in the Chicago area at Northwestern.

The Lions are looking everywhere for a replacement for injured LT Taylor Decker.

Packers CB Davon House has a good story about just how faithful Packers fans are.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is trying to be careful with his eye.

It doesn’t sound like DE Dwight Freeney will be returning to the Falcons.

The rule that’s keeping Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey out of OTAs could be changed.

The Saints cut their 2016 sixth-round pick.

The Buccaneers will have plenty of competition on special teams in training camp.

Rams LT Andrew Whitworth has already made his presence felt in Los Angeles.

Ex-49er Tramaine Brock was charged with felony domestic violence.

The late Seahawk Cortez Kennedy had been hospitalized in the days before he died.

Shareece Wright took an Uber from Chicago to Buffalo for Bills practice

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Green Bay Packers safety Davon House wasn’t the only NFL player utilizing alternative transportation methods to get to practice Monday night.

Buffalo Bills cornerback Shareece Wright found himself stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Monday night. Instead of crowd-sourcing a ride via Twitter like House did, Wright just grabbed an Uber instead.

According to Mike Rodak of, Wright hopped in an Uber for the 550-mile journey from O’Hare to Bills headquarters in Orchard Park, N.Y. Wright’s agent – Tamerat Berhe – said the total cost of the trip came out to $932.08 ($632.08 for the fare, $300 for a tip).

While OTAs are voluntary practices, Wright is in his first season with the Bills after signing with the team in May. With new teammates and a new defense to absorb, it’s more important for Wright to be taking part in practices and getting a jump-start on adjusting to the new surroundings.

Never mind Uber, Davon House hitches a ride via Twitter

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Packers cornerback Davon House was stuck in an airport and frustrated, so he did what many people do — he complained about it on Twitter.

But what he ended up was a Lyft to another city.

According to Rob Demovsky of, some quick connections with some Twitter followers got House a ride home after he was stranded at the airport in Minneapolis.

When House landed in the Twin Cities around 11 p.m., he had missed his connection and was faced with the prospect of being late for OTAs in nine hours. But brothers Chad and Mike Johnson saw his electronic SOS and offered to drive him to Green Bay.

Ignoring the advice of every mom everywhere and accepting a ride from strangers, House began the four-hour jaunt across Wisconsin with two guys he only met through social media.

“I went to bed and I was scrolling through my Twitter and saw he needed a ride,” Chad Johnson said. “My brother lives in Hudson, [Wisconsin]; I’m in Eau Claire. I tweeted him that ‘I could come pick you up,’ and in the meantime I texted my brother that House needs a ride. My brother also tweeted him. He was closer so he swung up to the airport and picked him up, and I met him on Highway 29 so my brother and I could keep each other awake.”

Chad even brought a pillow so House could be well-rested for practice. When they arrived at the airport in Green Bay, they took House to his car, but he insisted on swinging them by Lambeau Field.

“It would’ve been cool just to get a picture with him there, but he was like, ‘Follow me to the stadium and I’ll sign some stuff for you,'” Chad Johnson said. “We told him he didn’t need to do that, and he insisted. He has OTAs at 7:30, and here he is at 3:30 in the morning doing this. So he brought us over there, we got to go in the locker room. He signed some shoes and some gloves and let us take pictures with the Super Bowl trophies.”

House also gave them $80 in gas money, which was literally gas money for him considering he has a $150,000 workout bonus.

But the Johnson brothers have a story to tell, which is even better than a good night’s sleep.

Friday morning one-liners

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G Richie Incognito is looking forward to the start of the Bills’ offseason program.

Former Dolphins Jason Taylor and Sam Madison will work with a high school team that includes their sons.

The Patriots changed their logo 24 years ago.

A negative look back at the 2016 Jets draft.

Does it make sense for the Ravens to trade DE Timmy Jernigan?

Bengals owner Mike Brown shared his thoughts about T Andrew Whitworth’s departure as a free agent.

The Browns will host a draft party at a popular tailgating spot.

The Steelers expect a lot of competition for wide receiver roles alongside Antonio Brown.

Texans RB Lamar Miller is happy about former teammate Jay Ajayi’s success.

The Colts discussed their decision to part ways with TE Dwayne Allen.

K Josh Scobee will sign a one-day contract to retire with the Jaguars.

Titans LB Wesley Woodyard turned March Madness into a fundraising opportunity.

The Broncos have reportedly shown interest in Bucknell T Julién Davenport.

The Chiefs are trying to become St. Louis’ team as well.

There’s no consensus on what the Raiders will do in the draft.

TE Sean McGrath will return to the Chargers on the exclusive rights free agent tender.

Three players the Cowboys expect more from in 2017.

Will the Giants be less predictable on offense next season?

Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins paid a visit to Congress.

How optimistic are Redskins fans right now?

A safety might make sense for the Bears at the top of the draft.

DB Miles Killebrew and LB Antwione Williams are in line for bigger roles with the Lions.

Inexperience on the roster helped lead to CB Davon House’s return to the Packers.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said CB Mackensie Alexander needs to listen to coaching more.

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant remains on track for training camp.

Chad Pennington believes Panthers QB Cam Newton’s biggest challenge coming back from shoulder surgery will be on the mental side.

Could the Saints take a quarterback in the first round?

Signing with the Buccaneers is a homecoming for LS Garrison Sanborn.

A look at the Cardinals’ draft history at linebacker.

The Rams’ appearance on “Hard Knocks” garnered four Emmy nominations.

Said 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan of WR Pierre Garçon, ““I’ve always loved Pierre just because of how angry he plays. He gives you his all. He plays extremely aggressive. The best leaders are the guys who lead by example.”

Outlining reasons for coach Pete Carroll’s optimism about the Seahawks.

Wednesday morning one-liners

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Questions remain about whether the Bills are committed to QB Tyrod Taylor beyond 2017.

Can the Dolphins land DT Dontari Poe?

The Patriots like how new RB Rex Burkhead sees the hole and accelerates through it.

The Jets are trying hard to land LB Dont’a Hightower.

Baltimore would still like to land a cornerback.

Bengals OT Andre Smith has only completed a full season twice in eight years in the NFL.

Could Brock Osweiler actually help the Browns on the field, and not just help them land a second-round pick?

Do the Steelers still have a shot at Dont’a Hightower?

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins told some guy on Twitter he’d join his seven-on-seven game.

The Colts hope Margus Hunt is a late bloomer.

Davon House was unhappy with the scheme changes made in the Jaguars’ defense.

The T-i-t-a-n-s are the sponsors of a local spelling bee.

Are the Broncos ready to be led by QB Paxton Lynch?

Will the Chiefs add LB Gerald Hodges?

New Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson hopes he gets plenty of playing time on offense, in addition to returning kicks.

The Chargers cut the guy with the NFL’s best mullet.

The Cowboys hope G Jonathan Cooper gives them depth and flexibility.

Ex-Giant Lawrence Tynes compares Mike Glennon to Eli Manning.

New Cowboy Nolan Carroll can’t wait to play the Eagles.

The team that started free agency by firing its G.M. hasn’t made a lot of moves.

New Bears CB Marcus Cooper wrote an open letter to Chicago.

Lions G T.J. Lang expects to be pain-free for the first time in years.

The Vikings may land TE Jared Cook after the Packers moved on at the position.

The Packers feel like they got a great deal on TE Martellus Bennett.

Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff likes what he has in WR Andre Roberts.

New Panthers WR Russell Shepard takes pride in dirt, sand and gravel.

The Saints think they’ve brought in quite a haul in free agency.

Kansas State DE Jordan Willis is drawing interest from the Buccaneers.

The Rams are keeping a strong special teams unit intact.

For the Cardinals, Jarvis Jones should replace Alex Okafor.

The 49ers and Tim Rattay were the victims of DeMarcus Ware’s first sack.

The Seahawks were 25th in rushing yards and 24th in yards per carry, which is why they wanted Eddie Lacy.

Report: Davon House returning to Packers


The Packers didn’t re-sign cornerback Davon House when he hit free agency after the 2014 season, but he’s reportedly found his way back to Green Bay.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that House has agreed to a one-year deal with the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.

House left the Packers for a four-year deal with the Jaguars, but was released by Jacksonville after two years. House played in every game for the Jaguars over that period, but lost his starting job on defense early last season.

Cornerbacks Damarious Randall, Ladarius Gunter, Quinten Rollins and Demetri Goodson remain under contract for the Packers and House will join that group in a competition for playing time when the team’s offseason program gets underway.

Cornerback Davon House visiting the Steelers


While many assumed former Jaguars cornerback Davon House was a sensible fit back in Green Bay and there was some early word of mutual interest in a return, we haven’t heard much from him since his release.

That could be changing in the coming days.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, House is going to Pittsburgh today to meet with the Steelers, adding that his market is “heating up.”

That suggests other visits if the Steelers don’t want him, or they can’t come to an agreement on his value.

House was a big-ticket free agent by for the Jaguars two years ago, but was benched and cut there. So he’s out stumping for work, and the Steelers seem to have a perpetual need for qualified bodies at his position.

“Mutual interest” between Packers and Davon House


The Packers weren’t going to pay Davon House when he was an unrestricted free agent, but now that he’s free again, they’re interested again.

According to Rob Demovsky of, there’s “mutual interest” between the Packers and the former Jaguars cornerback for a return.

House only made it through two years of his four-year, $24.5 million deal with the Jags. And now that he was cut, it won’t cost the Packers in terms of the compensatory pick formula to reel him back in.

When injuries hit their secondary last year, they were forced to play a number of young players who were in over their heads, but House is at least a known commodity.

Jaguars cut cornerback Davon House

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After not finding anyone willing to give anything up for him, the Jaguars did what we figured they’d do with cornerback Davon House.

According to Michael DiRocco of, the Jaguars parted ways with the former free agent pickup Monday.

He was due to make $6 million, and he was benched last year, so this one falls squarely in the category of #asexpected.

They signed him to a four-year, $24.5 million deal early in free agency in 2015, but it didn’t take long for that to look like a bad investment.

He had played well for Green Bay previously, and it will be interesting to see if the Packers have interest again, after their secondary was short-handed last year. And now that he’s been cut, it wouldn’t cost them against the compensatory picks formula, which makes it slightly more appealing that if he was an unrestricted free agent.

Jaguars trying to get something for Davon House before they cut him


The circle of free agent life is about to claim another one.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Jaguars are trying to hustle up a trade for cornerback Davon House, and if they can’t find one, will likely release him.

House was an early free agency signing by the Jaguars two springs ago, but they’re apparently trying to get out from under the $6 million he’s due this year.

House lost his starting job after four games last year, and carrying a big number, it makes sense that they’d try to get something for him while they can. That way, they can go spend the money on somebody else next week who will become the next guy to get cut.

Tuesday morning one-liners

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Interim head coach Anthony Lynn has plenty of support in the Bills locker room.

The Dolphins defense did not impress in Week 17.

A look at the role the defense played in the Patriots’ success this season.

Jets RB Matt Forte had arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

WR Kamar Aiken is heading into free agency off a “frustrating” season with the Ravens.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert isn’t worried about being ready for next season.

The Browns hope this season set the foundation for better days ahead.

Should WR Sammie Coates have a playoff role for the Steelers?

WR DeAndre Hopkins has gotten more involved in the Texans offense.

There’s plenty for the Colts to do this offseason.

CB Davon House hopes a coaching change leads to a renewed role on the Jaguars defense.

A look at Titans heading for free agency.

LB Von Miller wants DeMarcus Ware back with the Broncos in 2017.

The Chiefs can take things a little easier this week.

The injuries have mounted for the Raiders of late.

Chargers players want to know where they’re going to be playing next season.

CB Morris Claiborne could be back for the Cowboys in the playoffs.

Resting starters wasn’t part of the Giants’ plan in Week 17.

Wide receiver help is on the Eagles’ offseason to-do list.

WR Josh Doctson is confident he’ll be healthy and able to help the Redskins in 2017.

Will QB Brian Hoyer be back with the Bears?

A negative take on the Lions’ chances of winning in Seattle.

Packers WR Davante Adams just missed a 1,000-yard season.

WR Laquon Treadwell’s rookie year with the Vikings wasn’t what he was hoping it would be.

The Falcons are doing some self-scouting while they wait to find out who they’ll play in their first postseason game.

Panthers K Graham Gano is expected to face competition next season.

DT Sheldon Rankins strained his Achilles, but should be fine for Saints offseason work.

The Buccaneers ended their season with a record-setting Jameis Winston touchdown pass.

The Cardinals have a decision to make at left tackle this offseason.

The incoming Rams coach will have plenty to keep him busy.

Culture was a major 49ers talking point on Monday.

S Earl Thomas thinks his injury cost the Seahawks a first-round bye.

Friday morning one-liners


Said Bills RB LeSean McCoy, “I’m ready to roll. I mean, last year I was battling so much, just with injuries and everything and trying to get healthy, so there are no excuses and I’m ready to go and take on a tough opponent.”

Dolphins receivers have several of former NFL players to ask for advice.

It’s been a busy week for Patriots CB Eric Rowe.

CB Darrelle Revis said the end to last season serves as fire for the Jets this year.

The Ravens are planning to use a running back committee this season.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton’s first home win came against a team quarterbacked by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will lead the Jets offense on Sunday.

Tramon Williams has settled into his role as the Browns’ nickel cornerback.

Bud Dupree’s injury has opened more playing time for Steelers LB Arthur Moats.

Texans rookie WR Will Fuller is dealing with a hamstring injury.

The Colts would like to see their receivers add more yards after the catch.

Jaguars CB Davon House is eager to face his former team this weekend.

QB Marcus Mariota is one of six captains for the Titans.

RB C.J. Anderson starred for the Broncos on Thursday night.

A look at how Chiefs running backs Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West complement one another.

Raiders QB Derek Carr will face off with his first head coach Dennis Allen this weekend.

The Chargers’ passing game should be a strength this season.

Are the Cowboys cornerbacks up to the task in front of them this year?

Rookie S Darian Thompson is set to play a big role for the Giants.

It doesn’t look like missing the preseason will keep Eagles WR Jordan Matthews from playing in Week One.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden likes his team’s health heading into the opener.

The Bears hope new arrivals can lift their linebacking group.

S Tavon Wilson is set to fill a starting role for the Lions.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy takes issue with those who think he has a conservative style.

Getting a quarterback ready quickly isn’t new to Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu is wearing special shoes in honor of 9/11 this Sunday.

P Andy Lee set a franchise record with a 76-yard punt in his first game with the Panthers.

LB Dannell Ellerbe was out of practice for the Saints on Thursday.

Playing in Atlanta brings back emotional memories for Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald reminisced about his first time facing the Patriots.

CB Lamarcus Joyner has gotten more comfortable with his role in the Rams secondary.

Wideouts Jeremy Kerley and Rod Streater are trying to revive their careers with the 49ers.

Can Bradley Sowell hold onto the Seahawks’ left tackle job?

Cedric Peerman becomes latest Bengals player to suffer injury


Bengals running back Cedric Peerman immediately left the game and was treated on the sideline after being dragged down by his left arm by Jaguars cornerback Davon House in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game.

Trainers placed an air cast on Peerman’s arm.

Peerman went to the Pro Bowl as a special teams player last season. He’s been with the Bengals since 2010 and hasn’t missed a game in three seasons.

Earlier in the game the Bengals removed wide receiver A.J. Green after he came up limping after making a catch along the sideline. It’s been a brutal preseason for the Bengals on the injury front.