2013 NFL Prop Bets: Denard Robinson running Wildcat for Jaguars

denard-robinson-wildcatRookie Denard Robinson doesn’t have a set position on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster. In fact, it’s still unclear exactly where he’ll play on the field when the 2013-14 NFL season starts. Despite this consideration, Robinson will no doubt make an impact on offense – especially now that he’s running the Wildcat.

The former University of Michigan quarterback was seen taking snaps in Jacksonville’s Wildcat package earlier this week. Robinson did everything from hand off to RB Maurice Jones-Drew to throwing completions and running himself out of the formation. Given his versatility, it’s no wonder why the speedster is listed under “Offensive Weapon” (OW) on the Jacksonville roster.

If you’re interested in making any 2014 NFL prop bets, Robinson might be a good pick to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. GTBets.eu currently has him listed at 12-to-1 odds of winning, which isn’t tremendously far off leaders Montee Ball (DEN) and Tavon Austin (STL), who are both sitting at 9-to-2 odds of winning.

But even with the hype that he’s being given in the betting world and press, there’s still work to be done before Robinson is a polished Wildcat star. Head coach Gus Bradley alluded to this when he discussed ball security issues in recent organized team activities.

“We did it in OTAs, and a couple of times, he ran the ball and fumbled the ball and he didn’t know how to pitch.” Bradley added, “We’re not going to give up on that. (Offensive coordinator) Jedd’s (Fisch) philosophy is to get it in the playmaker’s hands, and we want to see if he’s a playmaker and the threat he can give us.”

denard-robinson-wildcat-1In addition to doing Wildcat plays, there’s a strong chance that Robinson could be returning kickoffs and/or punts. So the options seem endless with this rookie, especially given how badly Jacksonville needs playmakers.

Despite being just a fifth round pick, the 6-foot, 200-pounder could end up making the biggest impact of any Jacksonville rookie. Robinson runs a 4.35 forty and has shown a nice array of skills, from catching passes to throwing them.

After setting multiple records at Michigan, including 502 total offensive yards against Notre Dame in 2010, Robinson appears ready to impress at the next level. The only question is if he can succeed in a Jacksonville offense that lacks any weapons beyond WR Justin Blackmon and Jones-Drew.

The quarterback situation is ugly, with Blaine Gabbert competing against Chad Henne for the starting job. Depending upon how this situation develops, we might see the Jaguars utilize Robinson in the Wildcat quite often, much like the Miami Dolphins did with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams in 2008.

Once again, if you’re looking to make some prop bets before the NFL season starts, you might give Denard Robinson a look in the Offensive Rookie of the Year category.

Tim Tebow hated by Belichick, Rest of NFL

tim-tebowIn theory, Tim Tebow embodies what the stereotypical pro athlete/role model is supposed to be: hard-working, selfless, team-oriented and a proven winner. Nevertheless, this rare combination has earned Tebow nothing but disrespect and contempt from the majority of the NFL.

Terrell Suggs called him “terrible.” Kordell Stewart said Tebow playing QB is a “slap in the face” to other great quarterbacks. Most recently, Bill Belicheck said he “hates” Tebow as a player. Even his own teammates turned on him as anonymous Jets players completely ripped number 15.

tim-tebow-1The borderline hatred that this collection of high-profile NFL names have spewed generally reflects what the entire league thinks of Tebow. Players, coaches and the media despise the constant attention he receives and feel as if his mere presence on an NFL roster cheapens the profession. Furthermore, they can’t stand the media circus that accompanies Tebow wherever he goes.

So is all of the hate and disrespect warranted? The truth is that Tebow has never really done anything wrong from a moral standpoint. But his peers have tired of the clean-shaven, straight-laced, Captain America persona he emits. Furthermore, they can’t stand his cult-like following or how he practically rubs religion in the world’s face. But above all, it’s Tebow’s awkward, unconventional style and awful throwing mechanics that has the talking heads bashing his every move.

tim-tebow-2In the eyes of media members and coaches, there’s nothing more wrong than Tim Tebow throwing a football. His accuracy is bad, the delivery is off, and he can’t find anybody downfield. But through it all, Tebow has found success…when he’s actually seen the field.

After the Denver Broncos defied logic by taking Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the devout Christian responded by throwing for 654 yards, 5 TD’s, 3 INT’s, and rushing for 227 yards and another 6 TD’s in three starts.

The following season was even better as he took over a 1-4 team and led them to the playoffs. During this dream run, Tebow passed for 1,729 yards, 12 TD’s, 6 INT’s, and ran for 660 yards and 6 TD’s. Perhaps more important than all of this is that he actually led Denver to a playoff victory – something which even Peyton Manning didn’t do.

tim-tebow-3The only time that Tebow didn’t manufacture wins was in New York, where he warmed the bench for Mark Sanchez. For all of the hype surrounding Tebow entering 2012, he produced a measly 75 passing yards, 102 rushing yards and zero touchdowns.

Many fans called for Tebow to see the field after Sanchez struggled mightily in a season that saw him produce 13 TD’s, 18 INT’s, 14 fumbles and a 54.3% completion rate. But when it came time to replace the inconsistent Sanchez, it was seventh round draft pick Greg McElroy calling the signals – not Tebow.

After the failed experiment in New York, Tim Tebow is a free agent looking for his next home. However, the question is, who will give him another shot?

Much of the league seems to be anti-Tebow, so his available choices are quite limited. With Belichick not a fan of his play, perhaps the San Francisco 49ers or Jacksonville Jaguars could be potential stops for Tebow. The Niners are a good option because they already have an unquestioned starter in Colin Kaepernick – unlike the Jets with Sanchez – and Tebow wouldn’t come in with any expectations.

In Jacksonville, Tebow could even see significant playing time because the Jags have no clear starting QB. Plus this is right in his backyard, near where he starred with the Florida Gators.

Whatever the case may be, it’ll be interesting to see what NFL team, if any, decides to take on the Tim Tebow experiment.