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Baker Mayfield played on a big stage at Oklahoma, so he's not scared of stepping onto football's biggest one. The Browns rookie quarterback - and perhaps their QB of the future - will make his NFL exhibition debut Thursday night as Cleveland visits the New York Giants in a game that will feature the top two overall picks in this year's draft: Mayfield and Giants running back Saquon Barkley. ''Played this game for a long time, I don't get nervous,'' said Mayfield, currently No. 2 on Cleveland's depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor.

Saquon Barkley got an incredulous look on his face when asked if he was hoping to play in the New York Giants' preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. Hoping was not an option as far as the second overall pick in the NFL draft was concerned. The halfback from Penn State wants to play, even though the Giants cut back his workload last week, leaving many to wonder if he was a little dinged after 10 days of training camp.

Saquon Barkley got an incredulous look on his face when asked if he was hoping to play in the New York Giants' preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. Hoping was not an option as far as the second overall pick in the NFL draft was concerned. The halfback from Penn State wants to play, even though the Giants cut back his workload last week, leaving many to wonder if he was a little dinged after 10 days of training camp.

Apparently, all of those championship rings are worth a lot of added revenue.In Forbes annual rankings of the world's most valuable sports franchises, Boston was well represented, placing three teams in the Top 50.Forbes valued the Patriots at $3.7 billion

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger informed the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday that he will be back for a 14th season. Days after the Steelers lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game in January, Roethlisberger hinted he might have played his last game. Big Ben, as expected, officially put to rest any speculation about his future with an announcement on Twitter.
Tony Romo is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys to replace another former quarterback in Phil Simms as lead analyst for CBS. The network announced Tuesday that Romo will be paired with Jim Nantz on Thursday night and Sunday games next season. The former 10-year starter considered multiple network offers while also deciding whether to keep playing after losing the Dallas job to rookie Dak Prescott last season.
Shutdown Corner is counting down the top 50 prospects in the 2017 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted. Key stat: After collecting only 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks in his first three seasons combined, Charlton broke out in 2016 in a major way with 13 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Michigan DE Taco Charlton had a big game against Ohio State.
Shutdown Corner is counting down the top 50 prospects in the 2017 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted.
Everson Walls doesn't want to talk about The Catch, and not just because he wasn't the one catching the ball. ''It's not fresh anymore,'' Walls said. It angers him every time he hears about ''a suicide or illness you know is related to the game we love,'' Walls said.
You’ll see a lot of comparisons between now and the draft between LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, because they’re considered the top two backs in this year’s draft. Perhaps the better comparison for Cook is Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey.

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