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Thursday morning one-liners

Micah Hyde, Golden Tate

Green Bay Packers’ Micah Hyde (33) breaks up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks’ Golden Tate (81) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


Bills WR Stevie Johnson remains confident in his ability relative to the Patriots’ secondary

The Dolphins’ rookie CBs are in danger of missing the opener because of injuries.

Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is expected to carry a much larger load in the offense this year.

Jets WR Santonio Holmes practiced yesterday, which could enable him to play this week.

Ravens WR Jacoby Jones hopes to not shrink from the spotlight now that he’s a starter again.

Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth could miss his first game in five years.

Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo still isn’t getting any contact during the part of practice reporters see.

Steelers CB Ike Tayor is determined to not repeat last year’s showing against the Titans.

Texans LB Brian Cushing said “I consider Houston my home,” and he has $21 million guaranteed reasons to think so.

Preparing for an unknown commodity at quarterback complicates things for the Colts.

Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis wasn’t able to finish practice Wednesday.

Titans QB Jake Locker has to be the face of the franchise, for good or for ill.

Broncos WR Wes Welker is still getting comfortable with his new team (he has about 12 hours).

Chiefs QB Alex Smith knows the value of getting off to a good start.

Raiders DT Pat Sims hopes to anchor a defense which is replacing nine starters from last year

Some of the Chargers’ recent arrivals may have to play big roles this week.

Former Cowboys QB Troy Aikman said he could see his old team winning 10 games. Or six.

Curtis Painter is the Giants’ new backup QB (and apparently Jerry Reese forgot what happened the last time he backed up a Manning).

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is obviously “giddy” about his NFL debut.

Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall thinks the effect of the Eagles’ up-tempo offense may be overstated.

The Bears restructured the deal of DE Julius Peppers again to create some cap room.

Lions S Louis Delmas spent $25,000 on medical supplies for his home, in an effort to keep himself on the field.

Packers rookie CB Micah Hyde knows the 49ers will be targeting him.

Vikings RB Toby Gerhart’s patient with the fact no one in Minnesota ever wants to see him get regular work.

Falcons WR Roddy White returned to practice.

Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman said he’s confident in his team’s offensive line (which gets them up to one).

Saints OLBs Martez Wilson and Junior Galette practiced fully Wednesday.

The Buccaneers have only beaten the Jets once all time, and never in New York.

Cardinals OT Nate Potter is getting more work at other positions, as they look for flexibility up front.

Rams QB Sam Bradford appears looser and more comfortable than ever.

A month after breaking his hand, 49ers LB Patrick Willis practiced without a cast yesterday.

Seahawks S Chris Maragos was happy to take a pay cut, because $855,000 is greater than zero.