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Why it's important to Patriots QB Tom Brady that he plays in preseason

Tom Brady, who reportedly will play in Friday's preseason game, said he wants to face a fully live pass rush, something QBs don't do in practices.

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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.

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17mKevin 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.

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Sharper files appeal notice in federal rape case

Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper has filed a federal court notice to appeal his conviction and sentence in a drug and sexual assault case -- a case in which he pleaded guilty.

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8hPaul 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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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.

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1dMike 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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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Willie Snead on the new giant video screens in the Superdome before tonight's preseason date with the Steelers. Should be all hands on deck for the Saints offense tonight. They'd love to finally get a rhythm going with Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks, Snead, Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener out there together.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

I've been told Aaron Rodgers will start tonight at San Francisco but likely won't play more than one quarter.

Hoge: Elliott needs to make changes

Ezekiel Elliott went to a marijuana dispensary in Seattle before the Cowboys' preseason game and Merril Hoge doesn't want this to turn into a career-ending mistake.

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Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Jamar Taylor has a golden opportunity tonight. He will start opposite Joe Haden with Tramon Williams out (toe). Taylor could seize that starting job with a good game vs. the Bucs.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Not playing for the Browns in Tampa: CB Trey Caldwell (hamstring), DL Nick Hayden (knee), DL Nile Lawrence-Stample (shoulder), WR Ricardo Louis (hamstring), RB Raheem Mostert (hamstring), CB Tramon Williams (toe) and RB Glenn Winston (shoulder).

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

WRs Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman and CB Joe Haden all are set to make their preseason debuts tonight in Tampa.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Antonio Brown got a few punt return reps in pregame

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Not saying the shoulder injury that will keep wide receiver Philly Brown out of tonight's game will cost him a spot on the final roster, but he and Damiere Byrd aren't that much different if the Panthers are sold on Byrd. And let's say Kevin Norwood or Stephen Hill turn heads against the Patriots. Just something to monitor.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins still expect center Bryan Stork to report this weekend but there remains uncertainty if he'll play. The Redskins traded for Stork earlier this week with New England.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins didn't play last week vs. the Jets but he is expected to play one half tonight vs. Buffalo. But that could change if he has a strong first quarter. The Redskins goal is to get a rhythm and then leave healthy.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (back) is not in uniform so he will not play. No need to risk him at this point.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins wanted to get good work in vs. the Bills' defense but Buffalo will be resting key starters such as linebackers Preston Brown and Jerry Hughes and defensive lineman Kyle Williams.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs-Browns set to kick off in 90 minutes. Here's the full list of inactives for the Bucs: Louis Murphy, Mike James, Daryl Smith, Devonte Bond, Kevin Pamphile, JR Sweezy, Ali Marpet, Evan Spencer, Luke Stocker and Clinton McDonald

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said he expects the starters to play about the same number of snaps as they did last week against the Saints. "A lot of it depends on how it's going, you know?" O'Brien said. "If it's something where we feel like we want to get Brock (Osweiler) some more snaps, let's just say in the first half, then we'll continue to play him."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Artie Burns has been working on the field but I'm told he's not expected to play tonight barring unforeseen change.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden wants to play his starters at least one half vs. Buffalo tonight. This will be their last work of the preseason as the Redskins don't play their starters in the final preseason game.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Based on large numbers of starters not playing tonight for Bills, looks like Rex Ryan is almost treating this as a fourth preseason game, not third. Bills will plenty of younger and less experienced players in action tonight. EJ Manuel figures to play bulk of game at quarterback with Cardale Jones (shoulder) sidelined.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills announce that QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Sammy Watkins, C Eric Wood and G Richie Incognito will all start tonight vs. Washington but are "expected to make early exits."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Not playing tonight for Bills because of injury: QB Cardale Jones, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, S Aaron Williams, RB Mike Gillislee, LT Cordy Glenn, WR Marquise Goodwin.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills announce RB LeSean McCoy is among several starters not expected to play tonight at Washington. Also healthy but not expected to play: CB Stephon Gilmore, CB Ronald Darby, DE Kyle Williams, TE Charles Clay, OLB Jerry Hughes, ILB Preston Brown.

Bell eager for game action

Steelers tailback Le'Veon Bell is expected to get some touches vs. the Saints, another hurdle to clear in his recovery from knee surgery. Ready to play

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton warming up in white cleats with silver striping that sparkles a bit when the light hits it.