The 2023 NFL season is fast approaching. Leveraging breaking news and injury updates is a secret weapon that sharp bettors have used for years. Twitter (or should we say X now?) has revolutionized the dissemination of this news. The trick is to find the signal in all the noise. We’ve compiled this list of the best NFL beat writers, reporters, and personalities to follow on Twitter with the hope that it will help you stay on top of news and injury alerts. You can leverage tools such as TweetDeck to turn this list into an actionable data screen for your handicapping. We’ve also compiled these into a list that you can use if you follow @UnabatedSports on Twitter.
Bo Brack (@BoBrack) – PHNX Sports: Between training camp, press conferences, and podcasts, Brack provides a legitimate media hub for the Cardinals. He leaves the video to do the talking which is perfect with how much gets lost through translation in today’s expeditious news world.
Johnny Venerable (@JohnnyVenerable) – PHNX Sports: Venerable will not be the first to report news but he is quick to give his two cents. He lives Cardinals football and will fill your timeline with proper analysis on the latest news surrounding the team.
Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) – Cardinals: Team-employed content creator, but has factual information and in-game updates.
Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) – ESPN: Host of the “From The Perch” podcast, Rothstein love to share his thoughts with his following on all things Falcons. The most beneficial aspect of his content is some incredibly detailed rundowns from team practices that can really give you an inside edge on a week-to-week basis.
Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) – WSB: Klein brings his local lens to his Atlanta Falcons coverage, a nice change of pace from ESPN or The Athletic. He also posts plenty of media such as pictures and videos. This can be helpful for reasons like seeing players warm up, watching a quote be said, or even stadium weather.
D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) – Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Good source for gameday and in-game information on Falcons games.
Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) – The Athletic: Zrebiec’s “observations” column shouldn’t be free, it’s as simple as that. He tackles every aspect of the team in his work and won’t let a roster move slip you by.
Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) – ESPN: Hensley is as simple as it gets. He will post countless stats every day while keeping the team updates to the more important information. He has shown through the 2022 preseason that has in-game coverage is quite detailed, as well.
Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) – Baltimore Sun: Gameday source for Ravens information. Typically from inside stadium.
Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) – The Athletic: Buscaglia leaves no stone unturned when looking at the Bills roster. He gives tidbits on every player and makes sure to cover the action on both sides of the football.
Matt Parrino (@MattParrino) – Syracuse.com: Matt Parrino isn’t your average beat writer, but in a good way. He isn’t giving constant information through mundane tweets and constant quotes. He is instead busy hosting his “SHOUT!” podcast while tweeting and retweeting valuable media surrounding the franchise.
Jay Skurski (@JaySkurski) – The Buffalo News: Beat writer, good source for gameday information from the stadium.
Joe Person (@josephperson) – The Athletic: Person did great to keep track of some chippy joint practices with the Patriots. That level of detail out of team practices will be valuable to beat the book to news throughout the week.
Sheena Quick (@Sheena_Marie3) – FOX Sports: Quick was all over Carolina’s quarterback competition between Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield. She called the job “Mayfield’s to lose” in an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, which came to fruition just a few days later. She clearly has her finger on the pulse of the Panthers and is a valuable follow.
Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) & Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) – The Athletic: We’ll make this a combined entry because both Jahns and Fishbain largely work together on their reporting. They leave no stone unturned on anything Bears through tweets, podcasts, and plenty more.
Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) – 670TheScore: Good gameday source with sideline access for injury information and in-play data.
Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) – ESPN: Potentially the best name on this list, Ben is perfectly punctual. Not much opinion or flair here, he will tell it like it is when it comes to info impacting your bet slip.
Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) – The Athletic: Paul is not only a senior writer for Cincinnati but also hosts a podcast for the team as well. He reveals plenty of valuable information through both mediums, making him a vital source on Bengals football.
Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) – Cleveland.com: Mary Kay Cabot is the first to many headlines and did a stellar job covering the Deshaun Watson. Although his situation is settled, she continues to provide valuable information surrounding the franchise on a day-to-day basis.
Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) – The Athletic: Zac brings a fun spin to being an NFL beat writer. He is keen in voicing his opinion on topics, while providing plenty of important insight at training camp thus far. His progress reports will be something to keep tabs with throughout the NFL season.
Todd Archer (@toddarcher) – ESPN: Archer does well to blend facts and some quick-hitting subjective notes in his reporting. He provides plenty of useful numbers during and after games while giving lengthy observations in case you missed the action.
Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) – Dallas Morning News: Gehlken’s a great follow not just for his strong reporting, but his obsession with film and practice videos. He gives strong breakdowns of things you may have missed even from watching the game. His analysis of how Dallas looks on the field can help you further understand their ability down the road.
David Helman (@davidhelman_) – Fox Sports: Helman always has gameday information on the Cowboys and attends most games home/away.
Mike Klis (@mikeklis) – 9NEWS: Klis does well to capture the overarching narrative surrounding the team. He has covered player competitions plus the tough decision to play or rest starters throughout preseason. It’s a refreshing angle that keeps you up to date on the inner workings of the organization.
Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) – Denver7: Renck’s on-air sideline reporting is reason enough to give him a follow. He doesn’t miss a beat on varying topics surrounding the Broncos and makes sure you won’t either.
Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) – 104.3 TheFan: Beat reporter and good source of injury, team, and game information from the stadium on gameday.
Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) – Detroit Free Press: Birkett is old-school, ripping out article after article for the DFP. He really goes into the weeds there and often drop nuggets that can take time to find national media attention.
Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) – Detroit News: Rogers is a sneaky good follow when it comes to player availability. He virtually named the status of every player throughout preseason, something that’s pivotal to understanding if a line is off.
Green Bay Packers
Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Silverstein takes most of his intel to packersnews.com, but still provides plenty of by-the-minute reports. It’s a solid balance of big picture pieces along with tweets that will keep you in the know at Lambeau.
Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) – ESPN: Demovsky has been covering the Packers for 25 seasons and certainly knows the ins and outs of the franchise. If you are looking for complete roster coverage of the Packers, he is all over it. You won’t miss a single injury, release, or free-agent acquisition with Rob on your timeline.
Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) – The Athletic: Matt attends most games both home/away and is a great source on gameday.
Jonathan M. Alexander (@jonmalexander) & Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) – Houston Chronicle: Following the retirement of John McClain, there’s a new beat in town for the Texans. Alexander and Kubena are building their reputation and do well to answer the plethora of position competitions taking place in Houston on a column together.
Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) – FOX59 Sports: Chappell does well to get quotes from general managers all the way down to players fighting for roster spots. He’s quick to the point on Twitter but goes much more in-depth on the Colts Blue Zone Podcast.
Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) – ESPN: Holder does not limit himself to just Colts coverage. He does well to also break down the opposition and how they are looking in joint practices or how they will match up. It’s a unique way of running your beat and it can provide some week-to-week value for any bettor.
Andrew Walker (@AWalkerColts) – Colts: A writer employed by the team, it won’t always be breaking news, but it will always be solid and factual.
Hays Carlyon (@HaysCarlyon) – 1010 XL: Carlyon is another reporter who leans on a more concise style on Twitter. He’s great to have for play-by-play during games and a sexy state here or there.
Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) – Florida Times-Union: Harvey is a fan of two things that bettors love: numbers and film. He likes to litter his feed with both so if those are areas that you look for to find your edge, Harvey’s your man.
John Shipley (@_John_Shipley) – JaguarReport: John is a great source for gameday information related to the Jaguars.
Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) – Chiefs Digest: It’s a good all-around blend of quotes, injury news, and roster moves from Derrick each day. He’s written an entire book on Patrick Mahomes so he knows both the star quarterback and the team through and through.
Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) – ESPN: Teicher mostly reports injury news and no extra fluff, which makes him a perfect follow if that’s all you are looking for. That may make him a solid candidate for notifications as well.
Ed Easton Jr. (@EdEastonJr) – USA Today: Great source for in-stadium gameday information on the Chiefs.
Las Vegas Raiders
Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) – The Athletic: Tafur rips off observation after observation at each team practice to the point where they may be more valuable for a fantasy football manager than anyone else. As for sports bettors, he still does plenty to provide injury information and roster changes that can shift odds.
Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) – The Athletic: Reed is a fun personality on the Raiders beat. He often informs in a light-hearted way and isn’t afraid to give his two cents when it comes to stories surrounding the team.
Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) – Las Vegas Review Journal: Gameday reporter for the Raiders. Good source of game information from the stadium.
Los Angeles Chargers
Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) – ESPN: Constantly lingering around training camp, Thiry is keen to grab the things most would miss on video at training camp, a valuable skill. Her reporting is top-notch as well, making her a great choice.
Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) – The Athletic: Popper releases training camp reports every day and they are worth their weight in gold. The bigger headlines will make their way to your timeline, but taking the time to comb through the daily reports will be worth your while.
Los Angeles Rams
Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) – O.C. Register: Manzano isn’t incredibly well-known on the Rams beat, but he pumps out plenty of information regarding the team. He also shares his thoughts and analysis on his casual podcast, “Compas On The Beat.”
Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) – The Athletic: Lauded by some on Twitter as one of the best beat writers in the country, we’d have to agree. Rodrigue is a podcast host, keeps up with all team moves and press conferences, while throwing together some well-written color pieces. She’s a must-follow for Rams content.
Gary Klein (@LATimesklein)- Los Angeles Times: Good gameday in-stadium source for team information and game updates.
David Furones (@DavidFurones_) – Sun Sentinel: Every decision made by non-conventional first-year head coach Mike McDaniel is under a microscope this season and Furones knows that. He puts an emphasis on McDaniel’s thought process through his reporting while providing an all-around strong beat.
Joe Schad (@schadjoe) – Palm Beach Post: Schad runs a beat that is very centric on quotes and stats. It’s truly all you need as a bettor to find the information that can help you find a theoretical edge.
Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) – St. Paul Pioneer Press: From backup quarterback competition analysis to loads of quotes from coaches and players, Tomasson runs a balanced beat. He not only gives his followers information but goes a step further in analyzing what it entails.
Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) – The Athletic: Hasan is a fun follow because he tweets as a fan would if they were covering the team. He throws in humor and some opinion to a beat that will inform you while maintaining an upbeat theme.
Lindsey Young (@LindseyMNSports) – Vikings: Team employee but good source of gameday information and factual injury information.
New England Patriots
Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) – ESPN: Reiss can often be seen making television appearances on ESPN throughout the season. He goes in-depth with some talking points following every game on Twitter as well. He’s the go-to for New England’s in-depth coverage.
Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) – NBC Sports: Postgame reactions, team stock risers and fallers, and light film study are just some of the things you’ll get from following Phil Perry. He covers all the bases for the Patriots beat and merits a follow.
New Orleans Saints
Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) – ESPN: Between Michael Thomas and Jameis Winston, having a Saints beat writer who puts a focus into injuries is key. Triplett does just that, leaving you with the most up-to-date information surrounding availability among the team’s roster.
Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) – ESPN: Terrell is solid on the beat in her own right, but she retweets tons of useful stuff as well. Anything important on the Saints will hit your timeline, whether it’s from Terrell or not. That’s an underutilized part of being a beat writer she has down to a science.
Luke Johnson (@ByLukeJohnson) – New Orleans Advocate: Good gameday source for in-stadium information.
New York Giants
Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) – New York Post: Schwartz won’t bombard your feed with news, rather he’ll tweet out his articles where you can dig for necessary information. A classic beat from someone who has been on the job since 1994.
Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) – The Athletic: If you like an incredibly clean beat, Duggan is your man. He creates threads on related tweets, is clear with his wording, and takes plenty of notes from practice each day.
New York Jets
Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) – ESPN: Cimini is a top insider for the Jets with a strong blend of qualitative and quantitative info. You’ll find him tweeting snap counts and practice stats along with quotes from players and injury updates on the regular.
Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) – New York Post: Costello is a perfect complement to Cimini for your timeline. He brings more opinionated content that will give you a truly honest perspective on the organization.
Zach Berman (@ZBerm) – The Athletic: Berman doesn’t just cover the team, but he also covers the matchup. He does well to analyze from both sides of the Eagles and their opponent while also being a go-to source for team injury news.
Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) – Philadelphia Inquirer: Jeff is a poster boy for what you are looking for in a beat writer. His observations, photography, and injury news are everything a sports bettor could desire to have on their timeline about any given team.
Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) – Philly Voice: Good source of gameday information, attends home games and some away games.
Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) – The Athletic: Between Pat McAfee Show appearances and training camp reports, Kaboly provides perfect color and insight to the Steelers beat. He certainly understands the culture of the historic franchise as he’s been their beat writer for 20 years.
Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) – DK Pittsburgh Sports: Similar to Kaboly, Lolley has been on the beat for three decades and understands the history surrounding the franchise. He is unlike Kaboly in that he is straight to the point with his tweets. You won’t find a ton of color here, but plenty of information that will help you beat the market.
San Francisco 49ers
Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) – San Francisco Chronicle: Branch harps takeaways and observations from both games and practices. These can help set the barometer on the 49ers each week which can be helpful if you miss the action.
David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) – The Athletic: Lombardi brings a unique feature to help you this preseason with a Google Sheet of the full 90-man roster. It’s incredibly in-depth and helpful, as is his daily reporting on the franchise.
Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) – Sports Illustrated : Provides good information in-game on injuries and player updates.
Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) – The Seattle Times: With both quarterback and backfield drama, Condotta has had his hands full this offseason. He has handled it brilliantly and you’ll want his reporting once the Seahawks announce a starting quarterback and running back this season.
Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) – Tacoma News Tribune: Bell also thrives when it comes to depth chart and injury concerns. He also gives post game sideline reports following games on his biggest takeaways from the action. Plenty of goodies provided by Bell for him to make this list.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Greg Auman (@gregauman) – The Athletic: Greg is a quintessential neutral around an organization that has higher hopes than it’s ever seen. He is quick to respond to inquiring minds in the replies to his tweets, which is a major plus. He is well worth a follow and is often first to Bucs headlines.
Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) – Tampa Bay Times: Stroud gives strong information, whether it be press conferences, practices, or injury updates. He is straight to the point and often slings a retweet or two that can prove to be informative. He’s first to a lot out of One Buc Place, which makes him well worth the follow.
PewterReport (@PewterReport) – PewterReport.com: Offers a lot of gameday insight on Bucs games.
Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) – TennesseeTitans.com: You won’t miss a thing the Titans are doing if Jim Wyatt is there! He is constantly videoing practice, press conferences, and anything else of importance throughout a typical day.
Terry McCormack (@terrymc13) – TitanInsider.com: McCormack does not beat around the bush on his Twitter. He is a blunt, quick-hitting reporter that will get you the information you need every single time.
Turron Davenport (@TDavenport_NFL) – ESPN: Good gameday source, typically from inside the stadium.
Ben Standig (@BenStandig) – The Athletic: Standig lets the quotes and film do the talking. He is constantly on the sidelines, whether it’s filming training camp or getting valuable quotes from coaches. He is worth having on your timeline to benefit your bottom line this NFL season.
John Keim (@john_keim) – ESPN: Keim is a perfect all-around beat writer for Washington. He posts practice schedules each morning, YouTube clips highlighting top reports, and tweets news and analysis each day. His podcast is worth a listen and his Twitter account is among Washington’s best.
Best NFL Twitter Follows for League Information
It probably goes without saying, but the best sources of official league-wide information or breaking news are Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) and Ian Rappaport (@RapSheet). These two both of followings in the millions, so chances are, you already knew this.
In addition to these sources, TweetDeck will be your best asset for football season. TweetDeck is a Twitter dashboard that automatically shows the latest tweets and can be tailored to your needs. Twitter Lists are also your friend. To get you started, we’ve compiled all the above in this list from @UnabatedSports.
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