Thursday morning one-liners


The Bills hope some veteran days off leads to valuable experience for young players.

Dolphins S Reshad Jones looked good in his first practice back.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t talking about practice fights.

The Jets catch shade even when it isn’t thrown directly at them.

Ravens WR Chris Matthews is trying to be more consistent.

Some are wondering if Bengals CB Adam Jones is slowing down.

For the Browns, little victories matter.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to practice.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien isn’t a fan of practice fights either.

Questions about the future of Colts WR Phillip Dorsett linger.

Jaguars DE Calais Campbell missed his third straight practice with a “medical issue.”

Titans WR Eric Decker actually is a coach on the field.

The Broncos are putting a heavy focus on the run game.

Chiefs CB De’Vante Bausby is getting a second chance to impress.

The Chargers removed the last of their San Diego signage.

The Raiders are shuffling their line to make up for the absence of LT Donald Penn.

Cowboys DE Taco Charlton is ready for his first bite of the NFL preseason.

Giants QBs Geno Smith and Josh Johnson are doing their best with limited work.

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery missed his second straight day of practice.

Washington G Brandon Scherff apparently makes a mean deer fajita.

Bears QB  Mike Glennon’s starting to feel more comfortable.

The Lions activated S Don Carey from the PUP list.

Packers K Mason Crosby is adapting to his new special teams teammates.

The Vikings CBs are ready to be more physical.

Falcons CB Jalen Collins has no problems working with the third defense for now.

Panthers rookie RB Christian McCaffrey is earning some high praise in his first camp.

The Saints think CB Marshon Lattimore will be back soon.

Buccaneers G J.R. Sweezy is bringing a little attitude to the line.

Cardinals rookie WR Chad Williams is ready to contribute.

Rams DT Michael Brockers isn’t going to apologize for a day off during camp.

The 49ers are excited about what they’ve seen so far from LB Reuben Foster.

Seahawks S Earl Thomas is feeling good as he returns to work.

Lions look to strobe technology to cut down dropped passes

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The Lions had the third-most dropped passes in the league last season and added a few more in their playoff loss to the Seahawks, which left the team looking for ways to make sure that they aren’t a problem again this season.

Coach Jim Caldwell said that one way they are doing that is with strobe technology glasses. The glasses flip from blocking the vision of the wearer to allowing them a clear view of what’s ahead in hopes of increasing anticipation of what’s to come and speeding up reaction times.

“Some of our guys are using those [glasses] that cut off your vision for a moment and when you reignite it, you can see and make you really concentrate a little bit harder,” Caldwell said, via the Detroit Free Press. “We’re doing a lot of different things that way. [Wide receivers coach] Robert Prince and some of those guys that are doing a great job with our guys getting them ready are going to make certain we don’t let some of those opportunities slip by us like we did last year.”

Caldwell said he doesn’t believe the glasses represent a Holy Grail in terms of fixing the issue, but hopes they will be part of an approach that ends with more balls staying put in the hands of Matthew Stafford’s intended targets.

Report: “Substantial gap” between Lions and Matthew Stafford

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There’s no reason for Matthew Stafford to be in a hurry to get a new contract, not with the chance to go year-to-year like Kirk Cousins and strike it rich.

So unless the Lions are going to make a big offer now, it stands to reason things will be slow.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, there’s “still a pretty substantial gap,” in the negotiations between the Lions and Stafford.

Stafford’s entering the final year of the deal he signed in 2013, and figures to eclipse Derek Carr as the biggest contract in the league if he does a long-term deal.

But if they can’t do a long-term deal, he’d make $26.4 million in 2018 via the franchise tag, and he could top $100 million over three seasons if he plays under the tag the two years after that.

Stafford has said he has “no timetable,” but the two sides continue to talk.

Tuesday morning one-liners


Which Bills helped their stock in the first week of training camp?

The Dolphins are taking it easy with S Reshad Jones.

Said Patriots RB Dion Lewis, “We have a lot of great running backs, and they’re great guys as well. Competition’s great. That’s when you show who you really are.”

Jets CB Morris Claiborne’s work at practice earned a good review.

The Ravens got WR Michael Campanaro back at practice.

Former Bengals RB James Brooks visited the team’s camp on Monday.

S Derrick Kindred isn’t taking a spot in the Browns secondary for granted.

First-round pick T.J. Watt is off to a good start at Steelers camp.

The game has slowed down for Texans LB Bernardrick McKinney.

Some positive notes about Colts WR Donte Moncrief’s work at practice.

Rookie T Cam Robinson is in line for a big role with the Jaguars after Branden Albert’s retirement.

Titans rookie TE Jonnu Smith has set high expectations for himself.

Things went a bit better for the Broncos offense on Monday.

The Chiefs are working to boost their run game.

Said Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. of rookie DT Eddie Vanderdoes, “I think he understands how to get lined up. He understands the blocking schemes. He understands how to get on edges. Things that we drafted him for.”

Chargers wide receivers have been doing a lot of talking to the team’s defensive backs.

Rookie DE Taco Charlton is coming along after a slow start at Cowboys camp.

Blocking is a focus for Giants rookie TE Evan Engram.

An injury scare last summer hasn’t dimmed Eagles TE Zach Ertz’s excitement about doing some hitting in practice.

Redskins veterans are high on rookie DL Jonathan Allen.

Bears LB Leonard Floyd feels he’s improved as a tackler.

WR Kenny Golladay has been doing some extra work with Lions QB Matthew Stafford.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t want to compare his defense to other teams.

Vikings CB Terence Newman said he is “chasing this hot babe known as the Lombardi Trophy.”

The Warriors’ rebound after losing in the NBA Finals caught Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s eye.

WR Brenton Bersin has been cut several times, but keeps coming back to the Panthers.

Willie Snead is a big believer in the Saints receiving corps.

The Buccaneers aren’t underestimating S Keith Tandy.

CB Tramon Williams said he wouldn’t have signed with the Cardinals if he didn’t think they could have a winning season.

A healthy CB E.J. Gaines has been productive at Rams practices.

The 49ers are dealing with injuries at safety.

Kendrick Lamar stopped by Seahawks camp.

Lions activate Greg Robinson and Cornelius Washington from NFI

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The Lions got a pair of key parts back on the field, after short stays on the non-football injury list.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions activated offensive tackle Greg Robinson and defensive end Cornelius Washington from NFI after one day so they’d be there for the start of practice.

Robinson was acquired to compete for the starting left tackle job, in the absence of the injured Taylor Decker. The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft was brought in in a trade with the Rams, who had given up on him.

He’ll have to beat out former Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio during the preseason, another guy the Lions scrambled to acquire after Decker was diagnosed with a shoulder injury which required surgery.

Washington lends some depth to a position that’s thin at the moment, with three defensive ends including Ziggy Ansah on the physically unable to perform list.

Caleb Benenoch, A’Shawn Robinson sued over L.A. night club bill

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch and Detroit Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson have been sued over a debt regarding an outstanding bill at a Los Angeles club.

According to TMZ, Benenoch and Robinson racked up a bill of $9,332 at Hyde night club in March only to find themselves unable to pay when their credit cards were declined. Richard Harrington, who was invited by the pair to the club that night, offered to pick up the tab with the promise of repayment from the two players.

Instead, the claim says each player only paid him $2,000, leaving him with over $5,000 remaining for the bill. The report says the players refuse to pay the remaining sum.

Benenoch told that he believes he’s fulfilled his obligation.

We did our part,” he said.

“This is all I’m really going to say on it — I’m focused on football. I’m not really worried about what they’ve got going on. The legal system is going to play itself out. I’m focused on what we’ve got going on here.”

Robinson declined to comment to ESPN.

Where does Matthew Stafford rank among the NFL’s top quarterbacks?


Quarterback Matthew Stafford currently has the Lions over a contractual barrel. Whether he receives another huge contract or goes year-to-year and makes more than $100 million from 2018 through 2020 obscures the question of how good he really is, in comparison to other quarterbacks.

Appearing on Monday’s PFT Live, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms put Stafford at No. 3 in the league behind Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

The notion of Stafford being that good in relation to the other great quarterbacks seems surprising at first blush. But if he’s not No. 3, who is? Drew Brees, arguably. Maybe Ben Roethlisberger. Matt Ryan possibly. Cam Newton or Russell Wilson? Perhaps. Andrew Luck isn’t healthy, and who knows when he will be.

It’s really not crazy to put Stafford in that category. Yes, he hasn’t won a playoff game. But he’s taken a chronically based Lions team to the postseason three times since 2011, and whether a team thrives isn’t solely determined by quarterback play.

Weigh in below with your thoughts. Ultimately, it’s not going to matter to his next contract, because the Lions won’t be letting him walk until they can find someone as good or better. And whoever is as good or better than Stafford simply isn’t and won’t be available.

Lions add a tackle with Tony Hills retiring

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The Lions brought in a new offensive lineman on Monday to take the roster spot of one who has opted to retire.

The team announced that they have signed tackle Nick Becton and that Tony Hills has been placed on the reserve/retired list. The team also activated safety Rolan Milligan from the physically unable to perform list.

Hills signed with the Lions in June after spending the last two seasons in New Orleans. He also played for the Colts, Cowboys, Broncos and Steelers, who drafted Hills out of Texas in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.

Hills signed with Detroit in the wake of Taylor Decker’s shoulder surgery, but he’s been a career backup and they later traded for Greg Robinson to bolster their tackle options while Decker recovers. Robinson was activated from the non-football injury list on Sunday and will compete with Cyrus Kouandjio for playing time.

Becton saw action in five games for the Bears two years ago and also played in one game for the Chargers in 2013.

Eric Ebron hurt hamstring on Sunday

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Lions tight end Eric Ebron missed a big chunk of time last summer with an ankle injury and his 2017 training camp got off on the wrong foot as well.

The Lions held their first practice of the summer on Sunday and Ebron wasn’t able to make it through the entire session before he injured his hamstring. Ebron did no team drills as a result and coach Jim Caldwell gave no indication about when Ebron might be able to return to action.

“He got a little bit of a tweak but we’ll see, see how bad it is,” Caldwell said, via the Detroit Free Press.

Ebron recovered from last year’s summer injury to post career highs in receptions and receiving yards. He did that despite missing three games, which means he’s still looking for his first 16-game season and the hope in Detroit will be that his current ailment isn’t the thing that stops that from happening this year.

Monday morning one-liners


S Micah Hyde is serving as a leader in the Bills secondary.

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was a guest at Dolphins practice.

Patriots WR Brandin Cooks discussed his touchdown celebration.

The Jets like what they’ve seen from their rookie safeties.

WR Tim White’s play was a highlight of Sunday’s Ravens practice.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton and his son worked with WR John Ross at the end of practice.

The Browns made a change to their offensive line group.

LB Tyler Matakevich is trying to make an impression on the Steelers.

Texans WR Will Fuller has shown signs of improvement.

The Colts flipped their guards as they look for the right offensive line alignment.

Rookie CB Jalen Myrick’s first week of Jaguars training camp didn’t go as hoped.

The Titans didn’t hold rookie WR Corey Davis back on his first day of practice.

CB Lorenzo Doss is trying to find more playing time for the Broncos.

WR Tyreek Hill is in line for a bigger role with the Chiefs this season.

The Raiders will wear pads for the first time on Monday.

Chargers QB Cardale Jones is looking forward to learning from Philip Rivers.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten got some advice from Jerry Rice.

CB Janoris Jenkins’ anger flared at Giants camp.

Undrafted Eagles rookie CB Randall Goforth tore his ACL.

Tracing how TE E.J. Bibbs made his way to the Redskins.

A look at how some younger Bears players prepared for their second NFL seasons.

Lions G T.J. Lang is feeling the best he’s felt in years.

Packers DL Mike Daniels wants Green Bay’s defense to take a page from the Seahawks.

Vikings QB Sam Bradford and WR Laquon Treadwell are working on their chemistry.

The Falcons got S Ricardo Allen back on the practice field.

Said Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker of QB Cam Newton, “To me, you wouldn’t have even known that he had surgery in the offseason and that he’s still going through the recovery process.”

Saints coach Sean Payton reminisced about former Saint Rob Ninkovich upon his retirement from the Patriots.

Checking in on the Buccaneers kicker competition.

QB Trevor Knight is trying to show the Cardinals he belongs in the NFL.

A positive review of Rams QB Sean Mannion’s early work at camp.

DL Arik Armstead appears to be taking to his new role on the 49ers defense.

Will this be S Kam Chancellor’s final season with the Seahawks?

Glover Quin signs two-year extension with Lions

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Safety Glover Quin said he wanted to sign a contract extension with the Lions this offseason and he got what he wanted on Sunday.

The Lions announced that Quin is now signed through the 2019 season. Quin is making $5 million in salary and bonus in the final year of his current contract and terms of his new one have not been announced.

“Glover is one of our team leaders, and throughout his career has been a consummate professional on and off the field,” Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said in a statement.  “We are thrilled that he will be a Lion for the next three seasons.”

Quin has started every game the Lions have played since joining the team in 2013 and has only missed one game overall in a career that started with the Texans in 2009. He had 68 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble last season.

There’s been a lot of speculation about whether quarterback Matthew Stafford will join Quin as a Lion with a new contract this year, but Stafford said this weekend that there’s no timetable for a deal at the moment.

Matthew Stafford continues to have “no timetable” for new deal

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In his negotiations with the Lions, quarterback Matthew Stafford hold all the cards. And he knows it. And he feels no need to put any of them on the table.

Via, Stafford reiterated on Saturday that he has “no timetable” for doing a new deal. He used the same term last month when discussing the situation, and he has shown no sense of urgency to get something done.

He has no reason to. With more than $100 million in career earnings, another $16.5 million due this season, and a franchise-tag number of $26.4 million for 2018, Stafford can just sit back and wait for events to unfold.

Thanks to Kirk Cousins, who has become the Lewis and Clark of the year-to-year approach, Stafford now realizes that he would make more than $100 million from 2018 through 2020 if tagged three times by the Lions. And why wouldn’t they tag him three times? They currently have no other options, and it’s not like they could easily find another Matthew Stafford, barring another 0-16 season.

Unlike young players who have never realized a major payday, Stafford doesn’t have to pounce on a discounted deal now. He can wait it out, and with each passing day he gets closer to a three-season sequence that could see him turn the quarterback market on its ear and then hit the open market at 33, with more than $200 million in career earnings and maybe other $150 million to still make.

Lions put Ziggy Ansah on PUP list

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Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah dealt with an ankle injury for much of last season and the team is taking a cautious approach to getting him ready for the 2017 campaign.

The Lions announced that Ansah has been placed on the physically unable to perform list to open camp, which leaves him ineligible to practice with the team until he’s been formally activated. Ansah participated in offseason work in a limited fashion and there’s been no sign that he won’t be ready to go for the regular season.

It is shaping up as a big season for Ansah. He’s in the final year of his rookie deal and is coming off a two-sack season after recording 30 in his first three years with Detroit. The ankle injury played a role in that drop and a bounce-back year would set him up nicely for a new deal.

The Lions also placed guard Brandon Thomas on the PUP list while tackle Greg Robinson and defensive end Cornelius Washington are on the non-football injury list. Cornerback Teez Tabor and tackle Cyrus Kouandjio have been activated from the NFI list and are set to practice with the team.

In contract year, Matthew Stafford puts in extra work

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is heading into the final year of his contract, and with the potential to cash in on a big 2017 season, he wants to make sure he’s at his best.

As a result, Stafford worked with a private quarterback coach for the first time this offseason, and he says he’s heading into training camp better than ever.

“I put a ton of work in,” Stafford said. “Did some extra stuff maybe I hadn’t done in the past. Put some work in with some people that I feel like I’m going to benefit from.”

Stafford said he spoke with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan about how Ryan prepared for last year’s MVP season. Lions coach Jim Caldwell would love it if Stafford could have that kind of season this year.

“I’m pleased with the progress,” Caldwell said of Stafford. “He’s moving forward still and I still believe that you just have not seen the best of him yet. He’s still heading in that direction.”

That work should pay off for Stafford on his next contract.

Friday morning one-liners

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Preston Brown worked at middle linebacker with the Bills starters on Thursday.

The Dolphins have competition for one of their linebacker jobs.

It wasn’t always certain it would work out that way, but CB Malcolm Butler was on the field for the Patriots as camp opened.

The Jets start camp with low expectations.

RB Bobby Rainey is back for a second run with the Ravens.

Said Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap, “I feel like I’ve got a lot of ball left and I look forward to making these next few years my best. I’ve had some good ball up to this point, but I still feel like I have a lot of room for growth.”

Facing off with T Joe Thomas will help Browns DE Myles Garrett learn about life in the NFL.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown arrived at training camp in a Rolls-Royce.

Texans CB Kevin Johnson is feeling good after last year’s foot injury.

Colts CB Vontae Davis is heading into a contract year.

CB A.J. Bouye had a good day in his first day at Jaguars training camp.

The Titans secondary looks significantly different from last year.

The Broncos have their first padded practice on Sunday.

Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman reported to training camp in costume.

Ten questions for the Raiders to answer during training camp.

The Chargers waived QB Eli Jenkins with Cardale Jones joining the team.

CB Anthony Brown picked off Dak Prescott during Cowboys practice.

The Giants are banking on improvement from holdover offensive linemen.

Eagles LB Nigel Bradham is waiting to hear if he’ll be suspended.

QB Kirk Cousins reiterated that he’s in a “good place” after failing to strike a long-term deal with the Redskins.

Bears LB Danny Trevathan is practicing in limited fashion after tearing his patellar tendon last season.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford picked up a new house in Georgia.

P Justin Vogel got off to a good start at Packers camp.

Vikings WR Michael Floyd is trying to keep the focus on football.

CB Desmond Trufant thinks the Falcons can have one of the best defenses in the league.

CB Captain Munnerlyn is happy to be back with the Panthers.

Is the 2017 season a crossroads one for the Saints?

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson went with a Ferrari for his entry to training camp.

The Cardinals are looking for different results from the same names on their offensive line.

Rams TE Gerald Everett doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wants the offense playing fast.

Which Seahawks are next up for contract extensions?