Barnwell ranks the worst NFL offseasons: Why the Texans and Pats are at the bottom

Barnwell ranks the worst NFL offseasons: Why the Texans and Pats are at the bottom 6:45 AM ET With the NFL universe on pause, now seems like a good time to continue our big-picture look into how each organization did during the player-acquisition period of the offseason. Over the next four days, I’m going to […]

Who won — and lost — the NFL offseason: Barnwell picks 20 players, teams and trends

Who won — and lost — the NFL offseason: Barnwell picks 20 players, teams and trends 7:05 AM ET Let’s break down some of the winners and losers from this NFL offseason. Some of the stories in the short term were obvious — you don’t need me to tell you again who won the DeAndre […]

NFL experts pick best matchups, biggest winners from schedule release

NFL experts pick best matchups, biggest winners from schedule release May 7, 2020 ESPN NFL Experts The 2020 NFL schedule is out, and the regular season will begin with the Houston Texans facing the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 10. Week 1 also features the New Orleans Saints hosting Tom Brady […]

The NFL schedule is out, and we predict wins and losses for every game

The NFL schedule is out, and we predict wins and losses for every game 9:00 PM ET NFL NationESPN The 2020 NFL schedule has been released. The regular season kicks off with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 10 (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). The opening doubleheader for Monday Night Football […]

NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus post-draft winners for every team

NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus post-draft winners for every team 6:50 AM ET NFL NationESPN The NFL draft is typically about who’s next for each team. But while veteran players might receive more competition from the annual influx of rookies, the newbies can actually provide some help and positive clarity for the vets, too. […]

Alex Smith’s comeback: Inside the fight to save the QB’s leg and life

Alex Smith’s comeback: Inside the fight to save the QB’s leg and life 7:00 AM ET On Nov. 18, 2018, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was injured in the third quarter of a Week 11 game against the Houston Texans. The injury was severe. This is a first-person account, from Smith’s wife, Elizabeth, to ESPN’s […]

2020 NFL draft: Execs on what worked, what didn’t in virtual mode

2020 NFL draft: Execs on what worked, what didn’t in virtual mode 7:00 AM ET Zac Taylor was sweating in the days leading up to the 2020 NFL draft, and it had nothing to do with the Cincinnati Bengals‘ No. 1 overall pick. The head coach had ordered a “Dark Chocolate” Ridgeley U-shaped desk to […]

Trade and cut candidates for all 32 NFL teams: Barnwell picks post-draft nominees

Trade and cut candidates for all 32 NFL teams: Barnwell picks post-draft nominees 7:00 AM ET Free agency and the 2020 NFL draft have been completed, and now the league enters into an uncertain hiatus. The NFL deliberately kept both of those activities on their original timelines, but with no way to safely practice social […]

2020 NFL draft biggest takeaways: Surprises, lingering questions and lots of dogs

2020 NFL draft biggest takeaways: Surprises, lingering questions and lots of dogs 7:00 PM ET The NFL’s draft industrial complex took a hit this weekend, and I mean that in the most optimistic way possible. The 2020 virtual NFL draft revealed a level of humanity, intimacy and spartan aesthetics that was not only pitch-perfect amid […]