"Sometimes you have to push away the Frosted Flakes and eat the greens."
-Chiefs coach Andy Reid, talking about Dwayne Bowe's fitness
After signing a five-year deal worth $56 million in 2013, Bowe struggled to adapt to Andy Reid's new system, catching only 57 passes for 673 yards last season. Over the offseason, Bowe decided to revamp his diet and lost approximately a dozen pounds, making him feel more explosive, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
With the Chiefs coming off an 11-5 season and a playoff berth, Bowe is hoping to bounce back and regain his previous form. Kansas City is showing faith in Bowe, showcased by its decision to not draft or sign a receiver during the offseason despite many pundits believing that would be the first order of business. Head coach Andy Reid is clearly still confident in Bowe, per the piece.
"I love Dwayne Bowe," Reid said. "His attitude is phenomenal. In this offense, you spread the ball around. Everybody's going to get a piece of the pie. You have to be kind of wired right. But when it's go-to time, he's there for us and we know that."
"It's unacceptable to play like we did."
-Texans coach Bill O'Brien, on his team's performance
The Houston Texans did not get off to a great start in the Bill O'Brien era, dropping their preseason opener 32-0 against the Arizona Cardinals. O'Brien was obviously not pleased, calling the showing "terrible" after the defeat, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com.
Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick did not inspire much confidence, completing only 6 of 14 passes for 55 yards and two interceptions. Houston is coming off a season that started 2-0, only to see the rest of the campaign finish without another victory.
Brett Kollmann of SB Nation's Battle Red Blog summed up the effort:
Make no mistake about it, this was a disastrous game for the Texans. The offense couldn’t move the ball through the air, penalties piled up early and often, and pretty much all that Bill O’Brien’s club had to show for it was a few nice runs from Jonathan Grimes and a tackle for loss from Jadeveon Clowney.
"Someone has misrepresented photos taken ... I'm just not going to comment."
-Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on pictures of him with women
The normally affable Jerry Jones did not want any part of the media's questions when asked about photos that came to light last week involving him and two women in suggestive positions at a restaurant, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com.
The pictures were snapped five years ago but only became public last week when posted on TerezOwens.com. Jones has not been seen with the team since the photos were published, avoiding the media after the Cowboys' game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. He continued to evade reporters on Saturday at the team's practice.
"This is the NFL ... it takes time."
-Former Colts running back Edgerrin James on Trent Richardson's struggles in 2013
Edgerrin James is one of the greatest Indianapolis Colts of all time, and now he's looking to contribute to the franchise even after retiring. The former running back is at training camp in a mentoring role to Trent Richardson, according to Mike Wells of ESPN.com.
"Last year, when [Richardson] got here during the middle of the season, it wasn't fair to him with a lot of stuff that was going on," James said. "So I told [owner] Mr. [Jim] Irsay I would come up here during training camp and kind of talk to him and give him perspective on everything he is going through and help him as much as I can."
Richardson was acquired during Week 3 of last season but only gained 2.9 yards per carry. James knows a little something about success, finishing his career with 12,246 rushing yards. Richardson is expected to carry even more of the load this season after Donald Brown departed via free agency to San Diego.
"We'll see after this week"
-Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on whether Teddy Bridgewater will play as a starter this preseason
The Minnesota Vikings traded back into the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to select Teddy Bridgewater. Coming into the season, Bridgewater was set to compete with Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder for the starting job, and so far Cassel is leading the way, per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Bridgewater played like the rookie he is against the Oakland Raiders in his first preseason action, completing 6 of 13 passes for 49 yards. Cassel was much better, hitting on 5 of 6 passes for 62 yards against the Raiders' defensive starters. Bridgewater will continue to get looks from the coaching staff throughout the preseason considering his projected long-term future with the club.