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The Ryans are back together, and it will be entertaining

Buffalo's Rex and Rob Ryan don't talk about it, or act like it, but this is the most important football season in the history of the Ryan family.

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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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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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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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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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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Outside linebacker Thomas Davis summed up the first half for the Panthers. "We have to play better. You look at the mistakes that we made. Those are the mistakes that teams that are not as good as we are, that are not as talented as we are, make."

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

That looked like the Josh Gordon of 2013. Two receptions, 87 yards, one touchdown.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

One player having a tough night: Redskins center Kory Lichtensteiger. He's been called for three holding penalties and has given up pressure on other plays. It's bad timing for Lichtensteiger as the Redskins just traded for center Bryan Stork. If Stork decides to continue playing – there was still doubt if he would – then he could push Lichtensteiger for the starting job "soon" according to one source. Lichtensteiger, who suffered nerve damage in his shoulder last season, had a tough preseason opener as well.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

With 6:02 left in the first half, James Winston has 232 yards passing, two touchdowns, a 146.8 rating and a 27-3 lead.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Wow, Le'Veon Bell is still in the game. Caught two passes on this drive as Steelers approach two-minute warning.

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Winston is wowing! What chemistry with Mike Evans! Impressive. Yes. But Cleveland could be that bad.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees done for the night -- and presumably for the preseason. Finished on high note with 17-yard TD to Willie Snead and went 9-of-12 for 78 yards, 7 points in three drives. Brees had a decent preseason (2 TDs, 1 INT), but his biggest problem was the struggling offensive line play that didn't give him much time in the pocket. Fair to say Brees and his deep group of receivers remain the Saints' best asset by far.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finished the first half 8-for-20 passing for 61 yards. He was intercepted twice. His passer rating was 8.5. Pretty much sums up the half for Carolina, which trails 9-0.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

After a sloppy start, the Redskins' offense has done a better job. It helps that Buffalo isn't using a lot of its starters, but quarterback Kirk Cousins has made better decisions and receivers are getting more yards after the catch. Some of it is play design, as on the 39-yard catch and run by DeSean Jackson in which they clear out a side. Other times it's just a missed tackle. But it's helped the Redskins find the rhythm they wanted.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Garoppolo started, played the first three series (13 snaps), and then gave way to Tom Brady. It was Brady playing the next four drives (16 snaps), before Garoppolo came back for a final non-kneel-down series in the first half (3 snaps). The Patriots scored 9 points with Brady, and zero with Garoppolo, although a missed 30-yard FG early would have put points on the board for Garoppolo.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers DT Letroy Guion, a surprise on the will-not-dress list, does not have a serious knee injury. It's just "a slight tweak," according to a source, who added that the season-opener is not in jeopardy.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Willie Snead with an incredible TD catch that may have topped all the highlight catches from Saints WR Michael Thomas so far this summer (and that's saying a lot). Snead went up for 17-yard catch in end zone in double coverage, had it popped loose, but then caught it on his back when it landed on his chest. A couple big catches for Snead tonight -- and a good reminder he's still a big part of Saints' passing game.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Left elbow injury for RT Marcus Gilbert, who's out for the game. Gilbert threw his helmet after his last play.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

At this point, it would seem that Jameis Winston is making Hue Jackson feel ill.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In a sign that his roster spot might be in jeopardy, veteran DT Terrance Knighton has not played in the first half for the Patriots.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is back in the game. Perhaps Ron Rivera just wanted to give Derek Anderson a series with the first team.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Cam Heyward down on the turf for a bit, now limping off.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

One good thing for Saints tonight -- they're finally winning turnover battle for first time this preseason after a forced fumble by CB Delvin Breaux, recovered by LB Dannell Ellerbe (two of their most promising playmakers this summer). Prevented Pittsburgh from kicking a field goal, but Steelers still lead 14-0 after first quarter.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson is in for NFL MVP Cam Newton with 7:02 left in the first half. Newton was supposed to play into the third quarter. Newton was 6-for-14 for 55 yards and two interceptions. He does not appear injured.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

It's the first quarter, but to this point Jameis Winston has a rating of 131.2 with a TD throw and the Bucs have averaged 4.9 yards per carry. This is called a struggling defense.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A holding call spoiled it -- but nice deep completion from Drew Brees to TE Coby Fleener down the middle of the field. Fleener admitted it's been a "work in progress" to adjust to Saints' offense. But definitely has that big-play upside as pass-catching TE in this offense.