- After replacing Tyrod Taylor due to injury, quarterback Justin Herbert now leads all betting odds for NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year at +110.
- Behind Herbert is fellow quarterback and number one overall pick Joe Burrow at +240, who has shown serious promise so far in his time in Cincinnati.
- Bettors should also consider the serious value of other players like Chase Claypool at +900, Justin Jefferson +2200, and Jerry Jeudy.
LOS ANGELES – The race for Offensive Rookie of the Year is shaping up in the NFL, both on the field and on the sportsbooks.
Herbert was thrust into the starting role this season after incumbent QB Tyrod Taylor went down with an injury against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Herbert would enter the game and throw for 311 yards, going 23 for 33 with one touchdown and one interception.
The Chargers would go on to lose the game on a game-winning field goal in overtime.
Since then, Herbert has shown terrific ability with his accuracy, accumulating a 68.8 completion percentage so far in 2020. While the Chargers have gone on to lose four games in a row and fall to 1-4, that blame can hardly fall on Herbert’s young shoulders.
The reason for the spike in his NFL futures odds certainly comes in reaction to his game on Monday against the New Orleans Saints. Herbert became the first rookie to throw for four or more touchdowns on MNF and did so without throwing any interceptions.
Via Warren Sharp of Sharp Football, Herbert also leads the league in adjusted completion rate while under pressure.
the rookie Justin Herbert LEADS THE NFL when pressured in adjusted completion rate and efficiency
better than Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers etc
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 13, 2020
Offensive Rookie Of The Year
- Justin Herbert +110
- Joe Burrow +240
- Ceedee Lamb +900
- Chase Claypool +900
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire +900
- Jonathan Taylor +1800
- Antonio Gibson +2200
- Justin Jefferson +2200
- James Robinson +2500
- Jerry Jeudy +2500
Joe Burrow is still very much in the conversation, and bettors can now find him for better value at +240.
Burrow has thrown for 1,121 yards this season, with six touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 65.5% completion rate. If Burrow is able to get the Bengals a few more wins down the stretch, then he will likely regain the top spot on the odds.
A little further down there is still some value for other players, namely a few wide receivers.
Ceedee Lamb (+900) comes in at third, but just lost his quarterback in Dak Prescott. Chase Claypool (+900) is an interesting choice coming off his four-touchdown performance last week, but will need to have a couple more outstanding games before he is taken seriously over the quarterbacks.
Otherwise, Justin Jefferson (+2200) and Jerry Jeudy (+2500) have decent longshot value simply based on the increased role they each have been given recently in their respective offenses.
Still, this is usually a quarterback’s award, and the two arms currently in the lead are putting together some worthwhile campaigns.
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