Updated NFL OROY Award Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – Sammy Watkins remains the favorite to win next season’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year but who are his biggest threats?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bills’ rookie receiver is currently a 9/2 favorite to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014, while Browns’ quarterback Johnny Manziel and Bucs receiver Mike Evans are both 6/1, respectively. Vikings’ signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater is 7/1, while running back Bishop Sankey of the Titans and receiver Brandin Cooks of the Saints are 9/1, respectively.
Continuing with the odds, Jaguars’ quarterback Blake Bortles, Lions tight end Eric Ebron and Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews are all 12/1, respectively, to win next year’s NFL Rookie of the Year award. Panthers’ receiver Kelvin Benjamin is also 14/1, while Giants’ wideout Odell Beckham is 16/1 and Jaguars’ WR Marqise Lee is 18/1.
Some of the long shots to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award are Broncos’ receiver Cody Latimer at 20/1, Packers’ wideout Devante Adams at 25/1, and Jets tight end Jace Amaro at 25/1. Rams’ running back Tre Mason is also 25/1, while Jarvis Landry of the Dolphins and Jeremy Hill of the Bengals are both 33/1, respectively. Of the players currently listed to win the NFL OROY in 2014, Bucs running back Charles Sims has the longest odds at 50/1.
From my standpoint, the player with the best value is Cooks in New Orleans. He’s going to fill a similar role as Darren Sproles in Sean Payton’s offense, now that Sproles has been traded to Philadelphia. Cooks has the elite athleticism that Payton covets and he’s going to line up everywhere in the Saints’ offense. While you can make the argument that Watkins is going to have a good year, he could also be hampered by E.J. Manuel’s development in Buffalo. Quarterback won’t be an issue in New Orleans, however, as Cooks will be paired with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. At 9/1, I like Cook to win the 2014 NFL OROY award.