A few things to kick around as the NFL enters its quiet season: Adam Jones speaking to rookies is a mistake (as is camp reality TV for his team), we note some replacement who need to come up big and Victor Cruz should play for his big payday.
Sure, Super Bowl XLVII will be Ray Lewis' swan song. But Jason La Canfora says Ravens C Matt Birk shouldn't get lost among the juicier storylines. Birk, Walter Payton Man of the Year, finally gets a shot at the Lombardi.
All four teams playing this weekend will be near full strength. Baltimore CB Asa Jackson and New England TE Rob Gronkowski are the only two players who have been ruled out for Sunday. Gronkowski was placed on injured reserve on Thursday.