Insider notebook: Steve Smith sets the record straight on Cam Newton and Panthers divorce, plus Week 4 picks

One of the two most well-known Carolina Panthers of all time wants to set the record straight about the other one. Steve Smith is tired of all the questions about Cam Newton. Over the last six years he’s grown weary of a media narrative he never really tried to correct. Read more

NFL insider notes: An early look at 2021 quarterback market, time to stop blitzing Patrick Mahomes and more

It’s never too soon to start looking ahead at a quarterback market. Coming off the most fertile, strange QB market in NFL history in 2020, one can’t help but wonder what is to come next year. It won’t be as star studded and you won’t see so many accomplished quarterbacks Read more

NFL insider notes: Texans, Eagles, Vikings among teams exposed for who they really are, plus more from Week 3

It wasn’t that long ago when the Texans and Vikings and Eagles were playing postseason football games. I distinctly recall both Minnesota and Houston actually winning a playoff game. I don’t think they’ll have to worry about such considerations in 2020.  We all know the trite narrative about the previous Read more

Insider notebook: Money pouring in but NFL gambling still has far to go, MVP rankings, Week 3 picks and more

Since the May 2018 Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates on legalized sports betting in America, I have heard from every corner of the NFL world that the league would immediately and quickly reap the benefits of this multi-billion industry. It’s been a refrain my media colleagues have repeated over Read more

NFL Draft 2020: Four who won by zigging as others zagged, Patriots’ Trevor Lawrence shot, more insider notes

I tend to applaud those who zig while everyone else zags. The draft is a lesson in supply vs. demand, with inevitable runs on certain positions and trends. And this one was no different. After speaking to several evaluators this weekend, I kept coming back to four teams’ drafts as Read more

UFC 249 odds, predictions: MMA insider reveals picks for Gaethje vs. Ferguson, Cejudo vs. Cruz

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of four UFC events, but president Dana White has insisted the mixed martial arts giants would host fights as soon as possible. To that end, he has announced plans for a UFC 249 fight card in Jacksonville. The 11-bout UFC 249 card Read more

UFC odds, May 9 predictions: MMA insider shares picks for Gaethje vs. Ferguson, Cejudo vs. Cruz

Despite the challenging circumstances surrounding sporting events during the coronavirus pandemic, Tony Ferguson insisted he would be ready to fight when called upon. The UFC’s top-ranked lightweight took recent measures to prove it and is scheduled to face Justin Gaethje for the interim title on May 9. The promotion has Read more