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NFL Preview Week: Which teams have the toughest first four games? (Shutdown Corner) ( today ) Courtesy of
The NFL regular season officially kicks off on Thursday when Green Bay travels to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Shutdown Corner will be previewing everything to come all week, capped off by our awards and Super Bowl predictions on Thursday. You can’t earn or lose a playoff spot in the first month, but you don’t want to dig a deep hole you’ll spend the last three months of the season trying to get out of. Ask the Steelers and Giants. Both teams were popular playoff picks last year, but Pittsburgh started 0-4 and the Giants started 0-6. It didn’t matter that Pittsburgh won six of its last eight or New York won seven of its last 10. Neither one made the playoffs because of the slow starts. Remember, all 16 games count the same, so the ones starting this week have the same weight in the standings as the ones in the final weeks. These teams have the toughest (and easiest) first four game stretches to start the season: Yahoo! Mon, Sep 01
 
NFL roundup: Sam a man without a team (The SportsXchange) ( today ) Courtesy of
The St. Louis Rams announced the signing of 10 players to their practice squad on Monday, and defensive end Michael Sam was not among them. The absence of Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, brings him a little bit closer to being a man without a team this season. His chances of being employed by the NFL this year decreased further when the Rams did not sign him to the practice squad. The Rams announced the practice-squad signings linebacker Denicos Allen, wide receiver Emory Blake, safety Christian Bryant, defensive tackle Matt Conrath, safety Matt Daniels, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, tackle Sean Hooey, linebacker Kevin Reddick, wide receiver Justin Veltung and guard Brandon Washington. Yahoo! Mon, Sep 01
 
NFC Summer Surprises: Unwanted rookies, vets make a point (The SportsXchange) ( today ) Courtesy of
After somehow being overlooked in all that micro-analysis that goes into the NFL draft, there are free-agent rookies who go to camp every year and become the surprise of summer alongside lightly regarded veterans still looking that one last chance. Yahoo! Mon, Sep 01
 
NFL Preview Week: 12 second-year players ready to break out (Shutdown Corner) ( today ) Courtesy of
Coaches often say that the biggest growth in an NFL player occurs between the first and second season. Rookie confusion can lead to second-year clarity and unencumberance. In this rush-to-judgment league, it's easy to forget last year's draft class. But here are some of the second-year players who might be ready to remind everyone just how good they still are: Cleveland Browns pass rusher Barkevious Mingo — When you listen to him talk this preseason, the words "comfortable" and "confident" used a lot. That's because Mingo, who was always seen as a work in progress entering the league, now has his body and mind properly shaped to be an impact player. The Browns will have a strong top three edge rushers with Paul Kruger, Jabaal Sheard and Mingo and can rotate them and keep them fresh. Mingo likely will be an open-side rusher (the offense's left side) and will be his best to use quickness and length to distract and disrupt quarterbacks. He had three of his five sacks in his first three NFL games but wore down. Now, in Year 2, Mingo should have the stamina to put up double digits in that category. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Yahoo! Mon, Sep 01
 
Bucs fill out practice squad (The SportsXchange) ( today ) Courtesy of
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed cornerback Derrius Brooks, cornerback Brandon Dixon, linebacker Carlos Fields and safety Kimario McFadden to fill out their practice squad Monday. Yahoo! Mon, Sep 01
 
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Quarterback College External Player News Links
Sean Renfree Duke
 
 
 
 
 
Matt Ryan Boston College
 
 
 
 
 
T.J. Yates North Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
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Patrick DiMarco South Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
Devonta Freeman Florida State
 
 
 
 
 
Steven Jackson Oregon State
 
 
 
 
 
Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon State
 
 
 
 
 
Antone Smith Florida State
 
 
 
 
 
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Drew Davis Oregon
 
 
 
 
 
Harry Douglas Louisville
 
 
 
 
 
Devin Hester Miami (FL)
 
 
 
 
 
Julio Jones Alabama
 
 
 
 
 
Courtney Roby Indiana
 
 
 
 
 
Eric Weems Bethune-Cookman
 
 
 
 
 
Roddy White Alabama-Birmingham
 
 
 
 
 
Tight End College External Player News Links
Bear Pascoe Fresno State
 
 
 
 
 
Levine Toilolo Stanford
 
 
 
 
 
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Matt Bryant Baylor
 
 
 
 
 
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Jonathan Babineaux Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
Kroy Biermann Montana
 
 
 
 
 
Malliciah Goodman Clemson
 
 
 
 
 
Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota
 
 
 
 
 
Tyson Jackson LSU
 
 
 
 
 
Stansly Maponga Texas Christian
 
 
 
 
 
Jonathan Massaquoi Troy State
 
 
 
 
 
Cliff Matthews South Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
Corey Peters Kentucky
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Soliai Utah
 
 
 
 
 
Osi Umenyiora Troy State
 
 
 
 
 
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Joplo Bartu Texas State
 
 
 
 
 
Tim Dobbins Iowa State
 
 
 
 
 
Prince Shembo Notre Dame
 
 
 
 
 
Marquis Spruill Syracuse
 
 
 
 
 
Tyler Starr South Dakota
 
 
 
 
 
Sean Weatherspoon Missouri
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Worrilow Delaware
 
 
 
 
 
Defensive Back College External Player News Links
Robert Alford Southeastern Louisiana
 
 
 
 
 
Javier Arenas Alabama
 
 
 
 
 
Kemal Ishmael Central Florida
 
 
 
 
 
Dwight Lowery San Jose State
 
 
 
 
 
Robert McClain Connecticut
 
 
 
 
 
William Moore Missouri
 
 
 
 
 
Zeke Motta Notre Dame
 
 
 
 
 
Dezmen Southward Wisconsin
 
 
 
 
 
Desmond Trufant Washington
 
 
 
 
 
Josh Wilson Maryland