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NFL owners pass new national anthem policy

Under a policy unanimously approved by owners, NFL players and personnel have the option not to take the field for the national anthem, but those who do must stand.

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NFL's new anthem policy unanimously approved

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media about the NFL's new national anthem policy.

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Riddick: 'Owners trying to protect their bottom line'

Louis Riddick says the new anthem policy requiring players to stand or be in the locker room helps owners from alienating fans.

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NFL Headlines

QB Talk

Time for Aaron Rodgers to change after injuries? 'Nope'

No QB has been better throwing TDs outside the pocket since 2008 than Aaron Rodgers, and he doesn't plan on adjusting his game anytime soon.

Health, prayer left Ben Roethlisberger with more 'in the tank'

Forget about his beef/no-beef with Mason Rudolph; Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks renewed and ready for a late-30s resurgence.

Cowboys set to unveil Dak-friendly offense in OTAs

The Cowboys have used some run-pass options in the past two seasons with Dak Prescott at quarterback, but will now do more.

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Best stuff from OTAs: Are those more QBs we see?

Rookie camps are in the books. It's time for full teams to take the practice field for OTAs. Here's the best stuff from around the NFL.

OTAs roll call: Brady, Gronk among stars skipping workouts

Tom Brady, Julio Jones and Aaron Donald are conspicuously absent but Odell Beckham Jr. is attending OTAs.

How 2017 NFL holdouts fared: Donald dominated; Bell took time

There were some high-profile players absent from OTAs and training camp in 2017. How did each get along following his return to the field?

World Fame 100

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2018 World Fame 100: Who reaches the pinnacle across sports?

Tom Brady at 38? Who ranks above TB12 in ESPN's 3rd annual ranking of the biggest names in sports?

Notable risers in World Fame 100

Odell Beckham Jr. and Caroline Wozniacki head the list of fast risers in this year's version of the World Fame 100.

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Patriots

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Contract, workout regimen among factors in Gronk's absence

Rob Gronkowski could be leaving $250,000 on the table by skipping OTAs, but perhaps a sweetened deal could influence him to make the trip.

Belichick 'not going to talk about the people' not at OTAs

Bill Belichick has no explanation for Tom Brady missing OTAs as he is focused on the players who did come.

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Best of NFL Nation

KICKOFF DEBATE

Are the NFL's looming kickoff changes enough to save it?

The league is aiming to make the play safer. But will it work? Here's an inside look at the proposal and whether it's really a long-term solution.

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Guide to the owners meetings agenda: Anthem, replay, more

Is the league expected to reach a resolution on the anthem policy? Here's a breakdown of the four items on the table in Atlanta and their status.

Raiders Trade for Hackenberg

Gruden's QB Camp: Comfort key to Hackenberg's success

Jon Gruden tells Christian Hackenberg that he's not Cam Newton, but his mobility can be a great asset along with his arm strength and accuracy.

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Gruden's QB Camp: Hackenberg displays accuracy

Christian Hackenberg demonstrates his footwork and accuracy, as well as unveiling some special "Penn State" themed audible calls when running drills.

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Gruden's QB Camp: Hackenberg must cut down on sacks

Jon Gruden offers Christian Hackenberg advice on how to avoid sacks in the NFL.

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JOURNEY TO HOLLYWOOD

Josh Norman: From obscurity to NFL to 'Dancing with the Stars'

Eleven years ago, the cornerback was sleeping on his brother's couch in South Carolina. Now he's competing for the "DWTS" trophy on national TV.

Courtesy of Dancing With the Stars/Josh Berry

2018 MVP predictions

Who will be your NFL team's 2018 MVP? 32 way-too-early picks

David Johnson. Carson Wentz. Odell Beckham Jr. Who will have the greatest impact on every team's season? NFL Nation reporters make their picks.

NFL Insiders predict: Who will win 2018 MVP?

Aaron Rodgers had an early campaign for 2017 MVP cut short. Is he a favorite for this year's award? Our Insiders make their picks and dig into more.

Offseason update

QB Confidence Index: How NFL teams feel about their depth

With an MVP candidate and Super Bowl MVP, Philly feels great about its QB depth. The Bills and Jets can't relate. Where does your team rank?

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Insiders dish on this offseason's best signings and draft picks

With the draft and bulk of free agency behind us, NFL coaches and scouts pick their favorite acquisitions teams made this offseason.

NFL's best position groups heading into 2018

Will Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs still be the top WR duo? Pro Football Focus has the league's best units.

2019 NFL Draft

Kiper's way-too-early 2019 Big Board

This class has players destined to take down QBs. But that doesn't mean a couple didn't crack Mel's top 25.

McShay's way-too-early 2019 NFL Mock Draft

Only 357 days until next year's draft begins. This class could look totally different at the top. Todd projects the first round, from 1-32.

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Kiper's 2019 NFL draft position rankings

This class is full of pass-rushers who wreaked havoc on 2018 QBs. Mel Kiper has his top 10 by position.

POWER RANKINGS

Power Rankings: Where your team stands after the draft

The Cardinals have their future QB. The Saints are going for it. The Patriots are still atop the AFC. Here's how our experts stack all 32 teams.

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Who is ranked too low in post-draft power rankings?

Tedy Bruschi, Bill Polian and Dianna Russini give the teams they think deserve to be ranked higher in the power rankings.

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