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Schatz: Top roster needs for NFC South teams

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders IDs the top roster weaknesses for the four NFC South teams, including the Saints' need at wide receiver.

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Pierce: The significance of Kraft's surrender

The great Patriots soap opera rolls on -- but what on earth is their owner doing surrendering to Roger Goodell? And what does it mean for Tom Brady?

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finding feature team a 'hard knock' life

With Cleveland out, four teams are rumored to still be in the running for HBO's "Hard Knocks." We assess the entertainment value of the Texans, Bills, Giants and Redskins. Are you not entertained?

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Mike Shanahan: System affected RG III

The former Redskins coach believes it's the system, not Griffin's knee injury during his rookie season, that has slowed his development: "Robert has a lot of ability. ... But he hasn't done things that the NFL asks you to do, and it does take some growing pains to go through that." (via 106.7 The Fan)

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Girls tackle football fills up fast

Averages 13 yards a carry. Breaks tackles and ankles. Takes big hits. Of course we're talking about 12-year-old Sam Gordon, who is now a founding member of the Utah Girls Tackle Football league. Yes, tackle football

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Hernandez lawyer: Aaron has no Money

Attorney John Fitzpatrick said Thursday that Aaron Hernandez, convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. is running out of money because of lawyer fees. Fitzpatrick says Hernandez only received 1 year of his now-terminated $40M Patriots contract. Story

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Commish advised to deny NFLPA's request

Roger Goodell's attorneys have recommended that Goodell reject the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. Commissioner could still step aside

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finding feature team a 'hard knock' life

With Cleveland out, four teams are rumored to still be in the running for HBO's "Hard Knocks." We assess the entertainment value of the Texans, Bills, Giants and Redskins. Are you not entertained?

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Texans are 'Hard Knocks' favorites

Houston is a finalist to be on the HBO show, according to ESPN sources and reports. The Bills, who could opt out due to having a new coach, are not interested in appearing on the show, nor are the Redskins (via ESPN's Mike Rodak and John Keim).

Pete Carroll is like... Willy Wonka?

DE Michael Bennett sees the parallel. When asked by 710 ESPN Radio what playing for Carroll is like, he said: "It's like playing for Willy Wonka ... He wants to be young ... He just is one of those guys who's always upbeat, wants to have a good time, and lets you be yourself."

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Zimmer 'thinks' he knows AD's return date

Adrian Peterson missed voluntary workouts, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer hinted at knowing when the RB will be back. "I think I do have an indication," Zimmer told 1500 ESPN this week. "It's up to Adrian, really. He's the guy you should ask. ...We'd like all our players here."

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NFLPA leader talks Deflategate

DeMaurice Smith appeared on Outside the Lines today, with the highlight being Smith saying, "I think [the] Wells report delivered exactly what [the] client wanted." More Deflategate from Smith

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Drew Brees' fantasy value sliding

The ESPN fantasy rankings recently came out and the Saints QB is No. 44 overall and 5th among QBs. Last May, Brees ranked 17th overall. His 20 picks in 2014 likely contributed to the drop. But is 44th too low?

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Louis Riddick @LRiddickESPN

Lots of uncertainty w/#49ers, but 2 names 2 b excited about: 2nd rd SAF Jaquiski Tartt, and vet RB Reggie Bush. Hear both looking very good.

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

Asked his opinion of Wells report, on @OTLonESPN, DeMaurice Smith says "I think the Wells report delivered exactly what the client wanted."

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

DeMaurice Smith, on @OTLonESPN, says union hasn't heard from NFL on request 4 Roger Goodell to remove himself as arbitrator of Brady appeal.

CFL will give Michael Sam fair platform

The NFL isn't happening, at least not now, not until Sam does something to change perception of his game, writes Kevin Seifert. Which is why signing with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, as Sam did Friday, was the best and probably only move he could make. CFL success stories

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'Hard Knocks' contenders whittling down

A high-ranking Redskins official told ESPN's John Keim that the team is not a possibility to appear on "Hard Knocks" and does not want to be on the show. That leaves the most likely potential participants this season as the Texans and Bills. Buffalo can opt out as the team has a new coach in Rex Ryan.

Mike Rodak @mikerodak

Bills source confirms that the team is still not interested in doing Hard Knocks this summer.