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NFL Insiders predict: Who will be the best defender in 2021?

Jalen Ramsey has emerged as one of the league's best defensive backs, but can he grow into the league's best defensive player? Our Insiders make their picks.

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The NFL's best under-25 starting lineup: Our picks, runners-up

Which foundational young stars would you want on your team? We polled our NFL insiders to come up with the best players under 25 at every position.

NFL Nation predicts: Playoff teams, MVPs, hot seats in each division

The Eagles are obvious picks in the NFC East, but who else will take division crowns? NFL Nation has full breakdowns of all eight.

Future Power Rankings

NFL Future Power Rankings: How we rank all 32 teams' outlook

Our panel of Insiders go 1-32 on who's in the best and worst shape, not just for the 2018 season, but beyond.

Which NFL team has the brightest future?

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What can NFL's best sophomore class do for an encore?

The Saints made a huge leap in the Future Power Rankings, but what does history tell us about how breakout rookie classes fare the next season?

Deadline Day

What no deal means for Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers

There are several implications of another franchise tag, starting with Le'Veon Bell likely being finished in Pittsburgh after this season.

Cowboys content to play game of tag with DeMarcus Lawrence

After a 14.5-sack effort last season, the DE will get a big raise playing under the franchise tag but won't have long-term security.

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Antonio Brown at 30: Where will he finish among all-time greats?

Anything seems possible with Antonio Brown. As he turns 30, is a run at Jerry Rice's records in the cards?

Best WR? Insiders love Antonio Brown, but it's not unanimous

The Steelers All-Pro has the numbers, but Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones are among the elite alternatives.

The Undefeated

Did Michael Vick seriously consider leaving football to take a swing at MLB?

He hadn't played organized baseball since he was a kid, but the Rockies thought he could have been a contender.

Aaron Maybin: 'Pick up a shovel and help me'

The former NFL linebacker turned art teacher and activist gives back to the kids in Baltimore.

NFL's best young TEs

Six tight ends under age 25 poised to become stars

There's a changing of the guard afoot at the tight end position in the NFL, and these six players could become the next household names.

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Could 49ers' George Kittle break out at TE? It's possible

The second-year tight end out of Iowa arrived with little fanfare, but he's showing plenty of potential in Kyle Shanahan's 49ers offense.

Playcalling

Finding the next Sean McVay: Head coaches who call offensive plays

It's in vogue these days to get a head coach who also can call offensive plays, with 14 of the 32 current head men currently holding both roles.

Class in session: Sean Payton, Drew Brees teach NFL Lingo 101

The Saints' dynamic duo has been speaking the same language for 12 seasons, producing one of the most sophisticated attacks in NFL history.

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How 'All-Go Special Halfback Seam,' other plays came to be

We run through the steps taken to develop three plays that were massively successful, from conception to the final execution on game day.

NFL's Nicknames

Best nickname in every NFL locker room: Origins of 'Beast Mode,' more

Marshawn Lynch is synonymous with his on-field moniker. Who else answers to unique nicknames? Here's one for all 32 teams.

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The legend of SaQuads Barkley and his Giant legs

He didn't like it at first, but Giants rookie Saquon Barkley is taking his new nickname in a very strong stride.

C-Mac, Lil Cap, Clutchery: How Cam Newton creates nicknames

The QB's versatility extends off the field, where he channels pop culture with a mind that "goes 100 miles an hour" to craft catchy monikers.

Prep for Fantasy Football

Which rookie running backs carry the most fantasy value?

Matt Bowen takes a closer look at the rookie class of running backs, breaking down which ones should be drafted in the first and second rounds and which are worth a flier in the later rounds.

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Fantasy football sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2018

Our panel of fantasy football analysts offers expected surprise performers, disappointments and those who will take their game to another level.

Best of NFL Nation

Boos at Texas prepared Garrett Gilbert to be Cam Newton's backup

The journeyman QB, now 26, traveled a difficult path to the NFL that has given him thick skin as he steps into a bigger role with the Panthers.

In Oakland, veteran Bruce Irvin finds smack-talking, kindred spirit in Jon Gruden

They're kindred spirits, and the pass-rusher is enjoying his new chance with Gruden pushing him forward.

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