Published: April 26th, 2010 | Tags: Darren Sproles, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jahvid Best, LaDainian Tomlinson, Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers, Scott Linehan, Tim Tebow
New Broncos QB Tim Tebow is generating ticket sales — in Jacksonville.
Tebow is the only thing more popular than Lynyrd Skynyrd in Jacksonville. God, guns and Tebow if you will. So the Jaguars’ season opener against the Broncos on Sept. 12 suddenly became the hot ticket in town when Denver selected the Florida quarterback in the first round of the draft.
The phones have been ringing off the hook since. Group sales manager Robert Tilka told the Orlando Sentinel that he could not quantify how much of an impact Tebow has been making. But for a team that has trouble avoiding blackouts, it doesn’t take much to connect the dots here.
“We have had a significant amount of more calls coming in,” Tilka said. Which might be as big of an understatement as saying that Drew Brees throws for a significant amount of yards.
Other news making its way Around the Web on a Monday:
- Chargers coach Norv Turner was the team’s offensive coordinator when LaDainian Tomlinson was a rookie. Turner told the San Diego Union-Tribune that rookie RB Ryan Mathews will have an advantage because he is joining a significantly better team than Tomlinson had as a rookie. Turner expects Mathews to have 250 carries and 40 catches, with Darren Sproles remaining the team’s third-down back. Remember that for your fantasy drafts (in three months).
- Sticking with rookie running backs, expect a lot out of Lions RB Jahvid Best. The Detroit News writes that offensive coordinator Scott Linehan loved Best when he was a senior at Cal, saying Best was “everything we’re looking for” at running back. Linehan even jokingly threatened team president Tom Lewand while he was making the deal to move up to get Best. Yeah, I would have like to have seen Linehan try that with former president Matt Millen.
- Steelers WR Mike Wallace told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he wants to make the Pro Bowl this season. Either he is anticipating a huge season, or he is expecting a lot of people to drop out of the Pro Bowl like last year. But Wallace had a great rookie season, so you can expect him to thrive with Santonio Holmes departure. Again, remember that in your fantasy drafts. In fact, remember those last three nuggets.