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How Dallas almost missed on Dak ... over and over

A missed draft pick. A trade that fell through. Another draft pick. Another trade. It did work out, but time after time, Dallas had plans that did NOT involve starting a kid named Dak Prescott.

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Quiz: How ready are you for NFL Week 8?

With one team ending its championship drought in the 2016 World Series, we want to see how much you know about NFL droughts with this week's quiz.


Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Another day, another Raiders practice at the IMG Academy in Bradenton...


Super Bowl LI is 100 days away. Which NFL Insiders Super Bowl forecast will likely be the most accurate?

KC Joyner ESPN Insider 

Tight ends with the least favorable matchups in fantasy football in Week 8 (0-100 scale, with 100 being most favorable): Hunter Henry/Antonio Gates (0), Greg Olsen (0), Jordan Reed (15), Rob Gronkowski (15), Coby Fleener (35)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons DE Dwight Freeney (quad) not immediately on the field to start practice today. Missed the previous two days so seems unlikely to play vs. Packers. RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) was in the weight room and not on the field. He won't play Sunday.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Kendall Fuller signs the shirt of a young fan after practice in London.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman also said he expects to play Sunday but they will know a lot more after their walk-through Saturday.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said he still feels normal and expects to play Sunday after missing the last two games with a concussion.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said their players were tired after a 7.5 hour trip. " I took a knee in practice and almost took a nap," Gruden said.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcell Dareus just did a cartwheel on the practice field, so I'd say he's OK.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Washington RB Matt Jones out vs. Bengals on Sunday.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

No sign of LeSean McCoy at Bills practice Friday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers WR Randall Cobb's hamstring injury is "progressing," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday morning. "Randall's doing well; we've got a plan for him." Same goes for Clay Matthews, who also has a hamstring injury.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman was participating in the individual session that was open to the media. The Redskins need Norman with Bengals having receiver A.J. Green. Norman's physical style is necessary to combat Green.

Mariota connects with Wright for TD

Speedy Titans WR Kendall Wright ran by the Jaguars safeties, and Marcus Mariota floated a pass nicely to him in stride for the score.


Murray gets help from Mariota on TD run

DeMarco Murray's 14-yard TD run in the second quarter was a thing of beauty. He reversed field, then followed a block from QB Marcus Mariota for the score.


Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

A source close to the team says the Jacksonville Jaguars are not firing coach Gus Bradley despite the embarrassing loss to the Tennessee Titans.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

There's no more discussion about whether the Tennessee Titans of 2016 are better than last year.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarco Murray says his foot is OK. (Mike Mularkey said it's a toe.) "It's hard to run the ball in this league," Murray said of the Titans 214-yard game. "It's definitely hard to run for 200 yards."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Delanie Walker will be wearing this fancy, sparky Saint Laurent jacket home. "I just thought it was a nice jacket," he said. "I think it's a panther or something."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Henry was more involved and scored his first TD. His post game crowd was even bigger than usual.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota stopped for a picture between his press conference and the locker room.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

"We built a rhythm, we ran the ball well. Line played really well." --Marcus Mariota.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans are off until Monday morning. Mike Mularkey let players know that was a possibility but was to be determined by what happened versus Jaguars. "They've absolutely earned it," he said.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans QB Marcus Mariota put together another very efficient night throwing the football. Mariota finished 18-of-22 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. But fantasy owners of the QB need to see more designed runs. Think zone-read here and RPOs (run-pass options) that create opportunities for Mariota to produce numbers on the ground. For his value to rise, the rushing numbers (and red zone carries off QB designed runs), need to be in play.