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1hMike Reiss

Jimmy Garoppolo struggles, Tom Brady delivers highlight in Patriots' win

Tom Brady came off the bench to provide one of the few bright spots for the Patriots' offense against Carolina, and Jimmy Garoppolo took a step back.

LeGarrette Blount hurdles like he's in Rio (0:25)
Snead makes incredible TD catch in traffic (0:28)
DeSean Jackson jukes his way to a big gain (0:28)
AP Photo/Brad Penner

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.

9hKevin 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.

AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool, File

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.

17hPaul 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.

Romo leaves in first quarter after injuring lower back (0:44)
Wilson scrambles and finds Lockett for a TD (0:45)


Gordon reminds us all he’s really good

In his first game action since 2014, Browns WR Josh Gordon hauled in two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.


Norman motivated by criticism

Josh Norman admitted having extra motivation after another week where his talent was questioned.


Big Ben hits Brown in stride for 57-yard TD

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown doing what they do best.


LeGarrette Blount hurdles like he’s in Rio

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount takes the run and hurdles over Panthers safety Tre Boston en route to a 17-yard gain in the second quarter. Impressive.


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.


Snead makes incredible TD catch in traffic

Drew Brees and Willie Snead with no regard for the Steelers defense.


Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he would consider releasing QB Colin Kaepernick if he doesn't win the starting job, coach Chip Kelly said "we've never had a conversation about cutting Colin Kaepernick."

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

On his quarterback competition, 49ers coach Chip Kelly says that "we will sit down as a staff and see where we are" this week. Kelly said he doesn't want to rush into any decision right after walking off the field. Kelly said Colin Kaepernick was "up and down like all of us on offense." Kelly says there's still no timeline on naming a starter.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers get touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers and Joe Callahan, strong rushing performances from Eddie Lacy, John Crockett and Brandon Burks in their 21-10 preseason win over the 49ers.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

FINAL: Packers 21, 49ers 10. The score doesn't mean anything but the Niners might have gotten some more clarity on their quarterback competition. Blaine Gabbert led a touchdown drive on one of his two opportunities and Colin Kaepernick generated just one first down on three possessions in his preseason debut. With one preseason game and two weeks of practice left, it looks more and more like Gabbert is going to nail down the job though Chip Kelly probably isn't in a hurry to make such a proclamation.

Winston escapes pressure, tosses TD

On third-and-goal, Jameis Wintons withstands the pressure from the Browns' defense, evades the pocket and finds Charles Sims in the end zone for a 3-yard score.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Callahan finishes his night 16-of-24 for 167 yards and one touchdown. His best performance of the preseason.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished tonight's game with eight sacks, the most they've had in a preseason game since 2000. It would have been the third-most in team history in a regular season game.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's night is through after playing all of the second quarter. Kaepernick was 2-of-6 for 14 yards and had four carries for 18 yards. The Niners gained just one first down on the three possessions with Kaepernick at the helm. Rookie Jeff Driskel replaced him to start the third quarter.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Griffin III on the loss to the Bucs: "I don't think it's discouraging. I think we did get better in some areas of what we were doing. We'll go back and watch the tape and fix what we did not do well. But it's not discouraging at all. We know what we can do. We just have to go out on game day and do it. Like I said that'll be our focus and I'll lead that charge. I'll make sure I play better so that we can play better as an offense."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger: Steelers offense at its best in the no-huddle.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hue Jackson said he would not accept what happened in Friday's loss: "We're going to fix this. I promise you. We will."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers coach Mike McCarthy content with the work Aaron Rodgers got in the first half.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Cam Heyward (ankle) said he'll get an MRI but doesn't think injury is serious. Early prognosis on RT Marcus Gilbert is a hyperextended elbow. Mike Tomlin said he doesn't think Gilbert's injury is major.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs played with heavy hearts tonight, as offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile lost his mother. That's why he was excused from the game, to attend her wake. Quarterback Jameis Winston said, "We did this for Kevin."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees said there is a great sense of urgency to improve after a preseason that hasn't been up to their standards. But he also stresses that it's a big difference from spending a whole week game-planning for an opponent as they'll do against Raiders in Week 1.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sporting some fancy yellow pants.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton: "It comes down to we're not playing good team ball."