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#NFLRANK: The top 100 players

Who is the best player in the NFL: J.J. Watt or Aaron Rodgers? Our 70-plus voters settled that and plenty of other debates in this year's ranking of the top 100 players.

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5hJeff Legwold

Montee Ball: 'I'll show them what I can do'

Having been relegated to the No. 4 running back role in Saturday's preseason game, Montee Ball hopes to remind the Denver Broncos of his value.

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Rodak: Quarterback choice is classic Rex Ryan

Instead of playing it safe at quarterback, Bills coach Rex Ryan is rolling the dice with the unproven Tyrod Taylor as his starter. It's a move that aligns perfectly with Ryan's bold style.

RG III can't catch a break (1:08)
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Seifert: Rules changes and points of emphasis for 2015

Offsetting penalties for in-game fighting? Not anymore. Expect to see scuffles -- mild or otherwise -- result in ejections this season. That's not the only rules/procedural change in store.

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1dJane McManus

McManus: NFL fine system harsh on defenders

In a game geared toward offense, NFL defenders often feel helpless as they bear the brunt of the league's fine system, writes Jane McManus.

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21hJean-Jacques Taylor

Taylor: Claiborne must make most of his chance

With Orlando Scandrick lost to injury, Morris Claiborne has a shot at starting in the Dallas Cowboys' defensive backfield. First, he must improve his technique, route recognition and playmaking.


Players OK with Goodell as judge

Why would players vote for a CBA where Roger Goodell is judge and jury? Says Jeff Saturday: "They don't even think they'll ever even meet Roger Goodell, so they don't care about that portion of the CBA nearly as much."


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Will Steelers rookie Sammie Coates' role in the passing game increase with Martavis Bryant suspended? Not so fast. When asked about that role, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, "I think you'll see a bigger role for Darrius Heyward-Bey."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Encouraging news for Jets WR/PR Jeremy Kerley (concussion): Upgraded to red (no contact) jersey. Doing some light positional work. Rookie DE Leonard Williams (knee) sitting for the second straight day. TE Jace Amaro (shoulder) still sidelined. Week 1 in jeopardy for Amaro.

Manziel was flagged during draft prep

One NFL team flagged Manziel with tendinitis in his throwing elbow -- commonly known as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow -- during the 2014 NFL draft, a source with direct knowledge of that team's draft evaluations tells ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Story

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It's never too late for fantasy football

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Jeff Saturday: Redskins should cut RG III

The former Colt thinks QB Robert Griffin III needs a fresh start: "If you're RG III, and you're sitting on this football team, all it's going to be is a distraction."


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans complete first round of cuts/roster moves. Cut S Josh Aubrey and TE Tevin Westbrook. Place WR Andrew Turzilli and LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil on injured reserve. Aubrey was good at deep position. I think he can certainly help someone.

Tim Jennings visiting Buccaneers

The former Bears CB is visiting the Buccaneers and his former head coach Lovie Smith today, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. The Bears cut the two-time Pro Bowl player this weekend.

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Hard for Starr to remember the time

Bart Starr's memory is waning after surviving two strokes and a heart attack last September, making it difficult for him to recognize and retain moments from both the past and present. "You know, Bart may grasp it at times, but he’s just not fully conscious of his career or anything,” his wife Cherry said. Lombardi a distant memory

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SalPal: Shocked if no Brady decision today

Sal Paolantonio says Tom Brady and the league are still deadlooked and can't find any common ground.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Longtime Oilers-Titans scout C.O. Brocato passed away at 85. He was a gracious man who amassed an immense amount of Holiday Inn points during his travels. Watching part of practice with him was a real treat. Early in my career he taught me about which Titans were "just a guy."

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Cowboys are about 14 hours removed from practice Monday and in shoulder pads and shorts this morning for practice

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR/KR Jalen Saunders was expendable after rookie return man Marcus Murphy emerged this summer. A bonus that the Saints were able to get something in return from the Patriots -- which I have to assume is a late-round pick. Saunders' 50-yard return on Sunday certainly helped.

What's next for Trent Richardson

Could this be the end of the running back's career? ESPN's Bill Williamson weighs in: “Trent Richardson’s NFL career is in major jeopardy.”


TY Hilton expected to be cleared

Colts WR TY Hilton will finish his concussion testing protocol on Thursday with the expectation that he will be cleared, a source tells ESPN's Britt McHenry. Hilton entered the protocol after complaining of a headache after Saturday's preseason game at St. Louis.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that Saints are trading WR/return specialist Jalen Saunders to the Patriots for a conditional draft pick, via a league source. Patriots got an extended look at Saunders in August's joint practices.

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Saints are trading WR/return specialist Jalen Saunders to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick, per league source.

Berry: 'I'm a big Jeremy Maclin fan'

Maclin joins the Chiefs one year after QB Alex Smith threw zero TDs to Kansas City WRs. But on Mike & Mike, ESPN's Matthew Berry says don't worry about that: "They will force-feed him the ball."


Will Luck be on your side?

How risky is it to take a QB, even one as a good as Andrew Luck, in the first round of a fantasy draft? Test out your draft strategies against our analysts all day long. Mock Draft Monday

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Did Alfred Morris' fantasy value dive?

Mobile quarterbacks allow running backs to be better, says fantasy guru Matthew Berry. So the Kirk Cousins over RG III move will be bad for the Redskins RB.