NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds: Most Money on Zach Wilson, Mac Jones
Picture by Getty Images. Pictured: Zach Wilson.
The biggest liabilities to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year this season are New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson and New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, according to BetMGM.
Wilson has taken every first team rep since training camp began in New York, and barring injury he will start for the Jets in Week 1 and beyond.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft went 15-for-20 with 191 yards, two touchdowns, no turnovers and no sacks over the preseason.
His odds were sitting at +900 to win the award as of Wednesday afternoon.
Jones was named the Patriots’ starter earlier this week. In a corresponding move, incumbent starter Cam Newton was released.
The No. 15 overall pick in the draft went 36-for-52 (69%) with one touchdown and no interceptions over the preseason.
His odds to win the award are +500 as of Wednesday afternoon, a number that has shortened precipitously since earlier this week, when the line was as high as +1200 before the announcement that Jones would become the starter.
In fact, one sharp was able to capitalize on the news before a wide-scale odds shift. This bettor at Borgata dropped $2,000 to win $20,000 on Mac Jones +1000 to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year early Tuesday. That line, again, dropped to +500 shortly afterward.
Wilson represents over 25% of the total money on this wager at BetMGM. Jones has just under 22% of the money on his line.
The player with the third-most money is Steelers running back Najee Harris, who also went to Alabama. His +1000 odds at BetMGM to win the award are good for 12.7% of the money and 20.9% of the total tickets — the most tickets out of any single rookie.
Wilson has the second-most tickets at 17.2% while Jones is third with 14.8%.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence has the fourth-most money (12.1%) and fifth-highest ticket percentage (8.7%). His odds are the shortest out of all potential candidates at +350 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields rounds out the top of the field. His line has the fifth-most money (10.2%) and fourth-most tickets (9.9%) at BetMGM and sits at +700 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Offensive Rookie of the Year Tickets, Handle %
Percentages current as of Wednesday, Sept. 1