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Mariota's fire inspires Titans

Marcus Mariota took a big hit from Justin Houston, then got in Houston's face after the play, drawing rave reviews from his coach: "It was good to see him react the way he did in that game and make some plays there at the end of the first half." Becoming a leader

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RG III not cleared for return

After initially being cleared to play, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) will not play Saturday against the Ravens. John Clayton says: "For RG III, the Redskins, this is a big setback that really adds confusion to what's going on in Washington."


Drew Brees walks home with fans

After Friday's practice at Tulane, the Saints QB stuck around signing autographs until the lights went out. He then walked the 1.5 miles home -- accompanied by some fans.


TE's kids love when he catches TDs

Patriots tight end Scott Chandler caught a touchdown in Friday's preseason game, and his little daughters went crazy. Watch


When should you draft Tom Brady?

ESPN's Matthew Berry says if you draft Patriots QB Tom Brady -- who threw two interceptions Friday vs. the Panthers -- a replacement-level quarterback can help to bridge the gap for Brady's potential suspension.


Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Reid confirmed no change to Chiefs' QB depth chart. Just wanted to give long look to Aaron Murray.

Mariota efficient, but Titans fall to Chiefs

Marcus Mariota completed 7 of his 11 throws for 99 yards and ran for 22 more, but Kansas City QB Alex Smith completed 16-of-18 passes for 171 yards in the Titans' 34-10 loss to the Chiefs.


Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

"The drives we've been able to put together shows our toughness and who we want to be." QB Blake Bortles on the Jags' identity

Brady throws 2 INTs in Patriots' win

Tom Brady completed 7-of-13 passes for 84 yards and a TD but threw 2 INTs in the first half of New England's 17-16 preseason win over the Panthers.


Tate escapes for 62-yard TD catch

Lions WR Golden Tate slipped behind the defense to haul in a 62-yard TD pass from QB Matthew Stafford.


Newton: Panthers need to start faster

Cam Newton says Carolina's offense has to match its defense: "We gotta create that killer instinct early on leading into the next couple of games."


Bortles stars in Jaguars' loss

Has Blake Bortles turned a corner? He was 20-for-27 for 245 yards and a TD, and added another 38 yards on the ground as the Lions went on to beat the Jags. Box score


Chiefs win rain-shortened game

Alex Smith and Aaron Murray combined to go 31-for-38 for 317 yards and 4 TDs, while Titans rookie Marcus Mariota finished 7-for-11 for 99 yards. The game was called with 3:50 left due to severe weather. Box score


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Above an end zone partially underwater, the scoreboard message tells fans "SEVERE WEATHER/SEEK SHELTER." Chiefs 34, Titans 10 with 3:50 remaining in fourth quarter. We're two big lightning strikes in time it took to write this.

Patriots win despite Brady's picks

Tom Brady didn't look great, finishing with just 84 yards passing on 13 attempts with a pair of interceptions, but the Patriots edged the Panthers 17-16 in preseason action. Cam Newton was 17-for-28 for 160 yards and a TD for Carolina. Box score


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Mariota: "It was good. For us it is building momentum and getting into a rhythm. It was good to finish up the way we did in the first half."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Fullback James Develin was carted off in the fourth quarter, as members of the medical staff were working on his right leg as he remained down. In a reflection of the severity of the situation, several players came over to Develin before he was carted off, including Bill Belichick.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Blake Bortles' night is done. 20 for 29, 245 yards, 1 TD, 35 yards rushing. Completing 75 percent of his passes in the preseason for 461 yards.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Autograph from Drew Brees, selfie with Sean Payton to close out Saints' final training camp practice.