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NFL regular season provides plenty of reasons for excitement

Only one week remains before the NFL kicks off its regular season with the Dallas Cowboys visiting the New York Giants. Ian Rapoport will count the 47 things to look forward to this season before Super Bowl XLVII.

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Here's what else is on tap Wednesday:

» Tune in to "NFL AM" (from 6 to 10 a.m. ET) for interviews with former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson and St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead.

» There's a youth movement taking place among NFL quarterbacks. Jeff Darlington looks around the league to explain the trend of fresh-faced signal-callers.

» Every season features a breakthrough performer. Our analysts debate which player will emerge as the NFL's new surprise star.

» There's not much time left to get a fantasy team up and running before the start of the season. Hit Fantasy Football 101 to get up to speed and sign up for an fantasy team here.

» Chris Cooley is a free agent after being released by the Redskins. Gregg Rosenthal identifies six teams that could use the tight end.

» The 2006 NFL Draft class was thought to be loaded with future All-Pro players. But six years later, many of the top draft picks are light years away from the elite status they were projected to reach.

» On "Double Coverage," Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel talk with San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips about former teammate Shawne Merriman and the late Junior Seau.

» Happy birthday to former Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis, who turns 33 on Wednesday.

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