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Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green pay big dividends at wide receiver

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has emerged as the league's pre-eminent pass catcher. But after a stellar rookie season, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is poised to make a run at becoming one of the league's elite players. Ian Rapoport checks in Thursday with a column on the two dazzling aerial threats.

Here's what else is on tap Thursday:

» Tune in to "NFL AM" from 6 to 10 a.m. ET on Thursday to hear all the latest from around the league and interviews with New York Jets beat writer Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger, NFL Network and's Michael Lombardi and former NFL quarterback Jim Sorgi.

» NFL Fantasy Draft Week continues Thursday in New York City. Check out some of the breakout fantasy picks from NFL legends, and get your tickets for the event here.

» Daniel Jeremiah pores over every game of the preseason's third week to highlight all the storylines you need to know.

» Who's the most interesting team in the NFL right now? Adam Schein identifies a surprising squad as the league's must-watch franchise.

» Maurice Jones-Drewbelieves "things are going to work out" with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the running back is still holding out. Albert Breer weighs in on the effect of the running back's absence.

» As the end of the preseason nears, several big names find themselves on the bubble to make the roster of their respective teams. Bucky Brooks looks at a handful of marquee players and their odds of making the cut.

» Happy birthday to former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle and recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Cortez Kennedy, who turns 44 on Thursday.

» For ticket packages direct from the NFL, get insider access now.

» Think you have what it takes? Sign up for an NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience league and compete for great prizes, including autographed memorabilia, trips to NFL events and more!

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