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Here's your open thread for today.

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Peyton Manning's next career won't be as a DJ -
Manning used to DJ for the team on flights back to Indianapolis after wins, and not all of his former Colts teammates loved it.

How to enjoy the NFL in spite of the NFL -
The NFL is rotten, so what a miracle it is that there is any good in it at all.

The Patriots are just as curious about Jimmy Garoppolo as the rest of us -
"You never know what the big man upstairs has in store for you," Garoppolo said after New England's final preseason game.

A fullback scored the first rushing touchdown of the NFL season, AGAIN -
We’re living in the golden age of the fullback.

Panthers lineman is one penalty away from being ejected because he jumped a bunch after a TD -
Players will be ejected after two unsportsmanlike penalties in 2016.

Cam Newton breaks NFL record for career rushing touchdowns by a QB -
Cam Newton passed Steve Young in the record books on Thursday.

Broncos LB Brandon Marshall, Colin Kaepernick's college teammate, took a knee during the national anthem -
Marshall was Colin Kaepernick's college teammate.

The Broncos opened the season 1-0 when icing the kicker actually worked -
It may not work often, but it did for Denver.

The NFL opened the season with referees missing a bunch of illegal hits to Cam Newton’s head -
The NFL needs to be much better at penalizing players for targeting, and recognizing potential brain injuries on the field.

Broncos beat the Panthers, 21-20, in the Super Bowl matchup we all wish happened in February -
It was a close, hard-fought game, and the Broncos came out on top.

Bucs Insider: Evaluating the Roster
Team Insider Casey Phillips and Senior Writer & Editor Scott Smith report from One Buc Place.

Scouting Report: Atlanta Falcons
WR Julio Jones led the NFL in targets last year and is sure to be QB Matt Ryan's favorite target again when the Bucs take on the Falcons in the season opener.

Watch: Press Conferences, September 8th
HC Dirk Koetter and DC Mike Smith were among Bucs who spoke to the media on Thursday.

Vincent Jackson Praises Bucs Youth
Notes: The Bucs' receiving corps suddenly looks promising around proven vet Vincent Jackson, with Mike Evans ready to break out, Adam Humphries emerging and Cecil Shorts joining in…And other notes.

Tough Opening Test For Bucs' Hargreaves | Pewter Report
Bucs' rookie Vernon Hargreaves III will start his NFL career against one the NFL's best wide receivers. And he's looking forward to it.

Bucs' Alexander Pays No Attention To Outside Ratings | Pewter Report
Bucs Kwon Alexander took some criticism from independent ranking services following 2015. The Bucs starting MLB said it doesn't bother him.

Bucs Preparing To Bring Noise To Atlanta | Pewter Report
The Tampa Bay Bucs haven't fared well in season openers but will look to stretch their current win streak over the Atlanta Falcons to three games.

Buccaneers' Cecil Shorts excited for reunion with Dirk Koetter - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter believes new receiver Cecil Shorts, signed after being cut by Houston, can help the team right away.

Bucs LB Alexander makes first return to site of emotional game | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The last time the Bucs played in the Georgia Dome, it was the biggest and most emotionally difficult game of LB Kwon Alexander's rookie season.

Fennelly: 'I am not afraid' is mantra of Bucs GM Licht | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bucs general manager Jason Licht sat in the empty dining room at One Buc Place. The hay is mostly in the barn. Licht and Dirk Koetter, the new coach, are making final tweaks to the roster. All that's left after that are real games, beginning Sunday at Atlanta.

Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith ready to turn tables on former team in opener | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith will take the elevator up to the coach's box at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, a perch from which he can get the best look at what formation the Falcons plan to utilize in their attack.

NFL 2016 - Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen Week 1 notebook - Dak Prescott of Dallas Cowboys, Tom Brady of New England Patriots similar
In their first notebook of the season, ESPN's NFL Insiders hit on how rookie quarterback Dak Prescott compares to Tom Brady, another potential gem for the Seahawks and much more.