Gambling website Bovada released its odds for the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award on Monday, but don't spend too much time looking for Josh Norman's name, becuase he's not on it.
There are 27 players on Bovada's list, and at the top are the stars you'd expect, like JJ Watt and Khalil Mack:
As you move further down on the release, however, that's where some issues sprout up. Myles Garrett, for example, was the No. 1 overall pick and could become a great Brown (is that an oxymoron?), but it feels bold to have him up as high as Bovada does.
Keanu Neal is another guy who is well on his way to a very productive career with the Falcons, but does the second-year safety really come to mind before Norman when thinking of potential DPOY winners?
It'd be silly to try and pinpoint an exact spot for the Redskins corner, but the fact that he was totally left off the list is wrong. He was fourth in voting after his standout 2015 season with the Panthers, after all, and he isn't 30 yet.
Perhaps he's being docked for his lack of interceptions or high penalty numbers, but No. 24 was still involved in plenty of plays in 2016 and will surely pick off more passes in 2017 if he's around the ball as much as he was in his first go-round in Washington. Plus, his supporting cast figures to be better, especially in the secondary, where he'll have two new safeties behind him.
At times since joining the Redskins, it seems like Norman has been unfairly slighted, and Bovada's odds are another instance of that. But if he comes down with a few more opponent passes while working with a stronger defense this year, you should see his name much higher up on this same list at the end of the season, even if it wasn't on it at the beginning.