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Thursday Quickies: Return of the NFL Edition

The NFL regular season kicks off tonight. More football!

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NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight marks the beginning of the NFL season, as the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles take on the Atlanta Falcons on NBC at 7:20 p.m.

If you’re a big time football fan, these next few weeks is likely one of your favorite time periods of the year as football at all different levels can be found on most nights. With high school football dominating Friday nights, college football on Saturdays, and NFL on Sunday and Monday, this is the perfect time of year for those who enjoy watching battles on the gridiron.

Tonight’s game will open the season up with a full slate of games on Sunday and a double-header on Monday night.

Who has early projections on this year’s Super Bowl matchup?

Tweets of the Day

I guess Anthony Davis is starting a trick shot contest?

A neat look back at last Saturday’s win.

Your Quickies

Who are some young players Mark Stoops wants to see play more? - Lexington Herald-Leader

We saw a few young talents step up last week. Who is Stoops looking at to see what they have?

Florida could be without several key players on Saturday - Kentucky Sports Radio

I feel like several players are always listed as questionable going into the game every year but the majority end up playing in some capacity. This will be something to watch.

E.J. Price offers up positivity in Kentucky debut - Courier Journal

Price played well at the left tackle spot on Saturday and should likely see plenty of snaps there if he continues on this trajectory.

Kahlil Whitney, Oscar Tshiebwe trending upward - Cats Illustrated

One Wildcats commit could see a major leap when the new rankings come out, while a popular target is also expected to see a jump.

Matt House, Wildcats defense prepare for Gators - Cats Pause

House talked improvement at Florida’s QB position, changes under Dan Mullen, and more.

Kentucky projected to Independence Bowl - USA Today

The projection matches Kentucky up against Duke on the gridiron, less than two months after the basketball squads open the season against each other.

What Bryan Antoine’s commitment to Villanova means for Kentucky - Kentucky Sports Radio

Kentucky misses on one of their top targets, but the Wildcats have other options, including Antoine’s teammate, Scottie Lewis.

Kevin Knox signs with Puma - Cats Pause

Puma has to be one of the winners of the NBA offseason after signing several top rookies in the 2018 draft class.

Seahawks rookie Shaquem Griffin expected to start Week 1 - ESPN

Griffin’s journey to the NFL has been fascinating and it’s cool to see him get this opportunity this early.

The path to the Super Bowl for every NFL team - ESPN

It would take nothing short of divine intervention to get the Browns there.

Contract dispute expected to keep Le’Veon Bell from playing Week 1 - Bleacher Report

The relationship between Bell and the Steelers continues to deteriorate.

NFL coaches on the hot seat - Yahoo Sports

It’s no surprise to see Hue Jackson and Marvin Lewis on this list.

Ohtani hits two homers, finds out he needs Tommy John Surgery - Yahoo Sports

A really good and really bad day for the Angels star.

History at the US Open: Two Japanese players reach semifinals - USA Today

Interestingly, Osaka and Nishikori are both currently ranked No. 19 in the world on their respective tour rankings.