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NFL Nation: What we learned about top picks

Several high-profile rookies hit the practice field this week at OTAs. Who impressed? Is anyone behind schedule? Here's what grabbed our reporters' attention.

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Dominik: 24 players any team would want

Which NFL players would be coveted by every team if they hit the open market? Mark Dominik makes his list, which includes J.J. Watt and Odell Beckham Jr.

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NFL Insiders reports on the latest pro football news: 3:00-3:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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Dominik: 24 players any team would want

Which NFL players would be coveted by every team if they hit the open market? Mark Dominik makes his list, which includes J.J. Watt and Odell Beckham Jr.

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Dez at Cowboys' OTA despite unsigned tender

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has not signed his franchise-tag tender but the Pro Bowler did take part in a limited portion of Thursday's organized team activity at Valley Ranch, sources said.

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Jameis Winston impresses early (2:14)

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Homelessness is 'a real situation'

Rams defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes spent a day living on the streets dressed as homeless people. Said Long: "You're just trying to gain a little perspective."

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Brady, Garoppolo split reps at OTAs

Jimmy Garoppolo could be pressed into QB duty at the start of this season while Tom Brady serves a four-game suspension for his part in Deflategate. Coach Bill Belichick's take on the matter? "We're on to next year."

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Judging from Twitter, either Donte Foster and Charles Johnson independently met Brett Favre today, or the Silver Fox is in the Twin Cities.

Belichick: We're onto 2015

Commenting for the first time publicly since the Patriots were penalized for underinflated footballs, coach Bill Belichick told reporters today at OTAs: "That's a long time ago. We're on to next year. It's 2015. You can forget about last year. That was last year."

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Bill Belichick on if Deflategate has taken away any enjoyment from SB win: "That’s a long time ago. We’re on to next year. It’s 2015."

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Asked if team is preparing to play with Jimmy Garoppolo on opening day, Bill Belichick says team is going "day to day."

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Practice ended with players running on hill behind fields. Now we await interviews, as Jimmy Garoppolo among those expected to speak.

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Tom Brady, as always, was vocal at practice -- encouraging teammates, telling them where to align, and showing emotion on good/bad plays.

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

Patriots OTA concludes. Watched QB reps between Brady/Garoppolo. Would describe as close to 50-50, with Brady always leading drill.

Outsiders: Clady injury won't doom Denver

Think Ryan Clady's injury dooms the Broncos? Think again. Peyton Manning, who has the lowest sack rate (3.07%) in NFL history, is essentially offensive line-proof. Stick any five-man combination in front of him and he'll make it work. Rarely under pressure (Insider)

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Golic: Peterson missed chance to lead

Mike Golic understands Adrian Peterson's venting about his dissatisfaction with his contract, but asks what did he do to work with the union beforehand?

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The Chiefs have promoted Chris Ballard to director of football operations. He had been their personnel director

Brady begins a day full of football

Tom Brady is passing at the Patriots' organized team activity today, and is later hosting a charity game at 6 p.m. ET. Teammates Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are also expected to participate.

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'Crazy how one side has so much power'

Adrian Peterson unleashed several tweets Thursday venting about the leverage the Vikings have and argued he should get some protection against the possibility the team eventually will release him with money remaining on his deal. All about the money

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