NFL Insider Charean Williams: My Five Cents

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1. Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo returned to the field last week for the first time since tearing a pectoral muscle Sept. 16. It was the third time in nine months he has injured his left pectoral. Rob Jackson had only 4.5 sacks in Orakpo’s place. (Orakpo averaged 9.5 sacks his first three seasons.) The former University of Texas star is in a contract season, so if he can stay healthy, he will have motivation to play well.

2. The Chicago Bears vow to diversify their offense this season after Brandon Marshall was targeted on a league-high 39.9 percent of his team’s passes. But Marshall, who had arthroscopic hip surgery in January, still thinks he is capable of doing better than last season, when he set franchise records with 118 receptions for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns.

3. Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly said he has not had codeine in almost two years. The Texas A&M product was arrested multiple times the past three years, spent six months in prison and finished court-ordered rehab. The Packers have embraced Jolly, though they have no idea if the 30-year-old can return to being the player he was three years ago when he last played in the NFL.

4. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has lost 12 pounds, down to 243, from last season. He also has a lighter load, as offensive coordinator Mike Shula is simplifying the play-calling, making it easier to understand. Shula has replaced Rob Chudzinski, who now is the head coach in Cleveland, but the offense remains mostly unchanged.

5. Houston Texans rookie tight end Ryan Griffin grew up in Londonderry, a town of 24,129 in New Hampshire. Only one NFL player currently hails from New Hampshire — San Diego Chargers defensive end Kendall Reyes.

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