An abbreviated look at what’s going on around the NFL on Wednesday, Aug. 24:
• Dallas is counting on a bevy of young receivers to step up behind starters Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has had some mixed reviews for his less-experienced pass catchers.
• New England placed an emphasis on improving its offensive line play after Tom Brady was banged around toward the end of last season. The Pats will get to see how far they've come in a Saturday preseason matchup with the Lions' fierce defensive front.
• Pete Carroll has praised quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in recent days, but maintains that there's no controversy at that position -- Tarvaris Jackson will be Seattle's starter. • Relatively unknown tight end Konrad Reuland played for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, and now he's closing in on a roster spot for Harbaugh's 49ers.