The day before 26 of the 32 teams kick off the season, here are some quotes and notes:
*** Caught up with running back Kevin Jones and spoke with him briefly about his expectations for the season.
"Right now, I don't have any really," Jones said. "I'm second string running the ball I would say but I don't have any expectations for how it is going to go."
YOU JUST WANT TO BE READY WHEN YOU'RE CALLED ON?
"Right. That's the goal right now. When I get opportunities I need to take advantage of them."
WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS FOR THE SEASON?
"I haven't really set anything. My main goal is to have an impact in the running game. I want to help put us in position to score."
ANY THOUGHTS ON YOUR FORMER TEAM THE LIONS BRINGING IN A VETERAN THIS WEEK IN RUDI JOHNSON?
"I thought they would do that in the offseason. I wasn't surprised they drafted Kevin Smith but I was surprised they didn't draft a running back earlier in the draft but they went with a lineman. I figured they needed one. It's good to have a veteran backup."
ARE YOU GLAD TO NO LONGER BE THERE?
"I'm glad to be here. Let's put it that way. I really don't have anything against those people. You just never want to leave when it's not on your terms, you know what I'm saying?"
YOU HAD SOME INJURIES IN DETROIT, BUT WAS IT ALSO DIFFICULT IN MIKE MARTZ'S OFFENSE AT TIMES WHEN IT SEEMED VERY PASS HEAVY?
"That was a thing I had to deal with when I was there. Of course, I wanted to get more carries when he was there. But I think the second year he really liked his passing game and we passed a lot. The year before that, we were a little more balanced in the passing game. I had 61 catches that year. But I didn't have that many carries. The opportunities were slim but you've got to take advantage of them when you get them. That's what I am going to have to do here. That's my plan. I want to get the ball and show them I am continually showing up on film and making plays."
*** Don't look now, but Washington Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels has been accused of dirty tricks for the second time in five games. Samuels brought down New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka on the final play of the game Thursday night, injuring his left ankle.
"There's no question about it," he continued. "He was definitely beat and instead of recovering or giving up, I don't know how many options you had, but I just don't think there is any place for that in the NFL."
If you recall back, it was Samuels who ended the season of ex-Bears defensive tackle Antonio Garay in their Dec. 6 meeting at Washington last season. Samuels was fined $12,500 by the league for an illegal block that broke Garay's right leg just above the ankle, an injury that required surgery. The Redskins were running a counter to the right with Clinton Portis and Garay had engaged center Casey Rabach as left guard Pete Kendall pulled to the strong side. That's when Samuels dove at Garay's right leg to prevent him from backside pursuit.
*** One league observer suggested defenses have had success against the Colts in recent years using odd fronts in passing situations. It's something Baltimore, Jacksonville, New England and San Diego have done at times, using a 3-4 with two linebackers at the line. The key to the whole thing is disguising who is rushing Peyton Manning.