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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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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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Pats avoiding 'Deflategate' at charity event

Tom Brady and other Patriots players are at the Best Buddies Challenge fundraiser on Saturday. WR Julian Edelman: "We worry about what we can control."

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1/2 Re: Brandon Marshall raise: He had other suitors while on trading block. In competitive situation, Jets agreed to sweeten deal. #nyj

Jets raise Marshall's guaranteed salary

The Jets retooled the contract of WR Brandon Marshall, according to ESPN's Field Yates. The maximum value of his amended pack is $26M over the next three seasons, up from $24.3M, including an additional $1.3M in full guarantees.

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Michael Bennett wants new deal

The Seahawks DE wants to stay in Seattle but also wants a new deal, and has been staying away from OTAs as he negotiates for one: "Trying to get the contract right. I'll be there shortly." Bennett is entering the second season of a 4-year, $28.5M deal. (via Seattle Times)

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Smith: ‘The league has run out of excuses’

NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith takes issue with Roger Goodell over his role as arbitrator in the Tom Brady "Deflategate" appeal, as well as perceived double standards in disciplinary measures against players vs. owners. Q&A

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McClure: Falcons OK without Shembo

It wasn't a given that Prince Shembo would have been impactful this season. Let's not forget that despite showing potential last season, Shembo struggled due to injuries and learning a new position. So even with a lack of depth at LB, Brooks Reed and O'Brien Schofield will help fill the gap. Next-man-up scenario

Ryan to be more mobile in new offense

Falcons QB Matt Ryan, in a new offense for the first time in his career, says there "will be a little bit more running" this season: "Going into season eight, I feel better than I have, more athletic and I'm moving better than I really have."

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Prince Shembo charged in death of dog

Hours after Shembo was charged with allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog, the Falcons cut the linebacker, saying: "We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo." Story

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Falcons cut Shembo after arrest

Hours after Prince Shembo was charged with allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog, the Falcons cut the linebacker. Vaughn McClure says the team, which has dealt with animal cruelty cases before, was quick to make a move to avoid further distractions.

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Shembo attorney: Death an accident

Former Falcons LB Prince Shembo's attorney Jerry Froelich told reporters today that Shembo was putting the dog in its cage and he kicked it after it bit his hand. "When you're a small dog it doesn't take much with the size he is,'' Froelich said.

Jameis Winston: 'I'm fortunate'

The No. 1 overall pick on his transition to the NFL: "You've got to carry yourself the right way. ... We represent a community. And a community that's filled with kids that want to be us one day."

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Brady appeal hearing to start June 23

Adam Schefter says that Roger Goodell is expected to be part of the hearing to reduce Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his part in Deflategate.

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