Offensive Rookie of the Year (OROY) is one of the more closely watched races of the NFL’s awards. Why? NFL fans love offense and are always looking for the next big superstar. This year’s rookie class certainly has some promising candidates.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire made a heck of an opening statement with his first 100+ yard game against the Texans in Week One. While the Cincinnati Bengals are not winning games, they are competitive because of Joe Burrow. The Chargers look ready to contend with Justin Herbert behind center but keep falling one play short of winning.
Arguments can be made for several players, but the oddsmakers at WilliamHill.com seem to be favoring two guys, Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow:
2020 Offensive Rookie Of The Year Award Odds:
- Justin Herbert +125
- Joe Burrow +200
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire +500
- Justin Jefferson +1200
- Tua Tagovailoa, Chase Claypool +1500
- Jonathan Taylor +1800
- Ceedee Lamb +2000
- James Robinson, Jerry Jeudy, Tee Higgins +3000
- Henry Ruggs, Brandon Aiyuk, Antonio Gibson, D’Andre Swift +4000
- Jalen Reagor, J.K. Dobbins +5000
- Tyler Johnson +6000
Herbert and Burrow are not the only rookies playing well. Justin Jefferson seems to do well whenever the Vikings decide to throw the ball. Chase Claypool has been coming on strong in recent weeks. Lions are hoping last week’s 100+ yard effort was a coming-out party for D’Andre Swift.
CeeDee Lamb was making an excellent case for himself, but it will be a lot harder for him without Dak Prescott. The Colts are not giving Jonathan Taylor the ball enough for him to win. James Robinson, Jerry Jeudy, Tee Higgins, Henry Ruggs, Brandon Aiyuk, J.K.Dobbins, and Antonio Gibson have all made plays but are not a big enough part of their team’s offense to earn OROY honors.
For now, the focus is definitely on Herbert, Burrow, Edwards-Helaire, Jefferson, and Claypool. But with the addition of another rookie quarterback to his team’s starting lineup, the race is about to get interesting.
When the Miami Dolphins return from their bye next week, Ryan Fitzpatrick will no longer be running the offense. The Dolphins have decided it is time to go with their prized, first-round rookie, Tua Tagovailoa.
Despite a potentially career-ending injury during his final year in college, the Dolphins went ahead and took Tagovailoa with the fifth pick of the draft. His injury gave them a great excuse to sit him when the season started.
But with the team off to a 3-3 start, they are only one game back of the division-leading Buffalo Bills. So, if they can figure out a way to play better, the Dolphins may have a shot at winning the AFC East. Inserting their dynamic, talented rookie quarterback into the offense may be what they need.
If it works, and the Dolphins win the division or even come close to doing so, Tagovailoa will have an excellent argument for OROY.
So—how should you bet?
Herbert and Burrow are great bets. Both are playing well, but neither is winning much. Should Tagovailoa have a winning record in the games he starts, he could steal the award from them. So, what should you do?
If you want to play it safe, stick with Herbert or Burrow. However, if you are okay with a little risk, put something down on Tagovailoa (but not a lot).