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12hMatt Bowen

Defenders on every NFL team who scare QBs the most

Matt Bowen breaks down the defenders on every team whom opposing offenses must game plan for every week, including Luke Kuechly and J.J. Watt.


Mortensen plans on ESPN return this NFL season

ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen says he is past the treatment phase for his Stage IV throat cancer and is focused on recovery, with plans to return to the network on a limited basis.

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2hESPN NFL Insiders

NFL Insiders Predict: Most overrated and underrated

Who are the best players no one is talking about? Which teams are being overhyped? Our crew of NFL Insiders makes predictions for Josh Norman, Brandin Cooks and more.

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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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1dJohn Clayton

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.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Shaun Hill left the Lions in free agency before 2014 in part to be closer to home. If he had stayed in Detroit, he would have had no chance of starting with Matthew Stafford the incumbent. Since then, he started eight games for St. Louis in 2014 and is slated to start in Minnesota due to Teddy Bridgewater's season-ending injury. Hill started 10 games in Detroit in 2010 when Stafford was injured and actually threw the pass that ended up creating the 'Calvin Johnson rule.'

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Mack Brown is giving the Redskins something else to consider tonight: Do they need to keep four running backs? Brown has run tough throughout camp, the one back who consistently gained yards after contact. He scored on a terrific 60-yard run tonight and has shown good vision. But if they keep four running backs, they can only keep three tight ends or eight offensive linemen. Both options are possibilities.

Isaiah Thomas schools Seahawks

The Seahawks held a free-throw shooting contest at practice today, and WR Tyler Lockett took home the team title, but there was a ringer who showed him up... Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas.


Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

No Washington Redskins players sitting during the National Anthem at Raymond James Stadium tonight.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The National Anthem for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No players sitting. No players for the Redskins were sitting either. It was a topic discussed quite a bit leaguewide this week after 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem to protest the treatment of black citizens in America.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Rob Kelley, an undrafted free agent, continues to prove he belongs. On Washington's opening series vs. Tampa Bay, Kelley received excellent blocking. But he also made decisive cuts and showed excellent vision. There were two times he avoided negative carries for these reasons. He knows how to run the ball.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Tonight will be a good chance for rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld to show more of what he can do. The Redskins do have people in the building who believe he can develop into a starter. He's had an inconsistent summer, but has size and a good arm. It's hard to imagine the Redskins risking him by trying to sneak him onto the practice squad.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a crowd shot just minutes before kickoff at Raymond James Stadium where the Bucs and Redskins are about to play. Very wet and rainy. All fans in ponchos. Looks like they're still gonna go with the pyro.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints placed CB Damian Swann on injured reserve Wednesday with an injury that ESPN's Adam Caplan reported was in the abductor area (but won't require surgery). Swann is not eligible to be designated for return this season since he was placed on IR before Week 1. Swann had a promising rookie year in 2015 that was cut short by concussions, but he struggled to progress this summer, partly due to injuries. The Saints replaced Swann by re-signing DT C.J. Wilson, one day after releasing him. Their signing of DE Paul Kruger is not official yet.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Former Bills RB Karlos Williams, who worked out for Jets, also recently worked out for Steelers, per source. Williams getting back in shape.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harrison responds to the Al-Jazeera ruling in Harrison-sequel fashion.