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The Michael Holley Podcast with DraftKings CEO Jason Robins

The Michael Holley Podcast with DraftKings CEO Jason Robins

On this episode of The Michael Holley Podcast, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins joins the show to discuss how he got his start in the business, what it was like to create a startup in the fantasy industry, the biggest obstacles he has faced, and the best concert he has ever been to.

1:10: What's the easiest money that Robins has ever made?

2:20: Holley and Robins discuss how Robins got so into fantasy, and why the fantasy draft is the best part of participating in a fantasy league.

5:00: Robins talks about what he wanted to be when he grew up and how he got into statistics and fantasy sports.

6:10: Robins recounts choosing his path while attending Duke.

8:40: What was the moment that Robins figured out that he figured out he wanted to start his own company?

11:00: Why it was the right time to start DraftKings.

12:20: An idea Robins had that never would have actually worked out.

14:00: Were you ready for all the attention you received after DraftKings took off?

15:35: What it was like dealing with controversy surrounding the business.

16:55: Robins offers his takes on the media and media coverage.

20:25: The future of legalized sports betting.

22:05: The best thing that DraftKings does right now.

24:34: How the Patriots have fared versus the spread recently.

25:20: The best concert Robins has ever been to.

25:55: The best Beatles album.

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Updated Patriots cornerback depth chart after Michael Jackson trade with Lions

Updated Patriots cornerback depth chart after Michael Jackson trade with Lions

The New England Patriots added even more depth to an elite group of cornerbacks Sunday by acquiring Michael Jackson in a trade with the Detroit Lions.

Jackson, who's listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. The Detroit Lions signed him off the Cowboys practice squad last season and he played in one game for the NFC North team.

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Here's an updated look at the Patriots' cornerback depth chart with Jackson in the fold:

--Stephon Gilmore
--Jason McCourty
--J.C. Jackson
--Jonathan Jones
--Joejuan Williams
--Michael Jackson
--Myles Bryant
--D’Angelo Ross

It should be noted that Justin Bethel is listed at cornerback, but most of his snaps come on special teams. 

A strong case could be made that cornerback is the deepest position on the Patriots roster. The group is led by Stephon Gilmore, who became the first Patriot ever to win the AP's NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2019. Gilmore is the league's best cornerback and has earned first team All-Pro selections in back-to-back seasons. 

He's not the only talented cornerback in the Patriots secondary, though. 

J.C. Jackson excelled in coverage last season, too, especially on passes beyond 20 yards. In fact, Jackson had the lowest passer rating allowed when targeted of all cornerbacks in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.

One of the most intriguing players in the Patriots secondary is second-year cornerback Joejuan Williams. He was a second-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2019 but saw limited playing time as a rookie.

The depth of the Patriots defense has been hit hard in recent months due to free agent departures and veterans opting out of the 2020 season amid concerns over COVID-19. One position that has remained largely intact is cornerback, and barring any significant injuries, it could be the team's most productive position this coming season.

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

The New England Patriots have added another cornerback to their depth chart.

On Sunday, they announced they've acquired Michael Jackson from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2022 draft pick.


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Jackson was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft (158th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys out of Miami. He started his rookie season on Dallas' practice squad before being signed by Detroit.

The 23-year-old played in only one game last season for the Lions.

Jackson joins a Patriots cornerback group that currently consists of Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, D'Angelo Ross, Justin Bethel, and Myles Bryant.