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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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Peyton explains the real reason he wears a glove on his throwing hand (1:17)
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NFL 25 Under 25 Rankings: Khalil Mack is No. 1

Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack leads Mel Kiper Jr.'s 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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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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Dolpins to proceed carefully with Parker

ESPN's Dan Graziano: "[The Dolphins] believe DeVante Parker is on track to play in Week 1. The question is, 'In what capacity. How much will he play?'" The Dolphins certainly don't want to put him at risk to re-injure his foot.

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Falcons hope Freeman returns in Week 1

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is dealing with a hamstring injury, which has put his availability for Week 1 in jeopardy. But if and when he returns, he'll play a key role in the running game, says Dan Graziano. "[The Falcons] want to see Freeman as a big part of that offense"

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Peyton Manning on why he wears a glove

Said the Broncos QB: "Due to my neck surgeries and loss of sensation in my fingers, I've had to wear a glove. My grip is not as good as it used to be, so it's just a part of the adjustment."

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New York Giants @nygiants

Odell's jersey is ready for New England!Wheels up to Foxboro for the Patriots! #GiantsPride #NYGvsNE

Only 8 more days until NFL games start

Have you drafted your fantasy team yet? It's not too late to get started. Play for free

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No, Vince Wilfork is not modeling the @houstontexans' new alternate uniforms. [Credit: The Houston Texans]

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers usually comes up with interesting attire for the annual "Welcome Back" luncheon. This year he wore a Blue Angles pilot suit. John Kuhn also dressed in pilot gear. (Photos via Packers.com)

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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Cam Newton's fantasy stock down

As Field Yates explains: "A lot of it has to do with the fact that Kelvin Benjamin, his No. 1 weapon in the passing game, is out for the year with that torn ACL."

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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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Garcon: RG III great 'on any team he goes to'

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon told Sirius XM NFL Radio: "He definitely can be a great player in this league. But Robert [Griffin III] has been a great player himself, already. So he'll definitely be a great player on any team that he goes to and help them out."

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Watch: Peyton Manning on NFL live

The Broncos QB is a guest on NFL Live. Manning completed 14 of 21 passes for 124 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers. Watch on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. has been selected as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 by the Hall's Contributors Committee. DeBartolo was the team's owner for its five Super Bowl championships but was forced to give up the franchise for his involvement in a corruption case of former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards in 2000.

Denver dealing with depleted O-line

Dan Graziano says the Broncos' running game will play a major role in pass protection for Peyton Manning.

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Watt's acting career started with a burrito

One line sparked J.J. Watt's enterance into show business. The DE told Ray Rice in 2012: "I've eaten burritos bigger than you." Future movie star?

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ESPN On Snapchat Discover live

Fueled by a 9,000-calorie diet, this NFL player is the first to record two 20-sack seasons. Find out which defensive force is our Wayback Wednesday in the latest edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints announce RB Mark Ingram as 2014 Offensive MVP, DE Cameron Jordan as Defensive MVP and TE Josh Hill as Special Teams MVP at annual Touchdown Club luncheon.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Someone set up Saints rookies Andrus Peat, Stephone Anthony, Hau'oli Kikaha and Garrett Grayson at Touchdown Club luncheon. They were all standing up behind Sean Payton on podium for a few minutes before Payton told them to sit down, nobody wants to hear from them. Payton joked that he doesn't know if the naïveté of the draft class is good or bad.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson to teammates at the Welcome Home Luncheon during his 2014 offensive player of the year speech: 'I don't know how I deal with y'all but I do it. I don't know how y'all deal with me but we do it." He also thanked coach Jay Gruden and said, "I don't know how I deal with him but I do it."

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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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin is speaking at the Cowboys' kickoff luncheon to introduce Emmitt Smith but he offered up a message to this year's team relating to Super Bowl 50: "You make sure the golden team in the NFL wins the golden Super Bowl," Irvin said.