The Steelers have reached contract agreements with 12 undrafted rookie free agents, the club said Saturday evening. Among the 12 free agent additions is former Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy, who is listed as a wide receiver and ostensibly will be changing positions. Murphy (6-2, 213) passed for 1,623 yards for the Eagles in 2014,…
All things considered, “Mr. Irrelevant” didn’t get a bad draw this year. With the final selection in the 2015 NFL Draft — long dubbed the Mr. Irrelevant pick — the Cardinals took Louisville tight end Gerald Christian 256th overall. The 6-foot-3, 244-pound Christian appears to have a puncher’s chance to make the Cardinals’ roster. Arizona doesn’t…
When a defense allows the third-most yards per play in the previous regular season, the subsequent draft would figure to bring to reinforcements. Such was the case for the Steelers, who selected six defensive players in eight picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. Half of the defensive selections were defensive backs: Ole Miss cornerback Senquez…
As expected, LSU tackle La’El Collins went undrafted on Saturday. And it appears that’s exactly what he wanted. Collins intends to meet with police on Monday for questioning in connection with a murder case that now involves two deaths — a 29-year-old woman and her infant child. Collins is not a suspect in the case,…
Moments after the NFL draft ended, the Seahawks signed an undrafted free agent whose story will be an inspiration to many. Nate Boyer, a long snapper from Texas, is the newest member of the Seahawks. But Boyer is much more than that: He’s a 34-year-old who served with the Green Berets in Iraq and Afghanistan…
At the start of this week, La’El Collins looked like a sure-thing first-round draft pick. When the 2015 NFL draft concluded today, Collins was undrafted. NFL teams decided that they simply couldn’t take a chance on Collins, who is scheduled to meet with police on Monday as they investigate the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.…
Who says Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham doesn’t block? Well, Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable does. OK, Cable didn’t say it. But he strongly implied in Saturday comments to reporters. Via Curtis Crabtree of KJR radio and PFT, Cable said that Graham is committed to learning to block. Which means that he doesn’t really…
Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was viewed heading into last season as a first-round draft pick. A severe knee injury changed that significantly. Ekpre-Olomu was finally taken in the seventh round, when the Browns selected him with the 241st overall pick. When Ekpre-Olomu agreed to return for his senior season at Oregon instead of entering last…
Running back Zac Stacy wanted to be traded out of St. Louis after the Rams spent their first-round draft pick on running back Todd Gurley. It didn’t take long for the Rams to oblige. The Jets have acquired Stacy in a trade for a seventh-round draft pick. The Rams used that pick, No. 224 overall,…
The relationship between Evan Mathis and the Eagles hasn’t exactly been a smooth one, and coach Chip Kelly didn’t do anything Saturday to make it any better. Kelly told reporters Saturday that the ball was in the veteran guard’s court in regards to returning to the team, as Mathis staying away from voluntary workouts. “Evan Mathis has…
Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing when he said getting a running back wouldn't be a top priority in the draft, even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency. The Cowboys kept the focus on defense on the final day of the draft Saturday, taking linebackers Damien Wilson of Minnesota and Mark Nzeocha of Wyoming in the fourth and seventh rounds. Defensive end Ryan Russell of Purdue was picked in the fifth.
The New York Jets added another quarterback to the mix, and then acquired a versatile running back on the final day of the NFL draft. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was selected with the Jets' fourth-round pick after the team moved up one spot Saturday in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jets gave up the 104th pick and a seventh-rounder (No. 229) to take Petty. ''We felt good about Bryce today, in terms of where he fell,'' general manager Mike Maccagnan said.
Quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley found their way into the NFL on Day 3 of the draft Saturday - heading to entirely different circumstances. Baylor's Petty went to the New York Jets, who've had inconsistency at the position for years. UCLA's Hundley will journey to Green Bay, where hardly anyone can remember the last time the Packers had questions behind center. The Jets made an early splash in the fourth round after a night of contemplating who remained on the board.
The Bengals picked troubled Southern California defensive back Josh Shaw with their first pick of the fourth round on Saturday. Shaw was suspended by the Trojans for 10 games early in the 2014 season after he suffered ankle injuries by jumping from a second-story balcony while evading police. Meeting Shaw helped sway the Bengals, defensive backs coach Vance Joseph said. ''He's young,'' Joseph said of Shaw, who graduated in 3-1/2 years.
The fill-in Santa whose downfield jaunt at a Philadelphia Eagles game in 1968 lives on in sports history for the hail of snowballs and shower of boos that rained down on him has died. Frank Olivo was 66. Olivo died early Thursday at a suburban hospital after a long battle with heart disease, diabetes and other ailments, said his cousin, Richard Monastra. The story of Olivo's misfortune has long been held up as a symbol of Philly sports fans' ferocity, but far from minding his moment in sports history, Olivo ''gloried in it,'' Monastra said.
Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy, who is facing a 10-game suspension for his role in a domestic violence case, stirred criticism Friday night with a joking reference on Twitter to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Jameis Winston is eager to get to work for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner signed a four-year, $23.35 million contract Friday, less than 24 hours after being selected with the first pick of the NFL draft. Winston said he was glad to have ''the contract stuff out of the way,'' adding he hoped to get his hands on the team's playbook and start working as soon as possible. ''This whole thing has been long for me,'' the quarterback said of the months-long draft process.
Steven Jackson is just one of the NFC South players with something to prove.
Ex-CFL coach Marc Trestman kicks off Canada Week, our examination of North America's other league.
The Jets opened up the checkbook this offseason in an attempt to jumpstart the passing game. Will it work?
Tom Brady is clearly the class of the AFC East at quarterback. But who's next in line? Chris Burke and Doug Farrar debate.
Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing: Cowboys keep draft focus on defense, not running back
Leading the way is new San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon.
Russ Lande, special to USA TODAY Sports, breaks down the teams that reeled in impressive draft classes.
LSU offensive lineman now must sign as free agent to pursue NFL dream.
With Wilfork gone, Patriots reinforce defensive line on draft's 3rd day with Flowers
NFL Shutout: No Tennessee Volunteer selected in the draft, 1st time it has happened since 1963
Safe and sound: Browns go back to basics in draft, fill needs and finally take wide receiver
Take a look back at how your favorite team fared.
Former Cowboys great and Broncos' longtime scout Cornell Green retires at 75
Vikings turn focus to offense for final day of NFL draft, targeting versatile linemen
With security beefed up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the rich and famous settled into their expensive seats shortly before the welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao began on Saturday.
Elijah Daniel, a defensive end, and two other men were charged with theft and burglary after an investigation into items missing from dormitory rooms.
Despite the success of this year’s event in Chicago, the N.F.L. has been noncommittal about whether it would hold it here again next year.
General Manager Mike Maccagnan has been aggressive in both free agency and the draft.
The NFL draft is all about the future. Except when legends of the game steal the show, as Jim Kelly, Dick Butkus, Ickey Woods and Rick Upchurch did in the second round.
Flowers, the Giants’ 2015 first-round draft pick, was raised by his father, a single parent after Flowers’s mother died when he was 6 years old.
Former NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington looks at Saturday's sports schedule and doesn't see such a spectacular lineup.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed quarterback Jameis Winston to a four-year, $23.35 million contract on Friday.
In the second and third round, teams snapped up receivers and defensive backs, and they also chose many players from the top conferences.
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Matt Barnes had 22 points, including making six of his seven three-point attempts to help the Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, 120-108.
Missouri rookie Jabari Brown made his NBA debut on Thursday night, scoring seven points in 17 1/2 minutes in the Lakers' 101-94 loss to the New York Knicks.
The Dodgers and Elvis, what’s not to love? He sings to them. Can’t you hear him? “It’s now or never.”
Since Blake Griffin was sidelined Feb. 8, J.J. Redick has stepped up in a major way.
Tiger Woods' self-imposed exile will continue through next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, but the former No. 1 golfer in the world is aiming to play in the Masters.
A weekend soccer player was sentenced Friday to at least eight years in prison for punching and killing a referee during a game in the Detroit area last summer.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has been retained to supervise rigorous drug testing for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight, leaving each exposed to serious repercussions if either is found to be using performance-enhancing drugs.
There was a reunion of sorts Thursday, not really the type that involved cousins and hot dogs and maybe even fireworks.
Will Ferrell's major league career was brief — one day and five games. But he made history just the same, becoming the first player to bat for one team and catch for the other in the same half-inning.
On an afternoon filled with tuxedoed ushers, tap-dancing performers and anonymous players, a lovely bit of old-fashioned college basketball broke out.
You probably remember Josh Shaw, who was selected in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. The name probably rings a bell at least, if you pay attention to football.Shaw's story was one of the weirdest last year in the sports world.First Shaw, a talented USC cornerback, said he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. USC published that story on its website. Wow, what a great feel-good story! Yeah, too great. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today!] That story unraveled in a hurry. Shaw admitted he lied abo…
No, Bryce Petty is not the savior for this season. But the New York Jets' fourth-round pick, who is used to waiting his turn, is a name to watch for 2016.This is the theme of the Jets' offseason: It's on you, Geno Smith.They traded for Brandon Marshall and drafted speed ball Devin Smith. They added an offensive lineman and a running back. The defense might be one of the most talented units in the league, capable of winning 10 games with average QB play. If Smith can't make it happen now in New York, he never will.Petty will be handled differently with the Jets than Smith was when he came i…
Pick (Rnd) 1 (6) Deiontrez Mount, OLB, Louisville He has the size, speed, initial quickness, and upper-body strength to be an effective pass-rusher off the edge, but needs to improve his run-defense and hasn’t played more than 5 games in a season. 2 (6) Matt Wells, OLB, Mississippi St. Wells is legally blind in one [...]
Pick (Rnd) 1 (5) Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson Falcons came into the draft looking to bolster their defense. They did that with Beasley in round 1, and then again with a solid pick in Jarrett. At 6-1, 304, Jarrett has the size and speed to make an impact on the Atlanta defense. Look for him [...]
Pick (Rnd) 1 (4) Angelo Blackson, DT, Auburn Tremendously versatile, Blackburn has some work to pressure QBs this season, but could be an adequate NT down the line. 2 (4) Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas Another great pick by the Patriots. He plays at 110% all the time and can use his first step to help [...]
The 2nd and 3rd round’s were filled with talented players who will provide considerable value to the teams that drafted them. Many will ultimately outperform some of the prospects taken in the 1st round. To evaluate which picks brought back the most value, I used a metric called Value Score. The Value Score is a measure of how much [...]
Pick (Rnd) 17 (3) John Miller, G, Louisville Can compete for a starting job in Buffalo’s wafer-thin offensive line. 18 (3) Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville Two straight Cardinals; this guy has the right size but needs to work on reading the QB. Slight reach here but fills a need for the Jets. 19 (3) Craig [...]
Pick (Rnd) 1 (3) D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic This quick corner is going to fill the nickel role in Indy, providing a big boost to their inadequate secondary. 2 (3) Jeremiah Poutasi, T, Utah The Titans seem to have a theme in this draft. They got their QB in the 1st, their QB’s #1 [...]
Pick (Rnd) 17 (2) Mitch Morse, OT, Missouri Andy Reid loves drafting linemen and he’s good at it. This kid can play tackle and center. 18 (2) Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State With their first pick, the Bills go defense. Not surprising with Rex Ryan suring up much of Buffalo’s offensive attack during free [...]
Pick (Rnd) 1 (2) Landon Collins, DB, Alabama This pick is such a steal. The Giants get a first round talent and only have to give away a fourth and a seventh to get him. Good fit and good pick. Nailed it. 2 (2) Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State This is filling a need, but [...]