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NFL Draft odds: Where Patriots stand in latest Tua Tagovailoa betting lines

NFL Draft odds: Where Patriots stand in latest Tua Tagovailoa betting lines

There might not be a more interesting prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft than Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

He had a brilliant college career, featuring a 2017 national title and a Heisman Trophy runner-up finish in 2018. Tagovailoa posted great stats for the Crimson Tide and ranks among the top quarterbacks in the 2020 class. There's also significant risk in drafting Tagovailoa based on his injury history, which includes a painful hip injury that ended his 2019 season in November.

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In fact, former NFL head coach Rex Ryan said last week that Tagovailoa is the "biggest gamble" in NFL Draft history

Despite the concerns over his ability to stay healthy consistently, the Alabama star still is expected to be a top 10 pick. The most likely landing spots for Tagovailoa are the Miami Dolphins with the No. 5 pick and the Los Angeles Chargers with the No. 6 pick. Both teams are in need of a franchise quarterback. 

There's always a chance he could slide down the draft board. We've seen stranger things happen at this event. Here are the latest betting lines on which team will select Tagovailoa in the 2020 draft, via DraftKings Sportsbook.

1. Miami Dolphins: -110
2. Los Angeles Chargers: +180
3. Washington Redskins: +800
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: +1100
5. Cincinnati Bengals: +1600
6. New England Patriots: +1600
7. Detroit Lions: +2500
8. Las Vegas Raiders: +3300
(Every other team has +5000 odds or worse)

The Patriots being sixth on this list is interesting.

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They will soon begin the post-Tom Brady era after the six-time Super Bowl champion left New England in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pats have Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on their quarterback depth chart entering the draft. Stidham is the likely starter for next season and has received plenty of praise from his teammates in recent weeks, but it wouldn't be shocking if the Patriots selected a quarterback in the 2020 draft.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has 12 picks at his disposal for the upcoming draft, giving him plenty of ammo to trade up. Belichick rarely packages multiple picks and moves up in the draft, though. He often trades down, which allows him to acquire even more picks. But given the recent history of success several teams have enjoyed after trading up in the first round to get their quarterback, it'll be interesting to see if the Patriots seriously consider a bold move for Tagovailoa or one of the other top quarterbacks in the 2020 class.

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore one of many NFL stars in powerful 'Black Lives Matter' video

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Patriots' Stephon Gilmore one of many NFL stars in powerful 'Black Lives Matter' video

Several of the NFL's biggest stars are stepping up to speak out against systemic racism and the racial injustices that once again have come to light in the wake of George Floyd's murder.

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined up with the New York Giants' Saquon Barkley, Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham Jr., Arizona Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins and a number of other high-profile black players to put together a powerful video on Thursday.

In the video, the players reveal what they would like to hear the NFL state about the racial injustices that continue to plague the country.

Watch below:

Hopefully, the league and its fans will hear their message loud and clear.

McCourty twins address Drew Brees' controversial comments, whether they forgive Saints QB

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McCourty twins address Drew Brees' controversial comments, whether they forgive Saints QB

Drew Brees has taken plenty of heat lately due to the comments he made about players "disrespecting the American flag" by kneeling during the national anthem.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback was asked during an interview with Yahoo! Finance about players kneeling during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America. Brees answered, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country."

It didn't take long for the veteran QB to get backlash for those insensitive remarks. A number of Brees' NFL peers, including both Devin and Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots, scolded him for his comments.

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On Thursday, the McCourty twins delved deeper into the subject on a special edition of their Double Coverage podcast titled "Bridge To Action." Following an enlightening interview with former FBI special agent M. Quentin Williams, which you can watch below, the McCourtys addressed the Brees situation. 

"Everybody's been in an uproar over Drew Brees' comments, and obviously we've responded on Twitter," said Jason McCourty. "Somebody had asked earlier, 'do we forgive him?' and I don't think any of this thing is about forgiveness. It's not about Drew Brees, it's not about Jason or Devin McCourty, it's about realizing, 'Alright, here's an issue and we need to find a solution for that issue.' Like, you don't have an issue with Drew Brees when he makes those statements. You have an issue with that train of thought, and that thought is what we're trying to move away from.

"So as soon as anyone who has that thought is willing to dive in and learn, and open up dialogue to talk about -- because I think sometimes we subconsciously have thoughts that we don't know we have, and then we say some things that we may have to take some time to go back and self-reflect ... Maybe I need to look inwardly and see like, 'Hey, maybe I'm not looking at this thing the right way. And I think when we're able to do that, there's no animosity or hostility toward anyone because that's not what we're trying to do. It's about there's an issue, and we want to fix this issue."

Devin McCourty doubled down on what his brother had to say and mentioned that he doesn't have anything against Brees. Rather, he hopes this will help the 41-year-old and others like him look at the situation from a different perspective.

"It's not about forgiving or hating," said Devin. "Like, I've never hated Drew Brees. I don't even know Drew Brees. So it was never about that. It was just, how can we get people to now not look through those lenses. And he's a guy who if he doesn't look through those lenses, he can get a lot of other people to feel the same way. So hopefully some good turns out from that."

Brees has since issued an apology for his comments, saying they "lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy."

Beyond the McCourty twins' comments on Brees, their interview with Williams is well worth the watch. Williams is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Dedication to Community, whose mission is to "empower individuals and communities to achieve their business and societal goals through the spirit of entrepreneurial enterprise and community advocacy. The McCourtys and Williams had a mindful conversation about the recent killings of unarmed black men, the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color, and the next steps to implementing positive change in the United States.