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Nik Needham is the Best NFL Draft Prospect You Don’t Know

Cornerback is the most peculiar position on the football field. It’s an isolated position and one of the only positions where a great player can be neutralized simply by being ignored. Those Saturdays and Sundays of being ignored on the field usually comes with the reward of respect and notoriety in the form of accolades […]

A closer look at what makes J.T. Realmuto the best catcher in baseball

J.T. Realmuto has been a Phillie for one day and you’ve probably already heard a few dozen times that he’s the best catcher in baseball. In a column in support of the trade Thursday, I referred to Realmuto as the only catcher in baseball you could argue possesses all five tools. Click here to read the rest […]

What Would Happen if Baseball Outlawed the Shift?

Supporters of the shift believe it’s a solid baseball strategy. By overloading defenders to the side of the field where a hitter routinely drives the ball, teams should get outs more easily. When to deploy the shift is a game of numbers. It depends on the likelihood of the batter to hit the ball one […]

NFL Draft: Target Yards Added for 2019 wide receiver class

Evaluating draft-eligible wide receivers can be a tricky task, especially when looking at the numbers. College offenses are all over the place in terms of how often they throw, which can lead to a wild variance in production. Knowing it can be tricky to isolate a receiver’s role in a college offense, I started putting […]

Looking at the inconsistencies of hard-hit rate

Kole Calhoun had an odd season. For the most part, minus a second-half surge, he was pretty terrible. He put up career lows in batting average, BABIP, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. But standing with all those low marks was a career-high. A significant career-high. Calhoun posted a hard-hit rate of 44.5 percent, considerably above his previous high […]

2019 Senior Bowl week winners and losers: Sweat, Samuel, Lock improve stock; Grier among those to struggle

MOBILE, Ala. — The practices are over, the general managers, scouts and coaches have left, and all that remains is Saturday’s Senior Bowl game. And while the players here still have much to prove when the ball kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET, the scouting departments of all 32 teams will pour over the hours […]

NFL Championship Sunday odds, picks: Patrick Mahomes outduels Tom Brady, Saints’ defense shuts down Jared Goff

The final four has been set. On Sunday, the Rams and Saints will battle for supremacy in the NFC while the scrappy underdog Patriots will have a go at taking down the AFC empire better known as the Kansas City Chiefs. You can stream the AFC Championship Game on CBS All Access. It’s an incredible slate of games featuring the four […]

2019 NFL Draft prospect profile: Michael Dogbe (DT, Temple)

After the season, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman put the onus for the failed season on the defensive side of the ball. And there was some truth in that — The Giants are stocked with talent at the offensive skill positions, but they need to invest resources to add talent to the defensive side of […]

Don’t Worry, MLB — Hitters Are Killing The Shift On Their Own

When asked about Major League Baseball’s interest in restricting defensive shifts, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle recalled that when he was growing up in Merritt Island, Florida, they were often short on players for neighborhood games. Hurdle said they would arbitrarily cut the field in half to solve the problem. “Sometimes we’d shut down the pull […]

NY Giants rookie report: How did the Giants’ rookies fare in 2018?

Throughout a disappointing New York Giants season, there was a bright spot for the future — almost the entire 2018 rookie class. Let’s give one last look to the Giants’ rookie class and how their performance could shape what the Giants do during the offseason. Click here to read the rest of the article on

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