Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM
And first the good news ...This will be the last weekend without football till February and so make sure you're all caught up to date:
Clean out those basements and garages, ride out the lawn mower for a quick spin in the back yard and drop by to say hi to your in-laws 'cause, ladies and gentlemen, beginning on Sunday, August 5th FOOTBALL IS BACK! Click Here To sign up for the 2012 Regular season, and get the Preseason FREE!
The National Football League's annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton will pit the Arizona Cardinals against the bounty-busted New Orleans Saints in prime time on the evening of Aug. 5, 2012 and so let's get everything in order before settling in for another exciting pigskin season. Okay?
No doubt the theme for much of the league is old faces-in-new places as Peyton Manning now is the #1 quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow is the alleged back-up/wildcat quarterback with the New York Jets and Super Bowl 46 star WR Mario Manningham hopes to be a pass-catching savior this year for the San Francisco 49ers.
And there's more!
In today's edition of Jim Sez - with an eye on the opening this week of all 32 NFL training camps - we zip 'round the league and check out Key Personnel Moves as we weigh in on a slew of teams here, so let's get the engines all revved up:
The New York Jets continue to insist that the aforementioned Tebow will play plenty -- although the "20 snaps a game" estimate from head coach Rex Ryan might have been overstating matters!
The truth is Tebow could become a short-yardage specialist for the J-E-T-S or he could be asked to make some change-of-pace passes while starting QB Mark Sanchez gets some occasional "rest" but note that when Jets camp opens Thursday the talk of SUNY-Cortland in upstate New York will be Tebow 'round the clock and get ready to tire of all the Tebow chatter sooner rather than later.
P.S., Tebow enters camp now weighing more than one-time dough-boy Ryan who is down to 242 pounds after losing 106 pounds the past few months (thanks in large part to lap band surgery) while Tebow currently tips the scales at 249 pounds and so no wonder there is some sentiment to the one-time Heisman Trophy winner getting some straight handoffs out of the backfield in 2012. Could happen.
The fact that three-time league MVP Manning is gonzo from Indianapolis (thank goodness we all don't have to live through that daily drama anymore, right?) and now positioned to lead the Broncos makes him Public Enemy No. 1 for fellow divisional foes but dare we say expectations for Manning and Company will be too high this year?
Everyone's been hearing about how Manning has been working out with many of his Denver wide receivers/tight ends in recent weeks but will this Denver offensive line starring newly minted LT Ryan Clady (see five-year, $50-million deal that will get signed today/tomorrow) needs a few games (or more) to get acclimated to Manning being in their pocket and not Mr. Tebow?
Keep an eye on developments in training camp right from the proverbial get-go as Manning could struggle at times while looking to set up and so don't be so quick to believe the Broncos will rule the AFC West just like that!
The Tampa Bay Bucs - it was said last April - won the SS Mark Barron Sweepstakes because the Alabama defensive back was the fastest riser on the draft boards in the days leading up to that spectacle but now that he's signed a five-year deal we must ask whether everyone should have been buying the hype.
Consider that first-year Bucs boss Greg Schiano badly wanted/needed a real hitter in the team's wobbly secondary and Barron surely fit the bill but the seventh overall choice in the 2012 NFL Draft - a finalist for last year's Thorpe Award - didn't exactly play a slew of sophisticated passing offense in the SEC these past couple of years and could be duped by the deep passes by folks inside this division (yes, Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans will all challenge Barron immediately).
Nobody here in this corner of the world thinks Barron will be a bust, mind you, but don't expect instant miracles on a team with a new coach, new defensive scheme and lots of new players on "D". It may take Barron a year or so to full plunge into NFL life.
When the San Francisco 49ers signed WR Manningham to a free-agent two-year contract back on March 22nd it did more than raise just a few eyebrows considering his was the sideline catch of an Eli Manning pass that set the New York Giants up for the go-ahead, game-winning touchdown but the fact the Niners this past off-season also signed first-round draftee WR A.J. Jenkins (Illinois) and WR Randy Moss - remember him? - means Jim Harbaugh's club has a clean slate when it comes to the wide-out corps.
Hey, you recall that in last year's NFC Championship Game 20-17 overtime home loss the Niners' wide receivers caught zero balls in regulation play and just one for the game (that by WR Michael Crabtree) and so despite the fact Manningham's been known to drop a few passes he figures to be a key ingredient for San Fran QB Alex Smith to say nothing of the heat he figures to remove from an overworked Niners' running game.
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are gearing up for a big-time NFL Preseason run and we'll get you started with the Side & Totals Winners of this year's Hall of Fame Game in Canton - again, that's the Saints vs. the Cardinals - on Sunday, August 5th. It promises to be a lucrative summer time of pigskin fun for Jim and his clients and so don't miss out on all the profits - we'll be rollin' in the green with NFL Preseason Winners in less than three weeks time! So be sure to check in with us either right here online or else at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 for all the upcoming College & NFL Winners plus get all the daily and nightly MLB winners too.
NOTE: Lots more NFL and NCAA Football chatter all this week here at Jim Sez, so don't miss out!