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NFL 25 Under 25 Rankings: Khalil Mack is No. 1

Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack leads Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando's annual list of the NFL's top 25 players under the age of 25. Where does second-year stud Odell Beckham Jr. fall on the list?

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J.J. Watt is football's real-life action hero

Defensive linemen normally don't make TV cameos, appear in movies or get their own commercials. Except now, there's Watt -- selected as the best player in the NFL and the league's biggest reality TV star.

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'Concussion' director: No compromises with NFL

A day after its trailer debuted online and months before it hits theaters, the Will Smith football head-trauma film "Concussion" is already sparking controversy.

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Why an undefeated preseason matters for the Chiefs

Kansas City is 3-0 this preseason heading into Thursday night's game at St. Louis. Teams that finish the preseason without a loss generally don't fare much better than those that go winless. But the Chiefs are a different matter.

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Thumbs down for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

A quick observation of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and how he's played in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 14 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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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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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.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III receives the team's military service award -- and a standing ovation by fans and teammates. "In the military the one thing you have is your word and I gave my word to my teammates and the military that I will be there for them," Griffin told the crowd.

Brady: "Such an enjoyable offseason"

Tom Brady joked to a crowd during the team's annual fundraiser. It marks his 1st time publicly speaking since an appearance at Salem State College on May 7 and just the 2nd time since the Wells Report's release,

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden had an interesting perspective on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during Wednesday's MNF conference call. "He is physically different than any man I've seen play quarterback," Gruden said. "He looks like Charles Oakley or a power forward, He is built to last."

Peterson leads NFL's most overrated

Aaron Schatz concedes that, even after taking a year off, Adrian Peterson is a top 10 RB. But is he one of a dozen top players overall, or even the best at his position? "That's really, really unlikely," Schatz writes. Overrated/underrated (Insider)

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Fred Jackson takes aim at Bills GM

Jackson, now with Seattle, told the Buffalo News: "There's only one person in that organization that I haven't gotten honesty from, and that was [Doug Whaley]." The Bills released the RB Monday after 8 years in Buffalo.

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'Concussion' film sparks controversy

Citing studio emails leaked in the hack of Sony Pictures, The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Will Smith film "Concussion" was altered to avoid antagonizing the NFL. The Times quoted one email that discusses a top Sony lawyer taking "most of the bite" out of the film "for legal reasons with the NFL." Director's response

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Still working to confirm the details on NFL Network report that Saints CB Keenan Lewis will miss 4-6 weeks after having hip surgery. A Saints source called the report inaccurate but didn't offer specifics. Losing Lewis for a lengthy stretch would be a severe blow for the Saints. He's a true No. 1 CB and arguably their defensive MVP over the past two years. Saints will count on veteran Brandon Browner getting healthy and CFL transplant Delvin Breaux playing huge role.

Bills 'concerned' McCoy won't be ready

A source tells Josina Anderson the team thinks RB LeSean McCoy may not be fully ready for Week 1. McCoy suffered a hamstring injury in practice Aug. 18. According to the source, McCoy is not at full speed in practice, but is doing rehab work, however there is concern he won't be in great "football shape."

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Jessica Pegula works her way up ranks

The WTA player played her way into the US Open, with her 2nd-round match later today. But another challenge awaits for her -- a ping-pong match against Rex Ryan, who happens to coach the football team her parents own. Making a name for herself

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Bayless: Watt isn't No. 1

J.J. Watt took the top spot in ESPN's #NFLRANK Top 100, but Skip Bayless disagrees: "I was dumbfounded that he could be ranked, rated the top player in the National Football League."

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Cam's little bro following in his shoes

Panthers QB Cam Newton's younger brother, Cailyn Newton, who is a junior QB at Grady High School, impresses on the field against Washington High School.

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Brady case not about footballs anymore

"For the NFL, this case is not about deflated footballs anymore. It is 100% about the authority of commissioner Roger Goodell to impose and arbitrate discipline," said ESPN's Dan Graziano.

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Brady: 'Such an enjoyable offseason'

So, Tom Brady, what was the biggest thing that happened to you this summer? Deflategate hearings? Nah ... more like following Julian Edelman on Instagram.

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Mike Sando NFL Insider 

The Dallas Cowboys' transformation into a mostly disciplined operation with an emphasis on building through the lines and running the ball is something I was late in recognizing. Seeing is believing after a run of disappointing years. They have three OL on our "25 Under 25" list.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers GM Ted Thompson on how he found out he made the Oilers as a rookie in 1975: "When we were coming back from Chicago, it was our sixth preseason game and Ed Briles, our defensive coordinator, came by in the row we were sitting in and asked me, 'Do you have an apartment yet?' And I said, 'No.' And he goes, ‘Well, you need to get one.’"

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers GM Ted Thompson on roster cuts: "This is not my favorite time of the year. ... It's a no-win situation. It's a bad time."

Rex: Bills will be my last coaching job

Rex Ryan on coaching the Bills: "This is definitely going to be it. This is my last stop in coaching, and then when my days are up, I'll turn it over to the younger generation. I'm not going anywhere else." (via USA TODAY Sports)

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Giants kicker Josh Brown has been dealing with a hamstring injury for a couple of weeks. Kicked Saturday, but won’t tomorrow.

Tom Savage, your turn to start

The Texans' 3rd-string QB will start and play much of Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys. Coach Bill O'Brien said: "I want Tom to have a good game. I want him to get into a rhythm ... throw the ball accurately."

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Harbaugh has message for lip readers

Was John Harbaugh dropping F bombs at Jay Gruden on Saturday? Some lip readers think so, but Harbaugh has a message for them: "There's more than one word to the English language that begins with F." Was it 'football?'

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Is RG III the best QB for the Redskins?

ESPN's Bill Polian isn't so sure: "He doesn't fit the West Coast offense in any way, shape or form."

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