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[FTB] Aug 11, 2017

NFL Preseason Betting Notes: Best quarterbacks to back in August

By Gracenote

Knowing who qualifies as a so-so starter but a sensational performer in the preseason can be valuable information for NFL bettors this August.

Here's a quick look at three backup QBs who shine brightest this time of year. One additional note here - quarterbacks who have been starters for the majority of their careers were dismissed from qualifying in our list. Starters only play significant time in Week 3 and even then coaches appear to be lightening the number of snaps their No. 1 guys get.

Colt McCoy

Current team: Washington Redskins

Preseason career stats: 92.8 QB rating, 68 percent completion percentage

The former Texas Longhorn and Heisman finalist has carved out a career for himself as a reliable backup and spot starter in the pros. McCoy is entering his fourth season in Washington and he's well versed in head coach Jay Gruden's offence. The Redskins are 7-3 ATS in preseason games McCoy has appeared in.

NFL teams are a collective 15-10 ATS and the over is 14-11 in preseason games McCoy has either started or played in.

Luke McCown

Current team: Dallas Cowboys

Preseason career stats: 92.9 QB rating, 27 TD/7 INT*

The asterisk is to indicate McCown stats only go back as far as 2007. He put up some numbers in the preseason in 2005 and 2006 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but that was before NFL stat guys recorded game logs in August games.

McCown has been compiling stats in pro exhibition contests since 2004 and his teams are 21-18-2 in games he's made appearances in. The over is 24-17 in those 41 preseason games.

McCown didn't play for the 'Boys in the Hall of Fame game but bettors should expect him to see some game action this week when Dallas visits Los Angeles to face the Rams on Saturday.

AJ McCarron

Current team: Cincinnati Bengals

Preseason career stats: 99.4 QB rating, 7.7 yards per attempt

McCarron is the new kid on the block with just two years of preseason action under his belt. He's put up great numbers but the Bengals are 3-4 ATS and the over is 2-5 in McCarron's seven preseason contests.
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