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In a matchup of former Alabama quarterbacks, the Patriots and Eagles get things started.

Bill Belichick is expected to take his time revealing whether Cam Newton or Mac Jones will be the Patriots’ starting quarterback, according to Damien Woody.
(0:57) The second full week of preseason play begins on Thursday, the first of five consecutive days of NFL action.
With only two games remaining until the regular season begins, expect to see more starters and familiar names on the field this week.
The New England Patriots will travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles on Thursday.
Well, it’s a Super Bowl LII rematch, but the better drama is the reunion of Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, who were formerly teammates in the Alabama quarterback room.
Two more games begin on Friday, including the season’s first ESPN telecast.
The game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Arizona Cardinals is also a collegiate reunion, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes facing off against Kliff Kingsbury, his Texas Tech coach — at least for a series or two.
The majority of the action takes place on Saturday, with ten games scheduled.
The day begins with a matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears in the afternoon, followed by a matchup between the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers in the evening.
In real time, Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson could be seen fanboying Packers great Aaron Rodgers.
The Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys face off in Jerry World, while the Las Vegas Raiders (probably the most popular team in Los Angeles) face off against the Los Angeles Rams (who are vying for the title).
Odell Beckham Jr. is a wide receiver who plays for the New York Giants
On Sunday, the New York Giants take on the Cleveland Browns in one of two games, while Trevor Lawrence makes his Monday Night Football debut (kind of) when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the New Orleans Saints.
NFL preseason Week 2 schedule: Complete schedule | Depth charts | PickCenter Thursday’s game: New England at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s games, 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network, Kansas City at Arizona
8 p.m. ET, ESPN Cincinnati vs. Washington
Saturday’s games: Buffalo at Chicago, 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Falcons at Miami, 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network

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At SEC Media Days, Nick Saban makes a startling disclosure about Alabama’s 2021 prospects.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban addresses the assembled media in the Hyatt Regency at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
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Nick Saban faces a difficult task in trying to repeat as national champs with Alabama.
Six first-round picks were lost by Alabama, including Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, Doak Walker winner Najee Harris, and Davey OBrien winner Mac Jones.
Alabama had ten total draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, and this three comprised half of their first-round picks.
Alabama frequently reloads, and the prospect of a full-fledged rebuild is similar to nails on a chalkboard for fans of the Crimson Tide.
That is, however, a very real issue for Saban and Alabama supporters this autumn.
Saban acknowledged the difficulty of replacing that much offensive production, as well as the coaching staff turnover, at SEC Media Days on Wednesday morning.
“Success comes with a price: you have a lot of good players and coaches.”
When you lose some of those players – we lost six first-round picks, ten players to the draft, and some coaches – it’s difficult to get back on track.
You’ll have to start over with new players with less experience.
Nick Saban acknowledges that Alabama will be a work in progress. This isn’t new territory for Saban and Alabama.
As he puts it, it’s a cost of success.
Your top players will leave early for the NFL Draft, and other programs will want to hire your coaching staff if you are successful.
This has been going on at Alabama for years.
It occurs at elite programs around the country, though not to the extent that it occurs at Alabama.
“Penalty for success: you had a lot of talented players, good coaches,” Nick Saban says.
When you lose some of those players – we lost six first-round picks, ten players to the draft, and some coaches – it’s difficult to rebuild.
You’ll have to rebuild your team with new players that have less experience.
“It’ll be a work in progress,” Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) tweeted on July 21, 2021. But it’s the final statement that has Alabama football fans shivering.
Is Alabama truly a “work in progress”? That phrase implies that Alabama may struggle as new players adjust to their new positions and the coaching staff changes its philosophy to the new players.
So what does Alabama’s struggle imply?
It could indicate that Alabama is still the best team in the SEC West, but not necessarily in the SEC.
It’s possible they’ll make it to the College Football Playoff, but not win it.
A work in progress in Alabama is not the same as a work in progress in Arkansas or Tennessee.
But, if the new players and coaches are unable to gel, it is possible that the ultimate win-loss record would reflect more losses than Saban and Alabama football fans are used to.
But, Alabama will remain in the top three in the preseason AP Top 25 and will most likely be the media’s favorite to win the SEC when the poll is released on Thursday at the conclusion of SEC Media Days.
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