This week marks the start of the second year of legal NFL betting in New Jersey, which launched just prior to the start of the 2018 season.

Online sportsbooks have been up and running in New Jersey for over 12 months now, with over 16 operators currently accepting online bets through the web and mobile apps.

Everyone is familiar with the big players and casino brands, but I thought it would be wise to call attention to some of the newer or under-the-radar apps that are worth checking out if you're looking for a new place to lay action or for some unique promotions and bonuses.

Over at Crossing Broad, we have a full list of the best NJ betting sites, but here are a few that are worth checking out.

PointsBet

We like PointsBet a lot.

An Australian company, PointsBet launched late last NFL season without a ton of fanfare and has moved its headquarters to North Jersey. They're quickly making a name for themselves in the US betting space.

Available predominantly in New Jersey right now, they feature the best customer service in the industry, a user friendly experience, and excellent technology. And they offer "pointsbetting", which allows you to win or lose a multiplier of your bet on over-under type props. They are also known for their Karma Committee payouts and typically dole out tons of free bets over the course of the season.

You really can not go wrong with PointsBet and you'll likely be hearing a lot more about them soon.

William Hill

While you've probably heard of William Hill, as they brand several physical sportsbooks in New Jersey and elsewhere, the old time UK-based betting brand recently updated their app to an all new platform. It looks mostly the same, but functionality is greatly improved.

There are added modern touches, and there is a renewed focus on live and prop bets.

An established and trusted brand, William Hill has now brought their app into 2019 and is worth checking out if you were disappointed or put off by what they had available last year.

BetMGM

Sure, this is a big name, but the playMGM app recently rebranded to BetMGM with a renewed focus on the online experience.

Last year, MGM's betting app also-ran in New Jersey, but this season they have come out of the gate swinging with aggressive 100-1 odds boosts on select preseason games, an all new platform, and a better online experience. While it's not as good as PointsBet in terms of technology and customer friendliness, we are impressed by what BetMGM has put together. And it is an intriguing option for players with MGM accounts, as there is a shared wallet between their sportsbook and online casino options.

Those are just a few of the options available, but all are worth checking out heading into NFL season.