Preseason Football Bettors Clipboard and Notes

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Here is sharp player intel for Friday football.


Quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggles, throws multiple interceptions Tuesday. There are no stats or video replays at practice. Tannehill definitely threw three interceptions (two to rookie Will Davis and one to Brent Grimes), but writers gave him a fourth interception early in practice when Kheeston Randall leaped up during team drills and appeared to snag a Tannehill pass. default

Source: Palm Beach Post

Miami has a game under their belt having lost the Hall of Fame game to Dallas.

Source: our wallet

Will the first-team offense look better with Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline playing? Wallace and Hartline were held out of the first exhibition game because of minor injuries, but Miami’s starting receivers are expected to play against the Jaguars. The hope is their presence will help Ryan Tannehill look sharper, and the first-team offense perform with better efficiency.

Source: Sun Sentinel

The Cowboys ran the ball 34 times for 170 yards, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Also keep in mind Miami sat potential defensive starters Jared Odrick, Randy Starks, Olivier Vernon and Dannell Ellerbe. That had something to do with the Dolphins’ shaky performance against the run.

Source: ESPN

Receiver Mike Wallace, Miami’s big offseason acquisition, needs time to develop chemistry with Tannehill but missed the preseason scrimmage and opener because of a groin injury. He returned to practice Wednesday (the team was off Thursday) and said he expects to play against the Jaguars.

Source: Palm Beach Post

Jacksonville Jaguars have decided that Blaine Gabbert will be the starting quarterback.

Source: Big Cat Country


Tuesday, Jay Cutler threw four picks.  Defense outplaying offense in camp. Bears struggling to learn new offensive scheme.

Source: sports betting Twitter feed


ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported on NFL Live Tuesday that Michael Vick and Nick Foles are “neck and neck” in the Eagles’ QB battle. Sal Pal added Vick is expected to start the Eagles’ preseason opener.

Source: Rotoworld


The Green Bay Packers may be forced to shuffle their renovated offensive line after starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga reportedly suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Source: Associated Press

Green Bay added depth at RB. Enter second-round draft pick Eddie Lacy of Alabama and fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin of UCLA. They have shared reps with two returners from last season, Alex Green and James Starks. Two of their top three cornerbacks (Tramon Williams and Casey Hayward) remain sidelined.

Source: ESPN

The Arizona Cardinals again were without their top two running backs as training camp resumed Monday following a day off for all the players. Rashard Mendenhall missed his third straight practice with patella tendinitis but returned Tuesday. Ryan Williams remained sidelined with a sore knee. Three other starters – guard Daryn Colledge (nerve irritation), inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (hamstring) and nose tackle Dan Williams (sprained ankle, knee) also missed another practice.  Those who sat out Monday’s practice could miss Friday’s opener as well.

“A bunch of those guys will be iffy for the ball game but they are getting better,” Arians said. “We’ll err on the side of caution.”

Asked how much the starters would play against the Packers, Arians said, “We’re shooting for 15 plays.” “We’ll see how it goes, how far one side of the ball or the other gets stuck going into the second quarter,” he said. “We’ll just see how it plays out, how we’re playing. There are so many young guys that need to be evaluated.”

Source: AP


Starter Marques Colston has yet to practice this camp. Joe Morgan, who appeared to have the lead for the No. 3 receiver spot, went down with an unspecified injury in a scrimmage Saturday.

Source: ESPN


The competition between the two for the starting quarterback job remains tight, and coach Rex Ryan is not sure who will start the preseason opener at Detroit on Friday night. But Ryan added that both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith will work with the first-team offense during the game.

Source: AP

WR Santonio Holmes it out. They are very thin at RB as well.

Source: sports betting Twitter feed

Mark Sanchez will start the Jets’ preseason opener on Friday, with Geno Smith coming off the bench.

Source: Rotoworld

Source: Mary Kay Cabot


Though RB Ben Tate (groin) says that he can play in Friday’s preseason opener, coach Gary Kubiak wants to see how the running back does in practice Wednesday before making that call. Last year he carried 65 times for 279 yards.

Source: Rotowire


Tony Romo expects to make his preseason debut Friday against Oakland.

Source: ESPN Dallas


Joel Dreessen, who led all of the Broncos’ tight ends last season with 863 snaps, or 75.5 percent of the offensive plays, likely will miss the entire preseason.

Source: ESPN

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is out. The 28-year-old Willis, a six-time Pro Bowl choice and six-time Associated Press All-Pro selection in his six NFL seasons.

Source: ESPN



About the Author

Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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