- Memo to Larry Johnson: Before you report to River Falls, Wisconsin, take note that Chiefs running backs averaged 2.3 yards per carry last night. I know numbers like that can be skewed when rookies and future bouncers are manning the offensive line for most of the game, so here's a look at the yardage gained on #1 running back Michael Bennett's 7 carries, all with the Chiefs' top line (minus Damien McIntosh) last night: 6, 1, 2, 1, 1, 0, -3.
- The Miami Dolphins offensive line isn't an impenetrable wall, either. They allowed 4 QB sacks last night, which left the Dolphins' Average Gain on Passing Plays (including sacks) at a measly 2.0 yards.
- When NFL Films was filming "Hard Knocks III" in 2004 at Jacksonville Jaguars camp, one of the stories they latched onto was rookie kicker Josh Scobee and his struggles with accuracy. The Kansas City Chiefs are currently being filmed for the "Hard Knocks" series, and it's worth noting their rookie kicker, Justin Medlock, missed two of his three field goal attempts last night.
- I thought the new HD replays the officials are using was supposed to help officials get the obvious calls right? Apparently, not, because it sure looked to me like John Beck was touched down before the ball crossed the goal line on that game-winning two-point conversion attempt. I bet the NFL's Director of Officiating Mike Pereira sprouted a few more gray hairs on that play last night.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle validated Herm Edwards' twinkle with a solid performance last night; And the Kansas City Star compares last night's performances by the top two Chiefs quarterbacks along with Trent Green. Speaking of Green, he was much better last night than he was in his boo-inducing Dolphins debut.
Thanks to Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips' relaxed ways, there's a lot of happy campers in Big D.
The Minnesota Vikings already know what RB Chester Taylor can do, so he won't see much time in the preseason. Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reminds everyone that 6 months after it happened, even some of the Indianapolis Colts coaches aren't sure how their defense suddenly improved during the playoffs. (And without Cato June, Nick Harper, Jason David and Booger McFarland, I don't think they'll have to worry about answering the same questions next off-season.)
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette says that as the Pittsburgh Steelers broke camp yesterday, the good news is that the Steelers did so without any serious injuries. The bad news: A lot of decisions still need to be made.
Dan Shaugnessy of the Boston Globe calls the NFL's preseason contests "consumer fraud". (As much as I'm naturally inclined to, it's hard to disagree with him on this one.)
The Carolina Panthers are happy with their offensive line depth. Being released by the Buffalo Bills after only six days was a wakeup call for newly signed New York Giants DT Manuel Wright, whose only notable film clip in NFL still involves him crying on the Miami Dolphins practice field after Nick Saban yelled at him.
Chicago Bears TE Greg Olsen is getting rave reviews from the people who have to face him every day in Bears camp.
Jamison Henley of the Baltimore Sun says the biggest loss to the Ravens defense wasn't the departure of Pro Bowl linebacker Adalius Thomas. Nope, it was the 60 pounds lost by defensive coordinator Rex Ryan in the off-season. (Henley makes a compelling argument, but I still think they'll miss Thomas more.)
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt would like the 1st team Cardinals offense to get their first 1st down of the preseason tomorrow night against Houston.
Jethro Franklin. With starter Thomas Jones out with a calf strain, several Jets running backs will get an opportunity tonight against last year's #1-ranked Minnesota Vikings run defense.
Within this article by Dennis Georgatos of the San Jose Mercury News, we learn that while 49ers TE Vernon Davis will no longer jaw at his teammates, he does "reserve the right to put on celebratory post-touchdown shows" in practice. (Glad that's settled.)
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor ended his media silence on Thursday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense went out to dinner together on Wednesday night, and stuck rookies like Gaines Adams with the bill.
Within this notebook by Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, we learn that WRs Roy Williams and Mike Furrey might not play on Saturday, rookie DE Ikaika Alama-Francis is working with the 1st team, and DL coach Joe Cullen is no longer going through fast-food drive thrus while drunk and/or naked.
St. Louis Rams rookie WR Derek Stanley, a 7th round pick out of Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater, has been impressive in camp but faces an uphill battle for a roster spot.
Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl right tackle Willie Anderson had a non-surgical procedure performed on his right heel, and it is unknown whether or not he'll be ready to go on Opening Day.
Due to his friendship with Saints head coach Sean Payton, country star Kenny Chesney gets to fulfill another one of his football fantasies at Paul Brown Stadium.
Many Tennessee Titans have holes in their cleats, and that's the way they like it. (Uh-huh, uh-huh) Mike Wright of the Florida Times-Union reports that the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks are clicking.