Archive for June, 2021

AP source: IOC to expand soccer rosters to 22 for Olympics

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Olympic soccer rosters will be expanded from 18 players to 22 for the Tokyo Olympics, a person with knowledge of the change told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Teams can include 22 players on squads, but must stay with 18 on team sheets for individual matches, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the change had not been formally announced by the International Olympic Committee.

Preseason questions for Jaguars: Secondary, running backs and Minshew’s future

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

This week: How the secondary looks to improve with a handful of new faces, how James Robinson and Travis Etienne will be used together and what the future holds for Gardner Minshew. Let’s start with the defensive backfield. Overhauled secondary Last year, the Jaguars’ regular starters in the secondary were C.J. Henderson, Sidney Jones, Josh Jones, and Jarrod Wilson.

Baker Mayfield-to-Odell Beckham Jr. noted as Browns “X factor” for 2021

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

The Cleveland Browns expect to be competing for more than just a winning record in 2021 but is Baker Mayfield’s connection to Odell Beckham Jr. the team’s “x-factor”? The concept of x-factors can mean a variety of things from specific players that could break out, scheduling intricacies and injuries, which are always significant factors for NFL teams. Often, we are able to identify the x-factor after a season.

Josh Jacobs 2022 Holdout?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

At the end of the player's second season, a negotiation period begins between the player and the team. Extensions can be signed for any agreed upon length or terms. If no agreement is reached at the end of the negotiation period, a restricted free agency period begins.

Trade advice, picking a rookie dynasty QB, best teams to stack continued

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Matt Harmon and Scott Pianowski keep your fantasy minds sharp heading into the 4th of July weekend. As Yahoo Sports Fantasy Plus launches the Trade Hub this week, the guys give some free trade advice as well as listing off one of the worst trades they have personally made. Up next, Harmon rounds out his top fantasy football offenses to stack in 2021 best ball with the Seahawks, Jets and Jaguars. How much stock are we putting in rookie QBs Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson? Can Russell Wilson get back in the kitchen or will the Hawks offense burn to a crisp again in 2021? Matt and Scott wrap the pod with a great question. Which rookie QB not named Trevor Lawrence are we most excited about in dynasty leagues?

Houston Texans 2021 player profile: TE Jordan Akins

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Jordan Akins has provided the Houston Texans with a decent run-after-the-option target. In 2021, the tight end may see more targets.

Allen Robinson mum on contract talks with July 15 deadline quickly approaching

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

The Bears have until July 15 to complete a long-term deal with Allen Robinson or the star receiver will play 2021 under the $18 million franchise tag. Robinson reiterated Wednesday he is willing to play the season under the franchise tag, but he offered no update on contract talks. “We’ll see,” Robinson told Rhett Lewis [more]

Barry Sanders says Detroit is a football town

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Former Detroit Lions Running Back Barry Sanders (hey, Uncle Barry) gave a juicy little soundbite to a reporter during a celebrity golf scramble recently. Red Wings fans may have something to say about Sanders’ assertion, but I understand the sentiment. When football is winning, it feels like the whole town is winning.

2 men who ran onto Super Bowl field given year of probation

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Two men who ran onto the field during the final quarter of the Super Bowl in February have pleaded no contest to trespassing and agreed to a year of probation. The two reached the deal Tuesday during a virtual hearing in Tampa, Florida. Under the terms of their probation, the men must perform 100 hours of community service, pay a $500 fine and write letters of apology to the National Football League.

ESPN ranks the Patriots’ roster 18th in the NFL, expresses concerns about receivers

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Analyst Ben Linsey graded players based on Pro Football Focus’s criteria. A score higher than 90 is considered elite and 80-89.9 is “good/high-quality. Grades of 70-79.9 are average, while 69.9 and lower ranks below average.