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Friday NFL preview: Pittsburgh's plan to replace Martavis Bryant

NFL Nation previews what to watch for Friday around the NFL, including how the Steelers plan to handle their WR depth chart with Martavis Bryant facing a four-game ban.

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McShay: Top TE prospects for 2016

Which tight ends are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes O.J. Howard and Pharaoh Brown.

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McShay: Top WR prospects for 2016

Which wide receivers are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes Michael Thomas and Laquon Treadwell.

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sleepers, busts and breakouts for 2015

ESPN's panel of fantasy football experts give their sleeper, bust and breakout picks for the 2015 season. Many are in agreement on one particular QB. Can Bradford soar?

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Giants lose another safety

With the loss of Nat Berhe, the Giants have lost 4 safeties in the past two weeks. Is there any good news? Says Dan Graziano: "At this point they are hoping that [Landon] Collins can get it done."

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Head, shoulders, knees and toes

When Troy Polamalu retired from the NFL, shampoo brand Head & Shoulders needed a new spokesman -- and Odell Beckham Jr.'s two-toned dreads was an obvious answer. "I don't think my hair is as good as Troy's," Beckham told ESPN. "But hopefully I can one day live up to his reputation."

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Big weekend ahead for fantasy owners

The third week of the preseason usually means lots of playing time for many top players. So while you're watching the big names on the field, sign up for Fantasy Football and even get into a draft or two. Play for free

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien was asked specifically about Ryan Mallett's day of practice after he missed yesterday's practice with an unexcused absence. O'Brien replied: "I thought Brian Hoyer had a good practice today. I thought he did some really good things in practice today. I think Tom (Savage) did some decent things, and Ryan, when he got in there, was able to do some things."

Rich Cimini @RichCimini

Details on Evan Mathis contract w/ DEN: 1 yr/$3.25M -- $1M signing bonus, $1.5M base, up to $750k in roster bonuses. #Jets were interested.

Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Ken Whisenhunt impressed with how natural Marcus Mariota has been executing from pocket. Will play first half, maybe more vs #Chiefs

Bridgewater is more consistent in year 2

ESPN's Adam Caplan says the Vikings are high on Teddy Bridgewater's because "he's the same guy every day. He doesn't get too high and he doesn't get too low."

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What's in a fantasy team name?

Not only is DeMarco Murray a popular early pick in fantasy drafts, he's also the inspiration for some of the best fantasy football team names Matthew Berry has seen this summer. 10 lists of 10

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie RB David Cobb will not play for Titans tonight against the Chiefs in KC. His calf injury has him week-to-week. Bishop Sankey can tighten grip on first spot in line. Will probably see a lot of David Fluellen late in this one.

Livin' La Vida Gronk

When your 4 older brothers are or have been professional athletes and your dad calls you "probably the best pure athlete to come out of our house," that's a Gronk-sized honor. That's Glenn Gronkowski. The youngest Gronk

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Talented Mr. Roto: Believe in Maclin

Matthew Berry seems to get Jeremy Maclin in many of his fantasy drafts, as it looks like the wide receiver should help pick up the Chiefs offense this season. 10 lists of 10

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The Tim Tebow effect in Philly

Tebow is working as hard as anyone to make the most of what is probably his last chance in the NFL, writes Phil Sheridan. And in Chip Kelly, who calls him "Timmy" as if he's discussing his favorite nephew, he has a coach who may believe in his future as an NFL QB. New, improved Tebow?

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The mental toll of a torn ACL

The emotional and mental aspects of ACL rehab can be fully understood only through experience, so Darrelle Revis knows exactly what Jordy Nelson is going through. "It's a dark place," Revis said, "because the rehab is pretty tough on a day-to-day basis." ACL family

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Manziel, Winston calm in the fishbowl

Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston are both quarterbacks. But they're more than that, according to Mike Evans. "They're rock stars," says the Bucs receiver, who has played with the two Heisman winners. Impressed

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Saints rookie looks back on Katrina

Saints rookie Cyril Lemon was displaced from New Orleans as a child by Hurricane Katrina, which changed his life. He says now: "I look at it as a blessing. I wouldn't be the man I am today."

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Will Hill re-ups with Baltimore

The Ravens signed Will Hill to a two-year contract extension Thursday, showing a level of trust in a safety with several off-the-field problems in his past. Raven's future bright

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Texans' Mallett misses practice

After losing the starting QB job earlier in the week to Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett missed practice Thursday morning for what coach Bill O'Brien said was a "personal issue."

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RG III has to get confidence back

Adam Caplan says playing time is key for QB Robert Griffin III after being cleared to play following a concussion: "He needs to get reps in back of that new offensive line."

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