If all of your favorite team’s star players are still healthy, it may be a good idea to avoid Twitter for a while. Players are dropping faster than a John Ross 40.
We’re a little over a week into NFL training camps and already many key players are dealing with injuries, some of which are season-ending. The two biggest names to go down are Joe Flacco and Ryan Tannehill, and their injuries have spurred rumors of a Colin Kaepernick signing, and even a potential Jay Cutler comeback. (We care about you, too, Dominique Easley; but your injury has just yet to inspire the potential return of the DT equivalent of Jay Cutler, which I guess would be … Albert Haynesworth?)
That’s right! Your favorite cigarette-smokin’, interception-throwin’, ass-revealin’, GT-ridin’, team-jet-flyin’ son-of-a-gun is having a hard time holding his alligators down. (Can I get two-claps and a Ric Flair?) Though Jay Cutler is currently preparing for a broadcasting gig with FOX, the former Bear has been in contact with the Dolphins in the wake of Tannehill’s (likely season-ending) knee injury.
Will Cutler put the headset to the side and make a comeback with the Dolphins? Or will Miami roll with backup Matt Moore? And what about the Ravens? Will Flacco be ready for Week 1? Will Baltimore finally sign Kaepernick? To save you from turning to Twitter for answers, which comes with all sorts of dangerous side effects, we’ve provided you with the odds for each.
RAVENS 2017 QB ODDS
Odds Joe Flacco starts Week 1: 3/7
Over/under total starts for Flacco in 2017: 14.5
Flacco injured his back while lifting and has yet to participate in any Training Camp activities yet. But Ravens HC John Harbaugh has told the media his QB is starting to feel better, and he should rejoin the team shortly. It’s likely the Ravens will hold Flacco out until perhaps the final preseason game to ensure this doesn’t become a lingering issue. I wouldn’t expect to see anyone other than Flacco under center for Week 1, though.
Odds the Ravens sign Colin Kaepernick: 5/2
Odds Kaepernick is on an NFL roster Week 1: 2/1
Odds Kaepernick starts a game in 2017: 3/1
As Richard Sherman has proclaimed, and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti confirmed, Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent for reasons beyond football. If Kaepernick was a bad football player, like some have tried to suggest, then why would Bisciotti need to ask Ravens fans for their opinion on signing him?
Now that Joe Flacco is apparently close to returning, and the Ravens have already made a complete mess of the situation, the odds of Kaepernick being a Raven in 2017 continue to dip. I suppose it’s going to take more than a backup QB getting into legal trouble and multiple starting QBs getting injured for the former NFC Champion pivot to get a job again in the NFL.
Oh Rich, you forgot Tom Savage, Sam Bradford, and Brian Hoyer.
DOLPHINS 2017 QB ODDS
Odds Ryan Tannehill undergoes season-ending knee surgery: 1/2
Do you know what Tannehill had planned to become before his NFL dreams were realized? An orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee injuries. So expect the 29-year-old to not only have an opinion in the matter, but to also be very aware of what would be best for the long-term health of his knee.
Tannehill opted against having surgery to repair the partial ACL tear he suffered late last season, instead using the offseason to rehabilitate it. Obviously, that wasn’t the correct response; don’t expect him to make the same mistake twice.
Odds Matt Moore starts Week 1: 1/1
Odds the Dolphins sign Jay Cutler: 1/1
Odds the Dolphins trade for Brock Osweiler: 19/1
Cutler enjoyed his best season as a pro when playing in an Adam Gase offense in 2015, posting a career-best 92.3 passer rating. And we’re still unsure whether Matt Moore is anything more than a reliable backup. We’ll know Gase’s opinion on that if Miami signs Cutler; there’s no way Jay is leaving his broadcasting gig with FOX to sit on the bench for less-than-starter money.