Sept. 07, 2015
Sept. 07, 2015

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Sept. 7, 2015




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10 Leading Off: Trading Places

Star players imagine themselves in different positions

46 Best. Receiving. Class. Ever.

Odell Beckham Jr. and the rest of last year's electric rookie receivers return for an encore

By Austin Murphy

56 Backs Are Back

Reports of the running back's demise were exaggerated: Now, those who run (and receive) rule

By Andy Benoit

62 Seattle Seahawks

How a tropical trip helped the Super Bowl losers settle their beefs and say Aloha to 'Hawkwardness

By Greg Bishop

70 Scouting Reports

Complete breakdowns of all 32 teams, plus predictions for every regular-season and playoff game

156 The Farce of Tackling

When it comes to the most fundamental stat in football, the NFL is absurdly oblivious

By Michael McKnight


6 SI Digital

20 Inbox

25 Scorecard

38 Faces in The Crowd

40 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly

162 Point After

Steve Rushin: The euphony of NFL names

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: Rod Mar for SI (Wilson); Todd Rosenberg for SI (Forte); Robert Seale for SI (Watt); Coty Tarr for SI (Beckham); Ben Van Hook for SI (David)

PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONPhotograph by Simon Bruty for Sports Illustrated (Knighton), Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports (Background); Photo Illustration by SI PremediaTERRANCE KNIGHTON, Redskins NT ... But what if he were a kicker? "We give kickers a lot of crap in the locker room, but there may not be a position that has more pressure. I think I'd embrace that pressure."