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NFL Insiders Predict: Most overrated and underrated

Who are the best players no one is talking about? Which teams are being overhyped? Our crew of NFL Insiders makes predictions for Josh Norman, Brandin Cooks and more.


Mortensen plans on ESPN return this NFL season

ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen says he is past the treatment phase for his Stage IV throat cancer and is focused on recovery, with plans to return to the network on a limited basis.

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Second-year studs for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation reporters pick the second-year players ready to explode onto the scene in 2016, including Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, who should get more chances to rush the passer in Year 2.

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Ranking all 32 NFL teams by blue-chip players

John Clayton expands the #NFLRank top 100 to identify which teams are loaded to compete now and which will be aiming to compete in the future. New England and Seattle lead the way.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Three injured Jets waived yesterday -- S Dion Bailey, DE Jake Ceresna and RB Romar Morris -- cleared waivers and go on Jets' IR.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Insiders Joe Banner and Adam Caplan join Jade McCarthy to discuss Teddy Bridgewater's injury, Antonio Brown's restructured deal, and more: http://es.pn/2bDrZCQ

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have claimed center Patrick Lewis off waivers from the Seahawks and have waived undrafted rookie guard Jamison Lalk. The addition of Lewis gives the Bills a backup to starting center Eric Wood, and it also puts the future of top interior offensive line backups Fernando Velasco and Ryan Groy in doubt.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints announced their 2015 MVPs at their annual Touchdown Club preseason luncheon: C Max Unger on offense, CB Delvin Breaux on defense, LB Michael Mauti on special teams.

Eric Lundsten ESPN Producer 

Vikings officially place Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve. They have re-signed quarterback Brad Sorensen, who was cut this week.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings announced they've placed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve, after Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL and dislocated left knee during the team's practice on Tuesday. The Vikings brought back Brad Sorensen, whom they'd signed earlier this month while Bridgewater was dealing with a sore shoulder. The team had released Sorensen on Monday, but will likely use him in its final preseason game on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams, with Shaun Hill expected not to play.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers make it official: Zach Mettenberger claimed, Bruce Gradkowski to Reserve Injured.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Bruce Gradkowski (hamstring) to reserve injured, per source. Paves way for Zach Mettenberger.

Sharon Katz ESPN Analytics 

How much does Bridgewater's injury impact the Vikings' playoff chances? After accounting for his absence, ESPN's FPI dropped Minnesota's playoff chances from 63 percent to 38 percent. Not surprisingly, Green Bay's chances rose by 10 percentage points to 65 percent.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive lineman Chris Baker recounted his journey when accepting his award as the Redskins' 2015 defensive player of the year at their Welcome Home Luncheon today. He went from being a street free agent to practice squad to their best defensive lineman in five years. He pointed to his religious belief in maintaining faith and also noted the leadership he followed from former teammates London Fletcher, Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen, among others. "I always had high hopes for myself," Baker said. "Last year I was on the coaches every week to get me in the starting lineup. I told them I need a chance to do what I can do and they gave me a chance and I never looked back."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Kirk Cousins was honored as the Redskins 2015 offensive player of the year at the annual Welcome Home Luncheon. Teammates have always liked his humility and he displayed it once again. "On every pass, someone had to protect me and someone had to catch the ball," he said. "I need them more than they need me. They know it and I know it. Because of all the talent we have on offense, I'm able to stand up here and accept this award."