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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.

6hKevin 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.

14hPaul 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)
Trufant picks off Tannehill's tipped pass (0:22)


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.

Norman motivated by criticism

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


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.

Big Ben hits Brown in stride for 57-yard TD

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown doing what they do best.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

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

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn't sound concerned. "Preseason," he said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said it's not time to panic. He also said: "We're not that good. We will get better."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Bruce Ellington (towel over head) struggling to make it to the 49ers locker room at halftime. The team called the injury a hamstring. It doesn't look good.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't tell Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. Thursday night's loss to New England can be brushed off because it's a preseason game.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

As Bill Belichick heads from the locker room to the team buses, he sees Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long talking with his son, Chris, and stops to join the discussion. They chatted for an extended period of time.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked if QB Garrett Grayson is making the progress he needs to make, Sean Payton quickly said, "He struggled tonight." Said he was disappointed by a couple of his throws, would like to see him further along.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said the two biggest concerns are "our ability to protect and our ability to rush the passer. ... Two things that are concerning. Obviously very concerning."