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NFL's top 25 players under 25

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NFL's top 25 players under 25

We have some fresh faces atop our annual list of the best young players in the NFL, starting with a wide receiver who one evaluator said has done "Jerry Rice-type stuff" in his young career.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen said head coach Adam Gase hasn't flinched during the ups and downs of the season. That's the sign of a good head coach, Christensen said.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DC Teryl Austin said they are still figuring out if one guy will be able to replace Quandre Diggs at the nickel or if they mix-and-match based on packages.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Peppers was held out of practice yesterday just for rest. It's only the second time he's missed practice in his three years with the Packers. The other was last season for the same reason. "He just does not want to come off the field," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's a tremendous example for our younger players and an asset to our program."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

With Sammy Watkins (foot) and Robert Woods (knee) both present for the start of practice Thursday, the Bills are on track to have their top two WRs available Sunday for the first time since Week 2.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen said both Miami and Arizona both have a ton at stake Sunday. So coaches have told players sharpness in execution is important.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins (foot) has returned to practice Thursday for the Bills.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Per the Bucs' dry erase board in the locker room, they'll wear red jerseys, pewter pants and red socks Sunday against the Saints.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Mike McCarthy said Mike Pennel's second suspension of the season for drugs is "disappointing" but it sounds like the Packers are standing by him. "Mike has an issue," McCarthy said. "It's the focus of our football program to help him through this time. That's really my focus and the conversation I had with Mike Pennel."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith said that the key Sunday against the Saints is pursuit of the football and taking good angles. A lot of the Saints' big plays are coming after contact due to missed tackles.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers "practiced well yesterday as far as what we expected," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "He'll do a little more today." He was listed as limited with his hamstring injury.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen said RB Jay Ajayi has come a long way from the summer to produce a "really nice year." Ajayi is 92 yards away from 1,000 rushing yards.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DC Vance Joseph said he's "more into wins" than stats. Miami's defensive stats have gone down the past two weeks.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DC Vance Joseph said they won't make any personnel changes this week. They just need to play better.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DC Vance Joseph said it's hard to believe the Cardinals are under .500 considering how well they are statistically.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DC Vance Joseph said Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is a Hall of Fame player and a big factor in the running and passing game.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DC Vance Joseph said the last couple weeks the defense hasn't played well. The Ravens beat Miami by throwing the football really quick.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens are nearly at full strength. G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) gets his normal day off. Only three others not practicing Wednesday: OL Alex Lewis, TE Crockett Gillmore and RB Lorenzo Taliaferro.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins special teams coach Darren Rizzi said K Andrew Franks makes 50-yard field goals in practice consistently. Rizzi said he made 64-65 yard field goals in practice.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins special team coach Darren Rizzi said they are not going to panic with K Andrew Franks. He's missed four field goals this year.