10 Things that We have Learned from the NFL minicampsPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The NFL minicamps allow teams to get a grasp of where they stand as the clock ticks away toward the start of the new season. They also help football betting fans figure out how teams are shaping up in terms of favorites and underdogs. Here are 10 things we learned from Tuesday’s NFL minicamps.
1. Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden broke his right elbow trying to save his iPhone. As a result, he will miss at least a couple of months. However, Cowboys fans who bet on NFL should not sweat that. Rookie Ezekiel Jackson is poised to take over the suddenly available starting lineup position and, unless he’s as fond of smartphones as McFadden is, he will not give it up easily.
2. While we’re on the subject of the Cowboys, defensive end Benson Mayowa has undergone knee surgery. Add that to defensive tackle Maliek Collins’s broken foot, and Randy Gregory’s and Demarcus Lawrence’s suspensions, and the Dallas defensive line doesn’t look too good.
3. Fortunately for the Cowboys, Rolando McClain reported for work as scheduled.
4. The Oakland Raiders and offensive line coach Mike Tice are getting along famously.
5. Bills running back ‘William’ Karlos Williams has blamed his offseason weight gain on pregnancy. He’s not pregnant, though; he just looks like he is. But his wife is, which he somehow saw as a license for binging. In consequence, the Bills are holding him out of minicamp. LeSean McCoy is also out injured. Bills football betting fans should not fret, though. They know who their QB is, and Tyrod Taylor is looking good.
6. Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian are at each other’s throats over the Broncos quarterback spot, according to coach Gary Kubiak, who seems to favor the former – seeing as how Sanchez has received all the first-team reps in the last four practices.
7. Broncos general manager John Elway has signed inside linebacker Brandon Marshall to a $20 million four-year deal and let Danny Trevathan go. Meanwhile, fans who bet on NFL are closely following the Von Miller saga.
8. Rookie linebackers Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell seem to have found a niche in the Falcons’ starting lineup over first-round safety Keanu Neal.
9. Even though Geno Smith is improving by leaps and bounds – at least according to Jets head coach Todd Bowles – the first choice for the starting QB spot is still Ryan Fitzpatrick, when and if he decides to sign a contract.
10. Lions cornerback Darius Slay has realistic expectations. Unlike Von Miller – who wants to be paid more than the highest paid non-quarterback player in NFL history (which would have been himself, had he accepted the Broncos’ offer), Slay just wants to make top 7 guy money. He’d make a good football betting man.