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Oddsmakers like Cam Newton's chances at NFL Comeback Player award

Oddsmakers like Cam Newton's chances at NFL Comeback Player award

Cam Newton has already earned a host of accolades over his football career.

The Heisman Trophy in 2010. The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2011. The NFL MVP award in 2015.

And now he might need to make room for another prize in his trophy case: the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.

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After the Patriots reportedly added the three-time Pro Bowler on a one-year, incentive-laden contract Sunday, Newton shot towards the top of the favorites to win Comeback Player honors in 2020, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

  • Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: +300
  • Patriots QB Cam Newton: +400
  • Texans DE J.J. Watt: +700
  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford: +800
  • Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski: +800
  • WR Antonio Brown: +1000

Listed at +1400 before signing with New England, Newton is now listed at +400, passing players like Rob Gronkowski, J.J. Watt, and Matthew Stafford. Newton has the second-best odds overall, trailing only Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (+300).

For Newton, the key is health. As Phil Perry outlined here, Newton was among the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks before a shoulder injury in 2018 and a Lisfranc injury in 2019. The drop-off over his last five games has been severe, and it's been a huge factor in a personal eight-game losing streak since early November of the 2018 season.

Though not listed in the chart above, last season's foot injury last season severely hampered Newton's mobility, as he only rushed five times for -2 yards in two games before being shut down. Hopefully for the Patriots, months of rehab and recovery will get Newton back to his early 2018 form.

Three Patriots have won the AP Comeback Player of the Year award in the past: Tedy Bruschi in 2005, Tom Brady in 2009, and Rob Gronkowski in 2014. Should Newton become the fourth, the Patriots will have found a way to withstand Tom Brady's departure without a huge drop-off in quarterback play.

Patriots 53-man roster projection entering training camp

Patriots 53-man roster projection entering training camp

The Patriots have already hit the field in Foxboro, but we'll have to wait until Monday to see them put the pads on for the first time.

It will be a training camp unlike any other; New England was supposed to open the preseason Thursday night against the Lions — and their 2020 season-opener against the Dolphins is just a month away.

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But Bill Belichick will have a lot of decisions to make over the next few weeks. Will Cam Newton seize the starting QB job as expected — and will the team carry both Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as well? How can the team make up for a league-high eight opt-outs including defensive stalwarts Dont'a Hightower and Patrick Chung along with starting right tackle Marcus Cannon? How many of the team's 10 draft picks from this spring will make the team?

Those questions will be answered over the coming weeks, but before practices begin in earnest, let's take an early look at how the team's roster will shake out.

Click here for the Patriots' 53-man roster projection entering training camp.

 

Lamar Miller, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirm RB's signing with Patriots

Lamar Miller, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirm RB's signing with Patriots

Lamar Miller officially is a member of the New England Patriots, it appears.

The Patriots still haven't announced Miller's signing after a report Monday that the free-agent running back had agreed to a one-year contract with the team.

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But Miller's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed his client put pen to paper Wednesday to join the Patriots.

Miller also confirmed the news by sharing Rosenhaus' announcement on his Instagram story.

 

Miller has topped 1,000 rushing yards in two of his eight NFL seasons and made the Pro Bowl with the Houston Texans in 2018. He missed the entire 2019 season due to a torn ACL, however, and his days as a workhorse running back might be behind him at age 29.

Still, the Patriots could use Miller's services with reports that Sony Michel may not be ready for Week 1 as he recovers from ankle surgery. Miller could fill Michel's role as an early-down rusher to complement James White, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris.

Miller wasn't spotted at Patriots training camp Wednesday, but expect him to show up at Gillette Stadium soon now that his deal is official.