Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is coming off probably the most spectacular seasons by a cornerback in latest reminiscence. Serving as a shutdown nook for a lot of the season and logging 10 interceptions, Howard was a stalwart who helped the Dolphins overachieve in 12 months 2 beneath Brian Flores. Howard’s ten interception on the 12 months are the primary time in over a decade such a feat has been achieved — though his manufacturing didn’t earn him any favors within the NFL’s Defensive Participant of the 12 months award voting.
Howard, regardless of his accolades and manufacturing, completed third within the voting for 2020.
And, looking forward to the 2021 season, it appears as if the oddsmakers are assured that Xavien Howard will as soon as once more not sniff the Defensive Participant of the 12 months award, irrespective of how effectively he performs this upcoming season. Howard is at the moment listed at +5000 odds for Defensive Participant of the 12 months by BetMGM.
That quantity, in itself, could be maybe forgivable after he was snubbed this previous season. However while you take a look at among the expertise that’s ranked equal or higher than Howard? That’s the place the insult is added to damage.
- Jadeveon Clowney (+5000)
- Vita Vea (+5000)
- JJ Watt (+3500)
- Danielle Hunter (+3500)
Chances are you’ll as effectively name Howard ‘Rodney Dangerfield’ from right here on out, as a result of the person can’t appear to get any respect from the sports activities books on his odds for DPOY. Clowney has logged 7 much less sacks over the past two seasons than Howard logged interceptions final season. JJ Watt would be the second greatest cross rusher on the Cardinals’ protection this season.
Vita Vea has 7.5 sacks in three seasons. These are the fellows Howard is within the operating with? Looks as if a viable low-risk guess price contemplating. Or in any other case a sobering reminder of simply how good Howard was final season and the way far off he nonetheless was from profitable the award.
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