Whispers from around the NFL

• While Texans DE Mario Williams continues to be scrutinized for a slow start, a source close to the club points out that the entire D-line's play has left something to be desired. The Texans have stopped moving Williams around as much, with an eye on trying not to overload him.

• Ravens veterans are impressed with what they've seen of rookie SS Dawan Landry, a big hitter who's fitting in well. SS Ed Reed believes Landry has Pro Bowl potential down the road.

• We hear the reason why the Jets have been keeping RBs Derrick Blaylock and Leon Washington active as backups behind Kevan Barlow and leaving Cedric Houston inactive is that Blaylock and Washington have special-teams roles and Houston doesn't.