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Patriots' Stephon Gilmore not getting enough respect in latest NFL DPoY odds

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore not getting enough respect in latest NFL DPoY odds

Stephon Gilmore is the best cornerback in the NFL and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year winner, and yet oddsmakers don't consider the New England Patriots star one of the favorites for the award in 2020.

Gilmore led all players in passes defensed and tied for the league lead in interceptions during the 2019 season. He was the best player on the league's top pass defense -- a unit that helped propel the Patriots to a 12-4 record and an 11th consecutive AFC East title.

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Despite earning back-to-back All-Pro seasons, Gilmore is not among the five betting favorites for the 2020 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.

Here are the latest odds on which player will win DPoY, courtesy of DraftKings:

1. Aaron Donald, DE, Rams: +700
2. Nick Bosa, DE 49ers: +1000
3. Khalil Mack, LB, Bears: 1200
4. J.J. Watt, DE, Texans: +1200
5. T.J. Watt, LB, Steelers: +1200
6. Stephon Gilmore, CB, Patriots: +1600

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Winning the Defensive Player of the Year award in consecutive seasons is not unheard of. In fact, it's happened twice in the last six years. Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald won it in 2017 and 2018, while Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt won in 2013 and 2014. 

Gilmore is still in the prime of his career and there's no reason to believe his play will decline any huge amount in 2020. In fact, he could be even better next season when you consider the fact he's improved in each of his three years with the Patriots.

New England's secondary remains one of the best in the league, so Gilmore will be surrounded by plenty of talented teammates each game, in addition to having the best defensive coach of all-time in Bill Belichick creating the game plan.

The Patriots have plenty of motivation entering 2020, and for Gilmore in particular, these betting odds could serve as additional fuel.

Cam Newton sets record straight on Patriots contract in Instagram post

Cam Newton sets record straight on Patriots contract in Instagram post

Cam Newton might get paid like a backup NFL quarterback in New England -- and he could care less.

The three-time Pro Bowler and 2015 NFL MVP reportedly signed a meager contract with the Patriots on Sunday that includes a $1.05 million base salary and just $550,000 in guaranteed money.

But in an Instagram post Thursday, Newton insisted he's not concerned about his light paycheck.

"This is not about money for me; It's about respect," Newton wrote in the caption, which included the hashtag #ImBettingItAllOnMe.

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Newton was an elite QB before shoulder and foot injuries derailed his career, forcing him to miss a total of 16 games between 2018 and 2019. Those injuries led the Carolina Panthers to release Newton in March and seemingly scared away 30 other teams that viewed the 31-year-old as damaged goods.

But Newton has a great opportunity to revive his career in New England, where he can help the Patriots continue their success in the post-Tom Brady era if he's able to stay healthy.

By regaining that respect, Newton also can help himself get paid: His contract reportedly doesn't prevent New England from franchise tagging him in 2021, which would vault the QB's salary well north of $20 million.

Newton made more than $121 million during his nine seasons in Carolina, so it appears he was willing to take a bargain deal with the Patriots if it meant showing the NFL he can still bring it. 

Will Patriots go over or under oddsmakers' new season win total with Cam Newton?

Will Patriots go over or under oddsmakers' new season win total with Cam Newton?

Oddsmakers decreased the New England Patriots' win total prop for the 2020 NFL season to a new low just a few weeks ago.

The Patriots were set at 8.5 wins -- a notable difference from the 10 or 10.5 win totals we've been accustomed to seeing over the last 20 years. But this Patriots team is quite different. Six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady left in free agency, along with several important veteran players on defense. 

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The reported addition of Cam Newton has changed the Patriots' outlook, however.

The Patriots reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with Newton that could be worth up to $7.5 million if he hits all the incentives in the deal. Newton struggled with injuries in 2019 and played in only two of the Carolina Panthers' 16 games. He's healthy now, though, and also the favorite to win the Patriots' starting quarterback job over 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham.

Oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook have increased the Patriots' win total to nine. Here are the latest odds for that prop bet:

Over nine wins: -125
Under nine wins: +103

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It should be noted the Patriots' odds of reaching the 2020 NFL playoffs also have improved to -200. Both conferences will have an extra wild card playoff team beginning next season, and nine wins would have been enough to secure the No. 7 seed in the AFC last season.

Newton, if healthy, should give the Patriots above-average (or better) play at the sport's most important position. His dual-threat skill set would bring a dynamic to the Patriots offense that we've rarely seen during Bill Belichick's 20-year run as the team's head coach.

There are plenty of challenges standing in New England's way of winning more than nine games next season. For starters, they have a difficult schedule that includes matchups versus the best teams in the AFC and several of the top contenders in the NFC. The team also had lots of veteran players, including Brady and its two sack leaders from last season (linebackers Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy) leave in the offseason. Adjusting to this kind of roster turnover is a challenge. The offseason as a whole has been difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing all team activities to be held virtually. Neither the Patriots nor any other team have been able to hold on-field workouts.

The Patriots are no doubt a better team with Newton now in the fold, but he'll need to be healthy and play at a high level in 2020 for New England to extend its playoff appearance streak to 12 seasons.