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Seven National TV Games Highlight Week 3 of NFL Preseason

Week 3 of the NFL preseason features seven games on national TV.

The action starts on Thursday night with a matchup of in-state rivals as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Pittsburgh Steelers (7:30 PM ET, NFLN).

On Friday, the Oakland Raiders will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on CBS (8:00 PM ET). Following the conclusion of that game, NFL Network will televise the Chicago Bears visiting the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

The Buffalo Bills will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon (4:30 PM ET, NFL Network). On Saturday night, the New Orleans Saints will visit the Indianapolis Colts on CBS (8:00 PM ET).

The week concludes with back-to-back nationally-televised games on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers host the San Diego Chargers (4:00 PM ET, FOX) and the Cincinnati Bengals travel to face the Arizona Cardinals (8:00 PM ET, NBC) at University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLIX.

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NFL Practice Squads Expand to 10 Players

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed to expand NFL Practice Squads for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Absent an extension of the agreement, the current rules will be reinstated beginning with the 2016 season.

Under the agreement, 2014 and 2015 Practice Squads will increase from the current maximum of eight players to 10 players.

In addition, the criteria for Practice Squad eligibility has been expanded in two respects.

First, a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Second, each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two Practice Squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.

All other practice squad rules under Article 33 of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement will remain in effect during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

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Officiating Video

The following is an officiating video to assist in your coverage of the NFL.

It can be accessed by clicking on the link below or visiting www.nflmedia.com.

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The video reviews examples of 2014 points of emphasis from Week 1 of the preseason.  It is intended for your use for informational purposes only.  It may not be posted on your website, but if you are interested in tweeting the link to the video from www.nflcommunications.com, feel free to do so.

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Week 2 of NFL Preseason Features Eight National TV Games

Football is back. All 32 teams have played at least one game. Now it’s on to Week 2 of the preseason with Kickoff Weekend rapidly approaching.

“The first preseason game was good to get the rust off and evaluate where we’re at,” says New Orleans Saints cornerback KEENAN LEWIS. “We have four games to get ready for the regular season and I think we played extremely hard in the first one and that puts us in a good spot going forward.”

Eight games will be featured on national TV, starting with the Jacksonville Jaguars visiting the Chicago Bears on Thursday night (8:00 PM ET, ESPN) and concluding with the Washington Redskins hosting the Cleveland Browns in primetime on Monday (8:00 PM ET, ESPN).

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BACK TO FOOTBALL! FULL SLATE OF GAMES WITH ALL 32 TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEK

It’s time to get back to football!

“It definitely feels like game week to us,” says Seattle head coach PETE CARROLL, whose team will face the Denver Broncos this week in a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch. “It’s coming quick, Thursday night. It’s going to be fun.”

All 32 NFL clubs will be in action this week.

The preseason kicked off on Sunday with the NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants. The other 30 NFL teams will make their season debuts this week.

“This is about us getting better and evaluating against other guys,” says MIKE ZIMMER, who will make his debut as Minnesota Vikings head coach on Friday night against the Oakland Raiders. “I want us to go out and play solid fundamental football.”

Four games will be featured on national TV this week, starting with the San Francisco 49ers visiting the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night (August 7, 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network) and concluding with the Detroit Lions hosting the Cleveland Browns on Saturday (August 9, 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network).

DATE GAME TIME (ET) NETWORK
Thursday, August 7 San Francisco at Baltimore 7:30 PM NFLN
Thursday, August 7 Dallas at San Diego 10:30 PM* NFLN
Friday, August 8 New Orleans at St. Louis 8:00 PM NFLN
Saturday, August 9 Cleveland at Detroit 7:30 PM NFLN

*Joined live in progress


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Message from Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll

Today the NFL sent an e-mail to millions of fans on behalf of Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll that contained a letter from the coach as well as a video that shows how the Super Bowl champions teach tackling.

Pete Carroll

To read Coach Carroll’s letter, click here.

To watch how the Seattle Seahawks teach tackling, click here.

Why Do We Love Football?

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“Together We Make Football” Contest Asks Fans to Share Why They Love the Game

National Campaign to Culminate in NFL Films Special and Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip to Super Bowl for Two Winners – One Individual and One Group

The National Football League has launched TOGETHER WE MAKE FOOTBALL, an invitation to anyone who has been touched by the game of football – whether as a player at any level, a fan, a group, a team or a community – to share a story of why they love the game. The campaign will unfold across multiple platforms throughout the NFL season, culminating in a nationally televised NFL Films special that will air on NBC on Super Bowl Sunday.

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“2014 NFL Kickoff Presented By XBOX” To Celebrate Start of The NFL Season and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Championship Thursday, September 4

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The NFL kicks off its 95th season with “2014 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY XBOX” – 7:30 PM ET Thursday, September 4.  Grammy Award-winning singer, song-writer and producer PHARRELL WILLIAMS will perform live outside of CenturyLink Field in Seattle, it was announced Sunday night during NBC’s national broadcast of the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game.

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Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin — NFL National Conference Call — Pro Bowl Alumni Captains Announced

On how playing in past Pro Bowls will compare to being a captain in the upcoming Pro Bowl and what strategy they will use to draft players:

Cris Carter: It’s a great honor to be associated with the National Football League. For them to give us the responsibility with their best players [is great]. Michael and I go back a long way and we have a lot of years that we made the Pro Bowl together. And if he wasn’t playing when I was playing, I would have made more. And vice versa.

We always took it seriously. I think there is some type of strategy to it. Number one is it is a competitive game. You can see that in last year’s game.

And if guys are a little bit older in the tooth and everything, sometimes they might not want to participate in the Pro Bowl like the young guys so I might take that into consideration when I’m drafting guys, because guys who make it their first or second year — they have a lot more excitement. So I’m not going to bring in my total strategy, but that might partake in it — a guy’s age.

Michael Irvin: Yes, and I think he might of just given up too much right there.

The older guys are saying, you know, “Hey, we’re going to chill. We’re going to chill.” My thoughts were, “No, I can’t chill, I have to show people that I’m ready to play.”

But I also remember all of the older guys that say, “Hey, we’re going to chill. We’re going to chill.” That was just rhetoric. They came out playing when it was time, and especially in that fourth quarter. So you want to consider all of those things. But what Cris also points to is we add five or six guys each year that I said, “All right, I’m out to beat him, beat him, and beat him. Make sure I’m in the Pro Bowl.”

We had five guys in the NFC that I’m worried about. Now [the new format] opens it up because it may have been a one time the shot in the NFC. I like this format because it gives you an opportunity now at your division. Like we were with Cris Carter, Jerry Rice, myself, Herman Moore, Andre Rison. It gives you an opportunity now to measure up against the AFC guys and still get in.

Carter: And the hardest strategy is that the draft, there are going to be the wide receivers who we have to pick – because they’re going to take it personally if we don’t draft them.

Irvin: And that’s what’s going to make it fun also.


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Sixty-Six 2014 NFL Regional/Super Regional Combine Participants on NFL Training Camp Rosters

With all 32 NFL teams in training camp, 66 players who attended an NFL Regional Combine and/or the NFL Super Regional Combine in 2014 currently hold roster positions. NFL clubs signed players from all 14 positional 2014 Regional Combines hosted from February through March, including 30 players who were invited to the Super Regional Combine at Ford Field in Detroit from April 12-13.

Twenty nine of the league’s 32 teams (91 percent) have at least one 2014 Regional Combine and/or Super Regional Combine participant on its roster. Eleven of those teams – BUFFALO (four), CAROLINA (three), CLEVELAND (three) DALLAS (six), DETROIT (three), GREEN BAY (three), INDIANAPOLIS (five), MINNESOTA (three), NEW ORLEANS (three), ST. LOUIS (three), and SEATTLE (three) – retain at least three 2014 Regional/Super Regional Combine alums.

There are currently 130 players on NFL rosters with NFL Regional/Super Regional Combine experience – 66 from 2014, 38 from 2013 and 26 from 2012.

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