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The Associated Press will move NFL preview packages in two parts, the first for this weekend, Aug. 24-25, and the second for editions of Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and thereafter.
Part 1 (Remaining stories to be sent by Friday)
Sit down, rook, and learn. Uh, not anymore. Not after the likes of the brilliant quarterback class of 2012: Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. Not with running backs such as Alfred Morris, Doug Martin and Trent Richardson. Or defensive gems Luke Kuechly, the top rookie on that side of the ball in `12, Bobby Wagner and Casey Hayward. Why are the kids getting so many chances in the NFL? And who might emulate RG3 and company this season? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT.
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Last season ended with a lights-out game in New Orleans. What to expect this season? How about some VIPs - very important players - missing on the field; zone reads and no-huddle offenses; defensive switches; new coaches; new faces in new place; new rules; and a Super Bowl outdoors at a cold-weather site - East Rutherford, N.J. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner.
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. - No one would have blamed Ozzie Newsome if he did as little tinkering as possible with a team that had just won the Super Bowl. Instead, the crafty general manager of the Baltimore Ravens gutted the roster as if this were a team coming off a 3-13 season. Yes, the retooled Ravens appear poised for a return trip to the playoffs despite losing Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard and Matt Birk. By David Ginsburg. SENT.
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OAKLAND, Calif. - Carson Palmer is throwing passes to Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona, while Darrius Heyward-Bey is catching them from Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. Richard Seymour is home with his family and Rolando McClain is back in school. Oakland spent four first-round picks on that quartet, and they were mostly disappointments. Now the team has nothing to show for it other than a bloated salary cap that has severely hampered general manager Reggie McKenzie's rebuilding process. By Josh Dubow. SENT.
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PHILADELPHIA - Lawyers for NFL and former players suing over concussion-related injuries have about 10 days left to try to negotiate claims that could be worth more than $1 billion, or let a judge in Philadelphia decide if the lawsuits should move forward in federal court or in arbitration. Both sides have remained unusually tight-lipped amid a gag order, perhaps a sign they are negotiating in good faith, after years of acrimony. By Maryclaire Dale.
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The upcoming NFL season is driving tens of millions of people to make fantasy predictions of how America's most popular sport will play out. But whether you're picking based on gut instincts alone, devouring every nugget of advice and news or using complex spreadsheets to strategize for your league, there's one basic truth about fantasy football - it's a grind. It's not about proving you're a self-proclaimed expert. You'll need as many avenues to victory as you can get. And that starts with your draft. By Oskar Garcia. SENT.
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- FBN--NFL Trends. 5 trends to pay attention to in 2013. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT.
- FBN--Pick 6-Challeneged QBs. QBs Stepping Up. 6 QBs who need to step up in 2013. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT.
- SEATTLE - BC-FBN--Seahawks-Wilson. By Tim Booth.
- KANSAS CITY, Mo. - FBN--Surprise Chiefs? By Dave Skretta. SENT.
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