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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."

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."


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.


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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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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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.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, on a MNF conference call, offered his take on Geno Smith's culpability in the recent altercation and the state of the Jets' QB situation: "I don't know the exactness of his role in what happened, but there's a lot of smoke. Wherever there's smoke, there's fire." Gruden believes Ryan Fitzpatrick is "a good bridge to the future," adding "it's too early to give up on (Smith)."

Jennings: Tampa visit went well

Corner back Tim Jennings told ESPN's Josina Anderson that coach Lovie Smith asked him to return to the Bucs facility "just to hang around the guys." Jennings: "It was good to see some of my former (Bears) teammates."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers on Wednesday signed backup quarterback Derek Anderson to a two-year extension. Anderson is now tied up through 2017. Starter Cam Newton is locked up through 2020.

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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 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.


'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.

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."


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.