Dean Smith’s men will return to action when they h


The announced Thursd interested in signing Wes Foderingham from Rangers.The 28-year-old is being seen as a replacement for Darren Randolph, who may be leaving for West Ham.If the Hammers put in a big offer for Randolph, then Boro will look to the Rangers shot stopper asay they will go with a closer-by-committee approach after Bruce Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. 

General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland als from his players.Lampard is a fan of the culture of what rugby boasts.Having been struck during the tournament by the vastly different approach of rugby players towards referees, Lampard said: “I think maybe yes (footballers could learn from rugbwill mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. One of those options could left-handed reliever .

Coke hasn’t had a great spring, posting a 4.09 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 1season.It emerged that the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund were interested in buying Newcastle ahead of the Magpies’ FA Cup draw against Oxford United at St James’ Park on Saturday.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle insiders are confident the la1 innings. But he has nine strikeouts. Coke has six career saves during the regular season, including one last season. However, he was a key reliever in the postseason last year, which included two crucial saves during an ALCS series win against the Yankees.

as set the record straight over claims he wants to


rotatireturn to the Premier League.Bale has been linked with Manchester United and former club Tottenham.”I think it would benefit him to come back and play regular football again and play in a team at the top end of the Premier League,” Allardyce told talon candidate took the mound on Saturday in a Grapefruit League start against Toronto. Possibly a longer shot to win a starting job this spring than some of the other options, Arrieta was solid against the Blue Jays. 

Last season’s opening day starter, Arrieta went 4 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday. He allowed three hits and walked three with two strikeouts and his Grapefruit League ERA is now 2.38. 

return to Chelsea.Obi is happy Frank Lampard is now in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. He was alongside Lampard in midfield for every minute at the Allianz Arena when Chelsea shocked Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final – sharing the dressin

Arrieta has allowed three earned runs this spring over 11 1/3 spring innings with five Ks. He is looking to regroup this season after a terrible 2012 that saw him get demoted to the minors and go 3-9 with a 6.20 ERA over to the end of the season.The news has been officially announced via a statement on the club’s official website:”AC Milan announces that Ricardo Rodríguez has joined PSV Eindhoven on a temporary basis.”The Club wishes the player all the best for the24 appearances and 18 starts for the Orioles. 

t has turned down the likes of Real Madrid and Bar


The Detroit Tigers continued shaping their roster for the upcoming season and announced till spend the 2019/20 season on loan in Turkey.Brighton head coach Graham Potter said: “We feel this loan to Galatasaray gives Florin the opportunity to go and play regularly, which he’s foundndes from Palmeiras.The Brazilian will join the Blaugrana in July in exchange for seven million euros plus three million euros in variables.Fernandes will sign a five-year contract and his buyout clause will be set at 300m euros.Hours later it was an difficult here.”He also has the prospect of Champions Leahe fonth.Zaha was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer, and handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move. With the European transfer window still open until September 2, there is a possibility Zaha could yet ollowing moves Monday: catcher and shortstop were assigned to Double-A Erie; pitcher was sent to Class A Lakeland while outfielder and shortstop were assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

y there have been no approaches for management duo


Angels starting pitcher turned in a solid performance as he picked up his first Cactus League win in Thursday’s contest against the Padres. Wilson pitched three innings of work and allowed with a run six hits. He struck out two and did not issue a walk in a 12-3 victory. His only run allowed came in the second inning when he gave up a soloury isn’t serious after defeat to Chelsea.Zaha ended the game in some discomfort, however, Roy Hodgson revealed in his post-match press conference that he is hoping it’s nothing more than just a painful moment.The Eagles manager said: “I think he g shot to . “Even that’s something you need to practice,” Wilson said. “You have to recover after a home run. You have to fight through a long inning. It’s great when you’re coasting, but the regular-season won’t always go great. You have to respond, and you haancesco after defeat to Hellas Verona.The 2-0 result was their sixth defeat in seven Serie A games.“We are all disappointed, to England.The Belgian veteran is leaving Barca this summer and has an offer from Al-Arabi for one year. He will be in Qatar today to visit the club, but his priority is to stay in Europe – and specifically England.Vermaelen’s wife is English and sh it’s clear for all to see what is happening,” Ferrero told Sky Sport Italia.“We will get together, have a meeting and I wve to get mentally prepared for that right now.”

moue Bakayoko.The 24-year-old is not wanted by Che


Rangers pitcher (back, shoulder) completed a 35-pitch bullpen session Sunday without any noted issues, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. It was the first outing McClellan has participated in sincked – then vice-chairman Ed Woodward also must go.Parker does not think sacking Solskjaer would be in the best interests of the club right now.However, he says if Woodward was to go as well, then he would support the decision.“I just think it doesce ending his bullpen session early last Sunday because of shoulder soreness. “I felt great,” he said. “I started out nice and easy at 80 percent and, once I got through, I was letting it the performance for defeat to Bournemouth “was not good enough”.However, he insists there won’t be any punishment for his players.Lampard explained: “I’ve been in a dressing room playing after those games and I’ve been in the dressing room after tho go 100 percent with no pain. So net Muric on loan.Forest sacked manager Martin O’Neill on Friday.The Championship club are hoping to finalise his move in time for Muric to join their pre-season training camp in Spain, which begins Sunday, says the Mirror.O’Neill and goalkeeping coavery encouraging.”

se to drop their bid to bring Neymar back to the N


The Phillies traded relief pitcher to the Blue Jwhen facing smaller clubs.Over the past month Chelsea have suffered embarrassing home defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton – as well as being thrashed at Everton.Before victory at Arsenal, the 25-year-old told Canal+: “For the big matchesays on Saturday in exchange for minor-league first baseman Art Charles. Schwimer ms sports director Fabio Paratici is convinced he can bring Paul Pogba to Turin – and for an affordable price.The Manchester United midfielder continues to be linked with Real Madrid, with agent Mino Raiola confirming they attempted to engineer a moveade 35 appearances for Philadelphia last season and registered a 2-1 record with a 4.46 ERA and 36 strikeoutsgue opponents Liverpool.Haaland has scored 17 times in just 12 appearances, including a hat-trick against Genk in their Group E opener last month. Marsch sounded a positive note on his frontman to SiriusXM FC, saying the teen will be “ready to go”.”I.

want to win the Europa League.The two Premier Lea


The Rays announced Sunday they signed to a minor-league contract. He reported for sprat Blythe Spartans.Thsays Manchester United need to rediscover their identity.Paul Pogba’s agent feels that there must first be a clear vision for the first team so that he can thrive in the centre of the park – citing Sir Alex Ferguson’s iconic style that saw 13 Premiere 21-yomelu Lukaku.Corriere dello Sport says United are willing to consider the loan proposal tabled by Inter, but are insisting the terms be improved.Inter are offering €10m for a two season loan with a permanent option worth €60m.United are open to tear-old was one of the stars of the season in the Under-23s last season and has been spending time at National League North side Blyth under former Toon player Lee Clark.But the keeper has now ended his spell at Croft training Sunday.

Just because: Ty Cobb goes in high and hard


Ty Cobb, besides being one of the best ballplayers in the history of ballplayers, was famously competitive to the point of affliction. So consiarcelona striker Luis Suarez is delighted to be back for Uruguay’s Copa America campaign.He underwent a procedure on his knee which ruled him out of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey final with Valencia in order to reach the tournament in Brazil.The 32-year-oder the semi-famous image that follows to be highly representative of the way that Cobb played the game …

Four observations on what we see unfolding above: That’s high, that’s hard, that hurts, that’s taekwondo. And while we don’t have the angle to say so definitively, tels the back four is now getting stronger.Maguire has praised young fullbacks Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool.He said, “We’ve been settled for a couple of games now and have kept a few clean sheets. Brandon here’s a non-zero chance that Cobb just spiked this poor chump in the rascal basket. Perish the thought. 

In any event, says that the photograph in question was taken at Detroit’s Navin Field in 1912 or 1913.

Most of all, know this: That nameless, long-dead catcher is still feeling it.

Foad’s midfield. We caught up with the former Newcastle United prospect to ask about working with Imanol Alguacil, comparisons with Rafa Benitez and La Real’s push for Europe.Question: Getafe, Sevilla, Valencia, Athletic Club, Betis or Villarreal apartr more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

Josh Beckett placed on waivers


(Getty Images) Insider Jon Heyman reports that the have placed right-hander on waivers. However, rival execs don’t expect Beckett to be traded, in large part because of his contract, which runs through to 2says the Argentine deserved his FIFA The Best award on Monday night.He stated: “It is normal that he has taken The Best because he is the best and will continue to be until he no longer wants to. “He is magical, he is a player that while we can we mu014 at a cost of $15.75 million for each of the next two seasons. 

Heyman characterizes the as “the wild card” in all of this but says that any deal for Beckett remains a long shot. 

On the season, the 32-year-old Beckett has a 5.23 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 127.1 innings pitched. In parts of 12 major-leagueNewcastle United are preparing to move for Hull City attacker Jarrod Bowen.The Telegraph says Newcastle are planning to make at least one news signing during January.Hull winger Bowen is among those being looked at by manager Steve Bruce.The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals in 20 games for the Championship club this season. seasons, he has a career ERA of 3.93. The three-time All-Star finished second in the AL Cy Young Ard admits Chelsea can’t afford to lose against Valencia on Wednesday night.Along with Ajax, the two sides are on seven points in Group B ahead of their group stage clash at the Mestalla.And Lampard says the Blues must walk away with at least a draw.”ward voting in 2007. 

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Photo: Mike Napoli haircut of the day


Just as by County veteran Wayne Rooney has joked that Sergio Romero could’ve allowed him to score against Manchester United on Thursday.Rooney lost his reunion with his former club 3-0 at Pride Park in the FA Cup fifth-round.Speaking after the game, Rooney sital youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles hopes manager Unai Emery keeps selecting his team on merit.Maitland-Niles knows his place will be under threat once fullback Hector Bellerin returns to full fitness.He said, “I want to stay in the team, but if the is highly likely that you have already shaved a grainy image of catcher into your head, it is highly unlikely that you have done so to as great effect as has this gentleman:

Next time try harder.

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For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow onrnandez has joined RCD Mallorca on loan for the season.The 20-year-old Colombian spent the last two seasons playing in Spain with Huesca where he helped them achieve promotion to La Liga.Now he will return to the Spanish top flight for at least one m Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Marlins send Hanley Ramirez to Dodgers in four-player swap


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The have swung a deal for third baseman , .

Ramirez will head to L.A. along with lefty reliever (2.49 ERA, 25.1 IP) in exchange for 22-year-old right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (4.15 ERA in 56.1 IP) and minor-league reliever Scott McGough (3.88 ERA in 46.1 IP at High-A Rancho Cucamonga). Insider Jon Heyman reports that Ramirez is likely to play short until Dee Gordon at returns from injury. Once Gordon rejoins the roster, Ramirez will likely take over at third base, where the Dodgers have struggled to get adequate production all season. Thus far, Dodger third basemen — chiefly — have combined to hit .246/.306/.369. Ramirez, m City defender Harry Maguire.The Mirror says Solskjaer has canvassed his United England stars for tha midfielder Ross Barkley has invited more controversy during the international break.The Chelsea-star-Ross-Barkley-filmed-TOPLESS-Dubai-nightclub.html”>Daily MailChelsea-star-Ross-Barkley-filmed-TOPLESS-Dubai-nightclub.html”> says he is facing furtheir thoughts on Maguire.United have stepped up their interest in the Leicester City defender tabling an improved £70million bid.Manchester City are aeanwhile, has a slash line of .246/.322/.430 with 14 home runs.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that , which means that the Dodgers will be on the hook for the remainder of Ramirez’s $15-million salary for 2012 and the total of $31.5 million he’s owed for 2013 and 2014.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and ves have quickly understood the importance of growing the quality in their squad, and the Express and Star are reporting that two players that could leave the West Midlands club are Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa.The Portuguese duo have been with th.

Report: Reds could go after a leadoff man


The are in t step backwards if they brought Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield.Barcelona are looking to offload the Brazilian, who they bought from the Reds in January 2018.After winning the Champions League last season, Murphy thinks Jurgen Klopp’s are doing finhe playoff hunt, but could bolster their chances by adding a , said the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jon Fay.

outfielder and outfielder could be good fits. Pierre, whose contract is up at the end of the season, is hitting .316/.354/.385 this season.

Span isn’t performing as well, hitting .278/.340/.380, but he’s younger and under contract through at least the 2014 season. Span’s contract includes ay.Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all scored in the FA Cup foule Rugani.Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to find a new centre-half signing for January and the Telegraph says his search has led him to Italy.Juve have made Rugani available after he’s found himself frozen out this season by coach Maurizio Sarri.rth round 6-0 rout.The Sun reports while many fans revelled in how many of those players hardly ever get on the scoresheet, it ia $9 million team option for 2015. 

Span’s is “very high,” Fay tweeted.

Fay also that he doesn’t see the Reds going after pitcher . 

The Lineup: Milwaukee’s meltdown, A’s ascension


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While the deadine dealings stole the headlines, there was actual baseball on Tuesday night. With bats, balls and everything …

: Not only did Dunn go 3-for-5 with four RBI in the win over , but he also became the first player to reach 30 homers this season. Oh, and he’s also the fourth-fastest player in White Sox history to mash 30 homers in a season. He’s now just five shy of career bomb number 400. : The Mets lost to the on Tuesday night, and overall they’ve dropped 11 of 12. So how can a Metropolitan possibly be a part of 3 Up? Well, Mr. Valdespin on Tuesday set a franchise record with his fifth pinch-hit homer of the season. And for that, he’s here. Valdespin is now slugging .598 on the year. : Sure, Buchholz struck out only one against three walks, but to hold the powerful to one run in 7.0 innings on a hot night in Arlington? That’s an achievement. Also, consider this a nod to Buchholz’s steady improvement this season. Not so long ago, he had the worst numbers of any pitcher in baseball, but he’s been at his best since late May. Over that span, Buchholz has shaved almost three full runs off h in regular contact with Lazio president Claudio Lotito since the end of last season.And Milinkovic-Savic, 24, has told Lotito he wants to leave this summer.Lazio and representatives of Milinkovic-Savic are in contact with Manchester United, which aris ERA.: On Tuesday night in St. Louis, Kershaw gave up six runs … in the sixth inning. Overall, he surrendered eight runs on the night, which is the most the reigning Cy Young winner has given up since April of 2009. Kershaw was unable to keep the ball down for much of the night, and the hard-hitting made him pay. : The Buccos had won nine of their last 10 at PNC before the showed up. In losing the first two games of the series, the Pirates have managed a total of only one run against the Cubs. On Tuesday night, they were tamed by former Pirate .: The Milwaukee bullpen oncday announced he is leaving the club after 12 years.The 36-year-old’s contract runs out this month and Everton are due to reveal their retained list this week as they look to move on around 15 players.The Daily Mail says Baines has been offered a onee again had a core-reactor meltdown in Philly. On Tuesday night, Parra was the main offender. Parra recorded only one out but gave up four runs on one hit and three walks. Of his 25 pitches, just 12 went for strikes. And so much for ‘s gem. Over the last two nights, the Milwaukee pen has given up 11 runs in 3.2 innings of work.  : The ongoing Ryan Demspter-trade saga will be momentarily interrupted so that Dempster can, you know, actually pitch. Assuming Dempster is still a Cub by , he’ll oppose and the Pirates. The Cubs, who wil be going for the sweep in Pittsburgh, would love to move him before he takes another turn. : Can the A’s, winners of six straight of 15 of 17 in July, keep their improbable run going? They’ll pin their hopes on young , who boasts a 2.70 ERA after five starts. The Jays, who are struggling to stay in the playoff race, will counter with the disappointing . : The will trot out , certifiable Cy Young contender and one of the best pitchers in baseball. The will counter with , who has a 2.79 ERA since joining the rotation. Can the unheralded 28-year-old rookie keep it up? The surprise contenders from Baltimore badly need more stability in the rotation, and Gonzalez thus far has provided it. Only game separates these two wild-card hopefuls in the standings. • : Commissioner Bud Selig seems fairly deaf to calls for instant replay, but a FanGraphs poll suggests that . • : It’s always weird to see a player we associate with one franchise in the uniform of another (see: Suzuki, Ichiro), and it’s even more jarring when that player is a Hall of Famer. Along those lines, of baseball luminaries in the uniforms absolutely not associated with their careers. Harmon Killebrew in a uni is beyond weird. • : Is Oakland GM Billy Beane enjoying his finest season? . • : Should the Mets make an old-school reliever out of ? . • : Former pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, who owbeing linked with a move for Kyle Scott from Chelsea.The midfielder is seen as a key target for the club, as his contract at the Blues expires this month.The Sun says the Magpies want to sign the 21-year-old, but are waiting on news about the future ned the baseball world in 1976, accidentally died in 2009 while working on his dump truck. Now, his family is suing the truck manufacturer. []For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Rockies rookie Friedrich has new outlook after working with Phillies’ Lee


The Rockies like what they’ve seen from left-hander Christian Friedrich, their first-round pick in 2008, like it enough to hand him the ball so he can make his first major-league start on Wednesday in San Diego.For that, they can thank ace Cliff Lee.Well, maybe not for all of it. But Lee gets a definite assist.See, Friedrich and Lee share an agent, and it was Darek Braunecker who suggested to Friedrich last winter that maybe a short, off-season tutoring session from Lee would be beneficial to his career. A year earlier, after all, it had helped the Cubs’ Travis Wood.Friedrich, 24, was all ears, and last January drove from his home just north of Daytona Beach, Fla., to Little Rock, Ark., and spent about 10 days working out with Lee.”I learned more than I ever thought I could in that short of time,” Friedrich says.Not only did the big lefty (6-4, 215 pounds) learn from Lee how better to throw on a downward trajectory to get the most out of his velocity and movement, he also picked up a couple of mechanical things that he hopes keeps him healthier longer.From his offseason workouts, Friedrich had developed pain in his elbow just before the session with Lee.”I was upset going in because I thought I wouldn’t be able to throw,” he said. “But watching him for five minutes taught me how to throw downhill, and the pain went away in two days.”It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever experienced.”Part of the reason for Friedrich’s slower-than-hoped-for development (the Rockies picked him 25th overall in ’08) is because he fought through elbow pain in both 2009 and 2010.”It would usually come about a third of the way, or a quarter of the way, through the season,” he says. “Nothing structural, just tendinitis.”But now, after what he discovered with Lee, his elbow has been just fine while going 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts for Colorado Springs. During that time, he held opponents to a .213 batting average, fanned seven and walked four in 30 innings pitched.”Best I’ve felt,” Friedrich says.Regarding Lee, he says, “I learned more from just watching him throw bullpens. His work ethic, I’ve never seen anything like it. I knew he was strong, but he’s stronger than I thought. “He has such a great angle on the ball. He’s got more deception tchez’s salary to clear him off their books this summer.The Daily Mail says Sanchez has fastal Palace skipper Jason Puncheon is continuing his career in Cyprus.The midfielder, who was let go by the Premier League club at the end of last season, is signing for Pafos FC.He has completed the free transfer, with the Greek club proclaiming it iled to recapture the form he showed at Arsenal since joining United in January last year, and has struggled to nail down a first-team place.The Red Devils are phan people realize.”What Friedrich has noticed is that when he gets into trouble in a game, he’s not getting enough of an angle, not throwing on enough of a downward plane.What he’s also noticed with Lee is thaManchester United star Andreas Pereira reacted to his side’s Carabao Cup semi final draw.The Red Devils were successful in the quarter final against Colchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.They eased to a 3-0 win after a flurry of early t the Phillies’ lefty works at a “pretty good tempo, and slows the game down when he needs to.”He hasn’t spoken with Lee since the winter because, well, they’ve each got day jobs that are miles apart. Plus, Lee is an established veteran and Friedrich doesn’t want to be a pest.”He’s a busy guy,” Friedrich says. “But I definitely want to thank him. And I hope to work with him again next year.”Meantime, Friedrich’s major-league debut just so happens to be on the same day that Lee is scheduled to come off of the disabled list and make his first start for the Phillies since April 18 in San Francisco.Friedrich smiles when he hears that.”That’s awesome,” he says.

Grading NFL’s next generation of quarterbacks: Gardner Minshew shines again, Dwayne Haskins disappoints


led the to a victory over a relief appearance from fellow rookie ,   upended  , and quarterback got his second win in as many starts this season on the road in Houston. 

Jones became the and Allen became the first in Panthers history to start 3-0, but how did each youthful passer play when I broke down the game tape, you ask?

Each week, I dig deep and grade these quarterbacks on a per-snap basis taking every individual aspect of their performance into account. And I’m now assigning a cumulative grade for the signal callers who’ve played significant snaps in more than one game.  

After a miss down the field, Minshew had a throw with great timing on an out route on the first drive. He waited inside the pocket, but the throw into the end zone was incomplete because it was made into tight coverage. He held the ball too long on his first sack.

Also in the first half, Minshew didn’t like what he initially saw and dropped his head before being sacked by . He had an impressive step up into the pocket and threw with noticeable velocity over the middle on a third down. The throw was inaccurate and fell incomplete. On a play nullified by holding, Minshew was masterful. He started left then found a receiver down the right sideline in a Cover 2 hole. 

Minshew was awesome eluding a free rusher and found a receiver near the sideline on a play taken off the stat sheet due to penalty. In the third quarter, he made a darn good throw — back shoulder — to D.J. Chark deep, but it was just out of bounds. On a crucial third and 14 conversion, Minshew did another escape act before finding a receiver coming back to the ball. He was unreal weaving through traffic in the pocket before finding  on the left side of the end zone for a score. Minshew’s second touchdown was a gorgeous play design but required a good, accurate throw with velocity. He missed deep while under pressure on a play-action long ball then looked left and back over the middle to find a shallow cross for big third-down conversion late. On the game-winning drive, Minshew demonstrated ideal patience and accuracy on a deep cross to , and the timing and placement were solited are eyeing Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe.The Daily Mail says Newcastle have an interest in Tuanzebe – but must wait for Harry Maguire to secure his move to Old Trafford before making a move.Steve Bruce is looking for defensive reinforcd on an out route that got Jaguars closer for the field goal attempt.

Bat the club, and not only because of the quality of the team.Becker joined from Roma at the start of last season, transforming the team’s rearguard into one of the most feared in Europe.He has embraced every aspect of being a Reds player, including aaker Mayfield, Browns

The numbers were rather gaudy for Mayfield against the Ravens, especially in the ever-important yards-per-attempt category (he averaged 11.4 yards per attempt in this one). And while it was a clear individual improvement for the first pick in the 2018 Draft compared to his first three contests of 2019, the effort wasn’t as impressive as the statistics. 

After getting his first pass batted at the line and getting sacked on third down when he looked right then had to hold the football, Mayfield found Landry over the middle off playaction, and with antsy feet, remained decently calm, kept his head up and connected with on an early third-down conversion. 

The touchdown to was relatively easy, and possibly a blown coverage by Baltimore. Mayfield did start the play by looking right then found the tight end — who was wide open — crossing from right to left. Cleveland was very screen heavy early, which mitigated Baltimore’s pass rush. 

He zinged a pass to Landry over the middle off another playaction fake then had a RPO (run-pass option) intercepted. On that play, Mayfield tried a quick sling of a throw to his star slot receiver. But it just wasn’t there. Later, he pumped and threw behind Landry on an out-breaking route then was panicky on short pass to in tight coverage that was knocked away. In the red zone near the end of the first half, Mayfield drifted back and away from a decently clean pocket, and his throw was late. The pass was broken up. 

There was another coverage bust Mayfield exploited on a down the numbers throw to Seals-Jones for a huge gain. Early in the third, Mayfield stared down, pumped a few times, then sunk backward on another throw to Beckham that was knocked away. Mayfield had two nice back-shoulders in the second half — one to Seals-Jones, another to Beckham. Overall, the Browns’ game plan was significantly smarter against Baltimore than it had been in the first three weeks of the season, and it took a lot off Mayfield’s plate. His pocket presence was better too but still has a ways to go to be considered an impressive part of his game. 

Lamar Jackson, Ravens

Jackson wasn’t brutal against Cleveland, easily the best defense he’s faced this season. He wasn’t a game changer either. He got sacked when a swing pass wasn’t open on the first drive and showcased good zip and timing on an out to early. 

He then found Andrews on a playaction throw in the void of zone coverage but the pass was dropped. Later, he stepped up into the pocket and located alone down the sideline. The receiver caught the pass but was narrowly out of bounds. On his first touchdown, Jackson demonstrated rare pocket-management skills. He actually stopped his rollout and moved up to into the pocket before finding for the score. Jackson had a downfield strike off playaction and a ridiculous scramble early in the third quarter but was sacked after he morphed into a runner too early inside the pocket. 

After that, Jackson threw well short on a third down comeback route from a clean but collapsing pocket. A similar play occurred later when he found his receiver over the middle when he was unable to step into his throw. dropped a rocket of a throw on a slant through tight coverage. Early in the fourth quarter, Jackson’s improvisational capabilities were on full display on an insane flip throw as he was being brought to the turf. He showcased good patience and pocket drifting on a throw to his second read, but the pass into the end zone was low.  His second touchdown was a wide open touch throw from in close to Andrews.  After a miscommunication on a fourth-down incompletion, he demonstrated perfect timing and accuracy on out-breaking route late in the game. 

Jackson’s interception was a stunning example of his arm strength, patience, and ability to move through his progressions. The ball hung a split second too long and was kind of forced. Baltimore needed amazing from Jackson in this game and simply didn’t get it.

Kyle Allen, Panthers

Allen looked like he belonged for the second-straight week in Carolina’s win over the , yet some of the same issues that popped up against the in Week 3 were apparent in Week 4, most namely his pocket presence. 

Early on, he looked right, then left — you like seeing the full-field read — but stepped up but late and was stripped as he was being sacked. There was a late on throw over the middle to in the first quarter that was knocked away. Allen showed off his arm with a dime on a long seam throw to down the seam, but the defensive back made an textbook play to disrupt the receiver’s concentration at the last second. Incomplete. The game still needs to speed up a bit for Allen.

Allen also made a seemingly simple completion to over the middle in the first half, but it started with him scanning left, then calmly coming back to the middle. Later, Allen stood in the pocket then drifted backwards and to his right for basically no reason. The result? Another strip sack. In the third, he was stripped sacked again from the frontside when he needed move forward toward the center when he needed to. 

Allen proved he can be patient in the pocket on a long ball later in the game, but the pass was overthrown. He was nearly picked on a throw down the sidelines from the far hash in the fourth quarter. His big arm was on display on a 2nd and 16 out to Samuel,  then he drastically missed short on a downfield attempt on third and short midway through the fourth quarter. The ball hit the defender in the back. The biggest play of the game from Allen came on an otherworldly escape from J.J. Watt late in the game. He then found downfield wide open. 

Dwayne Haskins,

It was an debut to forget for Haskins. 

On his first attempt, he impressively got to his second read and the connection was made near the sideline, but the throw took a while to arrive. There were good timing and velocity on a third and 6 throw to . The pass was slightly behind but catchable. There was a nice play-action throw in the red zone, Haskins put the ball where it needed to be — high — but it got knocked away. 

Then things went off the rails. Haskins missed on out route from a clean pocket near goalline to . He got to his second read but wasn’t able to use the lower half of his body on the throw over the middle. It was late, lacked velocity, and got picked. There was a low throw with decent anticipation to near the end of the half. Haskins showed encouraging pocket patience but waited too long when a check down was there. The play ended in a sack at the start of the third. He then left the pocket when he didn’t need to but found a receiver near the sideline. 

Later, Haskins didn’t step into the vacancy in the pocket and was sacked from the backside. His second interception was a force down the sideline to . He then faded away from a clean-pocket throw, which fell short of its intended target and should’ve been picked. His last interception of the day wasn’t his fault, as it bounced off Vernon Davis’ hands, but the timing between the two players was off — the tight end never expected the ball to arrive when it did.

Daniel Jones, Giants

Jones had a nice improvisational completion to start then departed backward and to his right from a perfectly structured pocket on a 4th and short yet ripped the ball for the completion. Then there was a potential miscommunication with — who got bumped — over the middlelder has been on the outer of coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans this season.And AS says Real are eager to find a buyer in January.Arsenal are keen and hope to repeat the same move that landed Dani Ceballos, on-loan to the end of the season. But Mancheste. Should’ve been picked. 

Jones made a great tight-window throw on a third down in the red zone. He exhibited ideal patience and got through his progressions to find for the first touchdown. He later looked left, moved back and to his right then found a receiver open for a third-down conversion. Jones was picked on a play-action deep crosser, when he didn’t see the deeper defender and the ball hung. That pass was one of his only longer throws all afternoon. Jones had a nice slide inside the pocket on another crosser (from the slot), but the throw didn’t need to be made. It was undercut and picked. A deep ball down the middle to was nearly snagged by . He finished by missing on a touch throw and misfired on a fourth down. 

In general, Jones did good work in the short crossing/stick route game against Washington. He struggled elsewhere. Of course, he also made multiple plays with his legs to keep drives alive for the Giants. 

, Cardinals

Murray was under duress all game against Seattle — just as he has been for all of the 2019 season behind this offensive line — and didn’t give us the wow throws he’d demonstrated in Arizona’s first three games. After a coverage sack on the first drop back, Murray had a play where he started to scramble, then stopped, kept his eyes up, and found on the other side of the field for a third and 8 conversion.

He overthrew Terrell Sherfield in the end zone. Murray then was patient in the pocket before deploying a spin move to elude pressure before finding Johnson on an inside dump off. He overextended on a bootleg to the left side of the field and took a big sack. 

After nearly running out of the back of the end zone, he stood in and found Johnson on another dump off but overthrow him on a very short throw. A few sacks simply weren’t his fault and came via free rushers. Murray’s finest play against the came when he looked right, started to scramble, didn’t like what he saw, then scooted back to his left and ripped an accurate pass to near the sideline. In general, Murray and the Cardinals’ offense was overwhelmed in this contest. 


The Steelers went super gimmicky against the at home on Monday Night Football, and it worked. It was the second-straight game Rudolph was not asked to do much — or work the intermediate portions of the field — very much at all. 

On a first and 10 early, Rudolph got out of the pocket and got the ball to Vannett near the sideline. There was a miscommunication on a third down with . Rudolph got to his second read on a sprint out which resulted in a touchdown. The throw was easy, but he got off the read into the flat to find the running back moving down the field. All evening, Rudolph was very quick to get through his progressions and found his backs often. There were two good timing throws to on comeback routes. Rudolph waited then escaped to his left before finding Vannett later in the game. The defender had his backed turned, and Rudolph fit the ball over his shoulder. 

The touchdown to Johnson was a good but not overly difficult read of the deep safety who took the deep route going in the other direction. The receiver was wide open, the throw was on target, and came after Rudolph subtly stepped up as edge pressure was mounting. The game plan was simple and short-pass based, but Rudolph took what the defense gave him all evening and only had four incomplete passes. A small part of his statistical output was bolstered by easy tap passes behind the line that were essentially jet sweeps.


It was an ugly start, which leaked into an ugly first half, that transformed into an impressive opening drive of the third quarter before Allen was knocked out of the game on a scramble at the start of the fourth. He had trouble identifying the blitz and reacting to it all game. 

His first interception was late and forced. The throw was a long one on a line but shouldn’t have been made. He missed on a speed out to  and forced a pass down the sideline to . Allen zinged a slant Beasley on an RPO then overthrew Brown on a deep ball while fading away. Allen nearly left a clean pocket but stopped. He then took a really bad sack which pushed Buffalo out of field goal range. He waited before heaving a long ball to that was well underthrown while under pressure. It was intercepted. 

Allen ripped another RPO — this time to Brown — then missed on a flag route to Beasley. Had he come off his initial read, Allen likely would’ve seen Jones running across the field in the other direction. In the red zone, he looked left then his head instantly dropped. The pressure got there decently quickly. Sack. 

There was a super-deep long ball to Zay — who had a step — that was just overthrown. It would’ve been a touchdown. In the two minute series before the half, Allen threw a nice jump ball to . He showcased pocket patience, but didn’t drift up in time and was sacked again, and the Bills missed field goal on the next play. On the first drive of the third quarter, Allen surveyed, waited, and found Yeldon for a 19-yard gain.  Later, he pumped, scrambled, but kept his head up and found Beasley on the run. There was another scramble sack before a brutal hero ball toss into traffic. The pressure got in his face right away. 

Allen threw a laser on dig to Brown. On the play in which he was injured, Allen was pressured rapidly from the frontside and ran to try to get the first down on a big third and 8. Allen made a small collection of good throws in this one but had just as many easy misfires, made an assortment of bad decisions, and wasn’t able to pull the trigger on a handful of other plays. 


Rosen started with an awkward touch throw that was tipped then caught by a deeper receiver. His touchdown came on a good pass to down the sideline. It wasn’t spectacular. The receiver had a few steps on the corner, and there was no safety in sight. 

Later, Rosen looked down the middle then fired to Williams near the sideline. It was almost picked but just squeaked through. He stepped up and out of the pocket as the edges collapsed in the red zone before dropping a nice touch throw to . But the running back was just out of bounds in the endzone. 

Rosen also looked left then down the middle to convert a third down through traffic. He slid into the pocket and threw to his right with three-quarters delivery near the sideline and forced a throw into traffic near the sideline before not seeing the underneath defender on his interception.