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|Demarcus Lawrence promises 'big impact'||08-25-2016|
|Demarcus Lawrence DE DAL|
Cowboys suspended DE Demarcus Lawrence promised a "big impact" once he returns.
|Lawrence was suspended four games for violating the substance-abuse policy. With Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely, the Cowboys are extremely thin along the defensive line, but Lawrence still thinks they can be productive. "I just feel like I've just got to do my job and make sure everybody's ready to do their job," he said, "and it'll be a great group." Despite the optimism, Dallas will likely struggle to create pressure all season.|
|Lions SLB Kyle Van Noy locked up starting job||08-25-2016|
|Kyle Van Noy OLB DET|
Lions SLB Kyle Van Noy has all but locked up a starting job.
|"I think he's improved dramatically as a football player," DC Teryl Austin said. "Like anything, until we get to the games, we'll know more. But I'm pleased with his progress and what he's doing, and he's been competing well. I like where he is right now." On track to be a second-round bust through two seasons, Van Noy should finally get an opportunity to play a significant role.|
|Brees reiterates Week 1 deadline for new deal||08-25-2016|
|Drew Brees QB NO|
Walk-year QB Drew Brees again said he will not negotiate a contract extension after the start of the regular season.
Pro Football Talk
|"That's always been my mindset and my approach," Brees said. "I hope that we can get something done between now and then, I'm confident that we can but you know at this point still just very much focused on getting us ready to play for Week 1." If something is going to happen, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio was told it will most likely happen next week. Brees is set to earn $20 million in the final year of his deal.|
|Trevor Siemian thinks QB competition ongoing||08-25-2016|
|Trevor Siemian QB DEN|
Trevor Siemian said he thinks the Broncos' quarterback competition is ongoing.
|"I'm not reading too much into it, to be honest with you," Siemian said of being named the starter for the third preseason game. "I think it's a good opportunity for us to take another step as a team." Gary Kubiak will be giddy to hear his new starting quarterback is a veteran at coachspeak. Unless he faceplants on Saturday, Siemian will open the season as the starter.|