Maven Sports Network: Thursday briefing

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills.Photo: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a look at five football stories from around the Maven Sports Network in the past day:

By Bucky Gleason, at BuffaloMaven:

Sean McDermott has resisted the urge, so far, to buckle to the masses and name rookie Josh Allen the starter when the Buffalo Bills open the regular season against Baltimore. Gleason writes it would be wise to play Nathan Peterman early while Allen develops behind him.

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By Stan Awtrey, at FalconMaven

Here are five Falcons who have something to prove in the final two preseason games.

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By Christopher Walsh, at AlabamaMaven

No. 1 Alabama's defense, and maybe whole season, might come down to these two new starting inside linebackers.

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By Craig Davis, at DolphinMaven

Versatile first-round defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick is getting invaluable experience in practice going toe-to-toe with veteran Danny Amendola, one of the most accomplished slot receivers in the business.

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By Phillip B. Wilson, ColtMaven

At 45 years old, entering his 23rd NFL season, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is already in midseason form.

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