• NFL rookie QB grades: How Cardinals' Murray, Redskins' Haskins could rise
    Yardbarker: Rumors and Gossip - 1 hour ago
    Former NFL scout Matt Williamson writes about the league from X’s and O’s and talent evaluation perspectives.  This week, he evaluates seven rookie QBs who have played extensively this season. Kyler Murray, Cardinals (Rd. 1, 1st pick) Key stats: 3,060 yards passing, 16 TD passes What I Like: Athleticism He’s…
  • Week 15 NFL mismatches: How Packers, Steelers, Titans may dominate
    Yardbarker: Rumors and Gossip - 1 hour ago
    Yardbarker’s Michael Nania analyzes the biggest positional mismatches each week during the NFL season. GLOSSARY:  DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average): A method of evaluating teams, units or players in a comparative fashion. It takes every play during the NFL season and compares each to a league-average baseline based on situation. EPA…
  • Are slumping Patriots down and out or still formidable?
    Yardbarker: Rumors and Gossip - 2 hours ago
    Yardbarker NFL writers Mike Tunison and Chris Mueller address the hottest issues in the league every week. This week’s topic: Are the Patriots vulnerable?   Mueller: The previously unthinkable is plausible. It may be time to count out  Touchdown Tom and the Patriots, who finally look mortal. Full disclosure: I thought…
  • NFL Week 15 matchups: Your ultimate insiders' guide
    Yardbarker: Rumors and Gossip - 3 hours ago
    Yardbarker’s Sam Robinson and Michael Nania go deep inside NFL games each week, focusing on key numbers and roster issues.  GLOSSARY:  DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average): A method of evaluating teams, units or players in a comparative fashion. It takes every play during the NFL season and compares each to a…
  • Who needs Love? Blazers, Hawks, Wolves are intriguing landing spots
    Yardbarker: Rumors and Gossip - 5 hours ago
    When LeBron James left Cleveland for the Lakers in summer 2018, the Cavs needed to respond with a big move. So they extended five-time All-Star Kevin Love’s contract through the 2022-23 season, a bold move demonstrating Cleveland still had playoff aspirations and wasn’t going to give up.  Then the Cavaliers…
  • Anthony Rendon signs seven-year, $245M deal with Angels
    Yardbarker: Rumors and Gossip - 5 hours ago
    Yet another superstar free agent has come off the board in what has turned into the fastest-moving offseason in recent memory. The Angels reached a seven-year, $245M agreement with free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The deal includes a full no-trade clause, but there are no…
  • Duck's season: 15 things to know about Steelers cult hero QB Devlin Hodges
    Yardbarker: Rumors and Gossip - 5 hours ago
    The Steelers’ run to an 8-5 record and wild-card playoff contention without Ben Roethlisberger may be the most improbable story of the 2019 season. Another improbability is who led them to their past three wins: Devlin “Duck” Hodges, who took over for an ineffective Mason Rudolph in Week 12 against…
  • Grading the deal: Yankees embrace their inner Yankee, sign Gerrit Cole
    Yardbarker: Rumors and Gossip - 5 hours ago
    Well, that escalated quickly. The ink had barely dried on Stephen Strasburg’s record-setting contract with the Nationals when the Yankees went and took the best free agent available off the board and shattered said record. Gerrit Cole is now, pending a physical, going to be in pinstripes for the next nine…
  • 10 NFL coaches who could be fired on Black Monday
    Yardbarker: Rumors and Gossip - 18 hours ago
    The Monday following NFL Week 17 has become known as “Black Monday” because so many NFL head coaches are given a pink slip on that day. These 10 head coaches are the most likely to be given their walking papers immediately following the regular season. Bill Callahan, Washington Redskins Callahan…