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Second-year studs for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation reporters pick the second-year players ready to explode onto the scene in 2016, including Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, who should get more chances to rush the passer in Year 2.

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Rison pleads guilty to violating probation

Former Michigan State and NFL receiver Andre Rison has pleaded guilty to violating probation by failing to maintain child support payments and testing positive for marijuana.

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Ranking all 32 NFL teams by blue-chip players

John Clayton expands the #NFLRank top 100 to identify which teams are loaded to compete now and which will be aiming to compete in the future. New England and Seattle lead the way.

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NFL players won't appeal concussion settlement

A group of retired NFL players who opposed the $1 billion concussion settlement between the league and thousands of ex-players will not appeal to the Supreme Court, the New York Post reported.

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Vet respects Kaepernick's decision

Army veteran and former long snapper Nate Boyer says angry knee-jerk responses aren't helping the conversations around Colin Kaepernick sitting for the national anthem.

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Ramon Humber's signing could be bad news for Bills ILB Randell Johnson, who had inside track to win potential No. 4 inside-linebacker job. Humber's signing could also be related to ILB Brandon Spikes leaving Tuesday's practice with a trainer.

QB help coming for the Vikings?

Stephen A. Smith thinks Geno Smith needs a change of scenery.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

In waiving Jordan Gay, the Bills are returning to the NFL norm of carrying one kicker on their roster. Gay had been the Bills' kickoff specialist since 2014, when then-coach Doug Marrone wanted an upgrade over place kicker Dan Carpenter on kickoffs. Rex Ryan kept Gay on the roster last season under the same premise, but now the Bills will likely go back to having Carpenter kick off. NFL's new touchback rule lessens the need for Gay's strong leg.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

ILB Ramon Humber, signed by the Bills today, was released Tuesday by the Patriots. Humber, 29, has extensive special teams experience from six seasons with the Saints and two seasons with the Colts.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills sign LB Ramon Humber and waive K Jordan Gay.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

What the Redskins do for team unity: dress in Tommy Bahama shirts for their Welcome Home Luncheon. They were ordered by quarterback Kirk Cousins in honor of coach Jay Gruden's assistant Paul Kelly, who usually wears this style. Safety DeAngelo Hall said his shirt "will be retired after this." The choices: blue, salmon or yellow.

Steelers promise Brown long-term deal

But Adam Schefter says it will come next offseason after reworking Antonio Brown's contract for now.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers on Wednesday signed safety Stevie Brown, who worked out for the team on Saturday. Brown has played in 55 career regular season games with 20 starts. He had his best season in 2012 with the Giants, starting 11 games and posting 66 tackles and eight interceptions for an NFL-leading 307 return yards. He also had 11 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumbles recoveries that season.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Nevada sportsbooks won $11.1 million in July, an all-time high for the month, according to gaming control. With the lucrative football season on the horizon, the bookies have now beaten the bettors in 36 consecutive months.

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Antonio Brown's reworked contract also will save the Steelers about $500,000 against this year's salary cap, per source.