'Mr. Irrelevant' on NFL Network; the latest on Aaron Hernandez

We're getting down to the nitty-gritty of "The Top 100 Players of 2013." Tune in to NFL Network tonight at 8 p.m. ET as players No. 20-11 are revealed, followed at 9 p.m. ET by the one-hour reaction show.

Here's what else is on tap for Thursday:

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» Get a head start on the day's football talk with "NFL AM" at 6 a.m. ET on NFL Network. Today, former St. Louis Rams receiver Torry Holt and the New York Giants' Ramses Barden report from NFL Films' Broadcast Boot Camp. Plus all the latest NFL news, including the Massachusetts homicide investigation involving New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Later, catch Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark and Indianapolis Colts tight end (and 2013's "Mr. Irrelevant") Justice Cunningham on "NFL Total Access" at 7 p.m. ET.

» Adam Schein says the most important move of the NFL offseason -- Steven Jackson to the Atlanta Falcons -- will pay dividends in January.

» Legendary former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt identifies the NFL's best decision-makers in The Brandt Report.

» Bucky Brooks wonders whether Rex Ryan can get the New York Jets defense back to its aggressive 2009-10 ways.

» Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker joins Dan Hanzus for an all-new edition of the ATL Debate Club podcast.

» NFL Network and NFL.com's Around The League have launched their "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Up today: The New York Jets.

» As we await the start of football season, we've compiled an all-time list of the most underrated and overrated players for every team. Up Next: The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings.

» NFL Evolution reports on former Cleveland Browns guard Joe DeLamielleure's plans to walk from Buffalo to Canton for charity.

» Happy birthday to New Orleans Saints running back/return man Darren Sproles, who turns 30 on Thursday, and to Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn, who turns 28.

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