In the 2012 NFL football wagering season, Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, had quite a record. According to a top NFL analyst at YouWager, he completed 401 of 637 pass attempts for 4,827 yards with 34 touchdowns and threw eight interceptions. Seven players on his team were thrown to at least 20 times.
Now, due to free agency deals, surgeries, and a murder investigation, six of those players may not be around when Brady begins the 2013 season, YouWager’s expert points out. It’s easy to see why the theories about Tebow performing as a tight end for the Patriots are circulating among the online betting community. Two players are gone for good. Wes Welker, New England’s record-breaking receiver walked away to sign a two-year, $12 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Danny Woodhead, the adaptable running back, caught 40 passes in the 2012 football betting season, but he is now with the San Diego Chargers.
The Patriots released Brandon Lloyd, Brady’s second-favorite target, and the Pats have not re-signed Deion Branch. Branch made 16 receptions in 10 games with the team.
As most serious YouWager bettors are aware, Rob Gronkowski missed five of the last six-regular season games in 2012, due to a fractured forearm, He still managed to catch 55 passes for 790 yards, and score 11 touchdown receptions. Since January, Gronkowski has had three surgeries, on his forearm, and last week, he had back surgery. It’s not likely at this point to expect Gronkowski to recover in time to start the regular season, YouWager’s prognosticator predicts. Aside from the homicide investigation, Aaron Hernandez is also recovering from injury. Depending on the investigation, Hernandez could even be out for ever.
What is New England going to do for receivers?
According to a YouWager news source, the club signed Danny Amendola, an undrafted free agent. If Amendola can stay healthy, some sportsbook bettors think he could be good for 100 receptions. The Patriots also re-signed Julian Edelman,
who made 21 receptions for 235 yards and three touchdowns in 2012 before he fractured his foot. Michael Jenkins could be in the mix that also includes restricted free agent Donald Jones, from the Buffalo Bills. Then there are 2013 draft picks, Aaron Dobson, and Josh Boyce. And New England claimed the injured Jake Ballard, off waivers, from the New York Giants. While the Patriots did not draft a tight end, they signed former Nevada tight end Zach Sudfeld as a “priority free agent” after the draft.
Woodhead might be replaced at running back by Shane Vereen, a versatile 2011 second-round pick who caught 74 passes for 674 yards and two touchdowns during his college career at California. The Pats also have Leon Washington, a veteran running back who caught 47 passes in 2008 when he playing for the New York Jets.
So YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans shouldn’t be too concerned. It looks like success for the New England Patriots in 2013 will not depend on Tim Tebow.