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11mMatt Bowen

Rise of the monsterback: A new type of beast on defense

In today's NFL, linebacker/safety hybrids are the new kings, the answer to matchup problems across any defensive set.

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Predicting breakout rookies for all 32 teams

In Sterling Shepard, the Giants believe they picked up a wingman for Odell Beckham Jr. Which other rookies could star in 2016? NFL Nation picks the rookie each team will rely on the most.

13mKevin Seifert and John Keim

Gruden vs. Warner: Remembering an Arena Bowl classic

Feast your eyes on this jewel of an ESPN telecast (in SD quality, no less) between Jay Gruden and Kurt Warner, and read what they recall of each other, the AFL and that 1996 title game.

2hPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: Going under the helmet

Friday Flashback: Every now and then an NFL franchise decides to change their helmet design, sometimes with less than positive results.

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Wilson scrambles and finds Lockett for a TD (0:45)
Trufant picks off Tannehill's tipped pass (0:22)
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Non-QB MVPs for all 32 teams

NFL Nation reporters go beyond the QB position to pick out each team's MVP heading into the season, including Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith and Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Foster scores first TD as a Dolphin (0:26)
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23hMike Sando

Debating top players at every NFL position

Should Cam Newton really have finished ahead of Ben Roethlisberger in #NFLRank? Mike Sando weighs in on where he agrees and disagrees with the top players at every position.

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6hKevin Seifert

How the CFL could claim Johnny Manziel

The football league would welcome Johnny Football, but there's a mountain of challenges the former NFL QB would face -- on and off the field -- north of the border, writes Kevin Seifert.

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20hAdam Schefter

Source: Coughlin joins competition committee

Former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin joins Denver Broncos exec John Elway and Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians as the newest members of the NFL's competition committee, per a source.


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Jerry Jones reaction to Ezekiel Elliott follows 3 earlier #Cowboys drug suspensions _ Randy Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence, Rolondo McClain

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran safety William Moore to me a minute ago: "Absolutely I would love to come home" about wanting to re-sign with the Falcons following injury to Keanu Neal. More from Moore to come.

Berry's return great news for Chiefs

Louis Riddick and Ed Werder examine what Eric Berry's return means for the Chiefs and the chances he takes the field for Week 1.


Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

#NFL continues to follow investigation into allegation by former girlfriend that Ezekiel Elliott committed domestic violence against her

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Kalil said he's resting some nagging injuries, but added he's feeling good. The Vikings left tackle, who only practiced once this week, would not discuss whether he'll play Sunday against the Chargers.

Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

#NFL seems content with Jerry Jones rebuke of Ezekiel Elliott visiting marijuana dispensary, but source cites "pattern of behavior'' concern

Beast Mode gives rugby a try

Marshawn Lynch seemed to hold his own against the California Golden Bears men's rugby team.


Jerry Jones upset by Ezekiel Elliott

Video appears to show the Cowboys rookie at a Seattle marijuana dispensary hours before the RB was set to make his preseason debut. It's 'just not good'

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Initial word is Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn's left shoulder injury is nothing serious. He should be back for season opener. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will address injuries at 2:30 p.m

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Vince Williams' new deal, per NFL contract records: $1.5 M signing bonus, $2 M salary in 2017 and 2018 (this year remains the same, $675,000). So, $5 million in new money over three years.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

As Adam Schefter reported, Falcons first round pick Keanu Neal will have a minor knee scope Monday and will be out three to four weeks, which means he'll at least miss the season opener against Tampa Bay. Neal was set to start at strong safety. His backup, Kemal Ishmael, is out right now with a shoulder injury. And Damian Parms is next on the depth chart. The Falcons cut ties with veteran strong safety William Moore, who remains a free agent.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins HC Adam Gase said defensive starters Ndamukong Suh (pictured) and Jelani Jenkins had minor ankle injuries Thursday night against the Falcons and "will be fine" moving forward. A lot of starters likely will sit next week and get ready for the regular-season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

Brady will play, Garoppolo the focus

Louis Riddick and Ed Werder say the plan is to have Tom Brady play some against the Panthers, but the Patriots will mainly focus on getting Jimmy Garoppolo ready for Week 1.


Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie receiver Braxton Miller was back at practice today. Right tackle Derek Newton has not returned from his hamstring injury.