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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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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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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

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Considering San Diego's football title predates NFL involvement, my city has never really won a championship in anything

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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QB shuffling in Buffalo: Bills announced they waived QB Jeff Tuel and also claimed former Jets QB Matt Simms on waivers from NY.

Belichick: 'We're on to next year'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick's "short-term focus" was on display today, says Mike Reiss.

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“It was the worst night I’ve ever had in my life for sure.” – Rams DL William Hayes, after living on the streets with teammate Chris Long

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Falcons LB allegedly kills girlfriend's dog

Prince Shembo was charged with aggravated cruelty for allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog on April 15. The investigation concluded yesterday. Shembo played in all 16 games for Atlanta last season as a rookie. Story

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Tom Brady’s appeal hearing will be held June 23, and possibly continued June 25, a league source told ESPN.

vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

Looks like according to Georgia law, Shembo would face 1 to 5 years in prison if found guilty of felony aggravated cruelty to animals.