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Cowboys rookie Tyler Smith wouldn't let Blount's disease slow his rise

"It’s like carpentry on your body," Smith said of the surgery he had in high school to fix his condition. "There’s nothing I'm not willing to do."

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Patriots counting on lift at linebacker from 2021 pick Cameron McGrone

The fifth-rounder, who missed his rookie season because of a torn left ACL, adds youth and speed to the defense.

PROJECTIONS AND RANKINGS

Unveiling our projections for next NFL season: Eight things you need to know

The ESPN Football Power Index projections are live. Here's how our model believes the 2022 season will play out, from Super Bowl champ predictions to close division races.

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Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus which players benefited most from the draft

The Saints didn't pick Jameis Winston's successor and the Cowboys' rookies will free up Micah Parsons.

'YOU DROP A BALL, YOU RUN A MILE'

Ball-security drills start early in OBJ's house

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BREES BACK TO NEW ORLEANS?

If Drew Brees is serious about playing again, what happens next?

Can Brees unretire? Do the Saints hold his rights? Here’s a quick glance at what a comeback might entail for the 43-year-old.

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Stephen A. urges Saints to reunite with Drew Brees

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SCHEDULE ROLLOUTS

The Seahawks pranked their players with a ridiculously unfair fake schedule

Four straight road games? No bye week after a trip to Germany? Playing on both Thanksgiving and Christmas?

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Giants, Chiefs and more get creative with schedule release

A handful of teams had fun with the news, posting graphics, jokes and more on social media.

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