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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.

2hKevin Seifert and John Keim

Gruden vs. Warner: Remembering an Arena Bowl classic

Feast your eyes on this video between Jay Gruden and Kurt Warner, and read what they recall of each other, the AFL and that 1996 title game. And check out tonight's Arena Bowl XXIX (7 ET, ESPN).

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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.

Romo leaves in first quarter after injuring lower back (0:44)
Wilson scrambles and finds Lockett for a TD (0:45)
Trufant picks off Tannehill's tipped pass (0:22)
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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.


Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Undrafted rookie RB D.J. Foster, who is set to make his preseason debut tonight, makes a catch during a light warmup.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is warming up for tonight s preseason game against the Patriots. How much or if he will play after missing all of last week with back spasms remains to be seen. If he plays it should be minimal.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

One day after the Patriots acquired him In a trade from the Browns, DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo has joined the team in Charlotte.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

The 49ers haven't announced a starting quarterback for tonight, but based on everything Chip Kelly has said recently I would except it to be Colin Kaepernick. It doesn't mean he will win the job, but Kelly has said repeatedly the only way to accurately evaluate is to get Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert reps with the starters. We'll see.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Marshawn Lynch adds "Bout That Action" to his trademark phrases. Already has "Beast Mode" & "I'm Just Here So I Don't Get Fined."

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman practices his one-handed catches before tonight's game vs. Carolina.


Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Barring a last-minute change, the Patriots plan to have Jimmy Garoppolo start tonight vs. Carolina. Tom Brady will also play.

Luck flashes back to high school with new flip phone

After agreeing to a six-year, $140M deal with the Colts, QB Andrew Luck decided to buy himself a new flip phone.


Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Welcome to Bank of America Stadium, where the Patriots visit the Panthers (7:30 p.m. ET). Some hot, humid conditions will be a nice challenge for the Patriots from a conditioning perspective.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though Adrian Peterson will not play when the San Diego Chargers hit the road to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, running back Melvin Gordon is looking forward to playing in front of his mentor Adrian Peterson. Gordon worked out with Peterson this summer in Houston in preparation for his second season in the NFL.


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How will Broncos' offense look without Manning?

Without QB Peyton Manning around, expect Denver's offense to look a little different. Faster game

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DE Kerry Hyder picked up a hefty preseason fine of $18,231 for roughing the passer during last week's game against the Bengals.