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Will Reuniting College Teammates Become the NFL’s Next Trend?

Four teams used the 2021 NFL draft to pair their quarterbacks with another dynamic offensive playmaker from the same school. Will that familiarity breed success?

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The NFL’s Season of Uncertainty Begins

Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson will usher in a new season Thursday, one with no guidelines and no precedent

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The Ringer Staff’s 2020 NFL Playoff and Awards Predictions

Is the MVP race a two-man sprint between Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson? Which Super Bowl favorite will actually take home the Lombardi Trophy? Here are our predictions ahead of what’s sure to be a wild season.

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Can NFL Defenses Solve Lamar Jackson?

Regression is coming for the Ravens offense. But that doesn’t mean defenses have an answer for their read-option-based attack.

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Von Miller Injury Impact, Top Young Quarterbacks, and What to Expect From the 2020 Season

Plus, Warren Sharp discusses whether the Denver Broncos can overcome Von Miller’s injury

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NFL Preseason Power Rankings: The Chiefs Look Poised to Repeat. Who’s Their Biggest Competition?

In an offseason with no preseason games and little chance to get to know teams, some squads could shoot up these rankings in the weeks to come. Who could exceed expectations?

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‘Hard Knocks’ Finale: The Rams and Chargers Navigate Cut-Down Day

Being a fan favorite can’t save a player from getting cut. Plus: How Jalen Ramsey is helping rookie wideout Van Jefferson.

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Bill Belichick and Cam Newton Are Having a Great Time Together, Thanks for Asking

After Tom Brady chose Tampa Bay as his post-Patriots destination, Belichick chose Newton as his next starting quarterback. What might be a surprising pairing on the surface makes a lot of sense once you dig a little deeper.

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How COVID-19 Upended Typical NFL Offseason Training Routines

The campaign for a Super Bowl begins in the summer, when players get in shape for the season to come. But this summer wasn’t like any that came before it.

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The Sounds of Silent NFL Stadiums

The COVID-19 pandemic means far fewer fans will be in NFL stadiums this season. How will their absence impact the games, and the television-viewing experience?

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With Ben Roethlisberger Back, the Steelers Are Counting on an Offensive Revival

Pittsburgh has all the pieces in place to be a contender—it just needs a healthy Roethlisberger at quarterback

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The 16 Biggest Story Lines for the 2020 NFL Season

A lot has happened since the Chiefs won the Lombardi Trophy. Let’s get caught up before Thursday’s kickoff.

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The Players No One Is Talking About Before Your Draft

And a last-minute injury report

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Laremy Tunsil Bet Big on Himself and It Paid Off

He’s endured a disastrous draft night, losing seasons, coaching changes, and trade rumors. When the Texans offensive tackle had the opportunity to exert more control over his career, he seized it by negotiating his record-setting contract extension without an agent.

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Welcome to Bucs Day on The Ringer

Breaking down all things Bucs, from Tom Brady’s learning curve with a new team to the great Rob Gronkowski revival to whether a moribund franchise can resurrect itself with an all-time QB at the helm

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The Bucs Are Just One of Many Historically Terrible Teams That Could Make a Playoff Push in 2020

Tampa Bay hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007, but with the addition of Tom Brady, the team looks like a contender. What other woebegone franchises could be playing deep into January?

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Tom Brady and the Art of Reinvention

The NFL’s most successful quarterback went to Tampa in search of a new challenge

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How Does This Buccaneers Defense Compare With Past Patriots Defenses for Tom Brady?

The former Patriots quarterback could usually count on solid performances on the other side of the ball in New England. Luckily for him, this Tampa Bay unit has the makings of something special.

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Introducing ‘What’s the Verdict? With Judge Joe Judge’

The Giants’ new head coach has made headlines all offseason for his strange motivational and disciplinary tactics. Will any of them work? Let’s interrogate each major development—and issue a ruling.

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The Vikings, Kings of Continuity, Add Yannick Ngakoue to Their Arsenal

Adaptation will be key in 2020. Minnesota is as committed to its core as most teams in the NFL. But adding the Jaguars’ star pass rusher was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

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The Ultimate Cheat Codes: How Does ‘Madden 21’ Lamar Jackson Compare to 2004 Michael Vick?

Jackson’s real-life 2019 surpassed Vick’s best seasons. Can we say the same about the console versions?

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Patrick Mahomes Does Unbelievable Things in Real Life. So What Can He Do in ‘Madden’?

‘Madden NFL 21’ is worth buying, if only for the experience of wrecking your competition by playing Mahomes’s Chiefs or Lamar Jackson’s Ravens

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What Tricks Does Kliff Kingsbury Have Up His Sleeve for 2020?

The Cardinals’ high-flying spread offense shifted to a slightly more mainstream approach in 2019. Soon there could be new evolutions for one of the NFL’s most interesting teams.

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How High Can Drew Lock Fly? And Will He Take the Broncos With Him?

The Broncos brought in a bevy of playmaking talent to help their second-year quarterback in a loaded AFC West

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The Quarterback Episode With Mike Sando

Are Deshaun Watson and the Texans underrated?

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‘Hard Knocks’ Episode 3: Keenan Allen and Chris Harris Go Toe-to-Toe

The former rivals and expert trash talkers squared off at practice. Plus: a surprise appearance from Brett Favre.

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How the Ravens Defense Could Look Without Earl Thomas

The 31-year-old safety, who was cut by Baltimore after he punched a teammate, played a key role in the team’s defensive success last season. But the Ravens should have the pieces to make up for his absence.

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The Most Important Things We’ve Seen From Training Camp

Including Giants head coach Joe Judge’s coaching strategy

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So, What’s the Saints’ Plan for Taysom Hill?

New Orleans gave the gadget player a deal worth a guaranteed $16 million this offseason. How does the team plan to get its money’s worth from the do-it-all playmaker?

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The Perception of Aaron Rodgers No Longer Matches the Reality

Rodgers is one of the greatest QBs of all time, but he’s regressed over the past five seasons. With Jordan Love now in Green Bay, what should we expect for Rodgers’s future on the Packers?

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Baker Mayfield’s Endless Quest to Silence His Doubters

The Browns QB was expected to make the leap in 2019. Instead, he regressed. Now that the skeptics who have always driven him are back, will a return to hyperefficient form follow?

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Derek Carr Is Running Out of Time to Earn Respect

The Raiders quarterback has had an up-and-down career. Can he prove he’s a true franchise quarterback in 2020?