Ja’Whaun Bentley will be a standout defender for the New England Patriots for the 2019 season. Bentley, the Patriots fifth round pick in 2018, was calling plays for the defense in just his third career game; earning his coaches trust and commanding the defense as a rookie certainly gives folks a reason to perk up for Bentley. Despite only playing three games last season due to injury, he made an impact in those games; hauling in an interception and giving Patriots fans visions of the next Teddy Bruschi. Everyone in the Patriots organization appreciates Bentley as well as his knowledge and desire to learn in the film room and on the practice field. It is a relief to have Bentley back and healthy, and the organization wants him to continue to push as they expect a great career out of the talented youngster. Bentley will work as the baby bash brother alongside older linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Dont’a Hightower. At middle linebacker, Bentley will be a entrepiece to the Patriots defense.
Stephen Gilmore NFL Defensive Player of the Year Odds +5000
Cornerback, Stephen Gilmore enters the season with +5000 odds of winning the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year award. He will have to rack up a couple handfuls of interceptions along with his lockdown defense and a couple pick-six’s. Overall, the Patriots defense has improved from last season even while losing star defensive end Trey Flowers to free agency. But the Patriots found a new defensive end of their own in Michael Bennett, who came to New England in an off-season trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bennett posted nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss with the Eagles in 2018. Bennett can pressure the quarterback, opening up more opportunities for Gilmore and the secondary to pick-off a bad throw. At +5000 odds, Gilmore is a good pick in anticipation of a dominant Patriots football team.
New England Defense (Offense) Gets Job Done
If the New England defense can pressure other teams, the dominoes will fall accordingly and Gilmore will wind up having a phenomenal year. As the Patriots unveil their starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, it will become apparent that the Patriots are a force to be reckoned with. With Pittsburgh in town, the New England defense gets an opportunity to shut the door on opposing veteran quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. It will be interesting to see how the Patriots pressure Ben and how they counter the Steelers pass and rush offense. Overall it appears the Patriots should be able to handle the Pittsburgh offense with ease this weekend, and the defense should give Brady and his offense enough breathing room for a convincing victory. Of course, their lethal offense can play some defense of its own with clock management and field position. With such a complimentary defense and offense, the team’s success will just come down to each player doing their job.