There is significant opportunity for someone to take control the Offensive Rookie of the Year race despite one making a strong case early. Defensive Rookie of the Year is playing out as expected and that favors a handful of players.
Here are the five favorites, via Caesars Sportsbook, as I see them, as well as some other performances of note:
Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. RB Bijan Robinson, Falcons (+210)
Atlanta had 45 rushes compared to 32 throws. They have a clear offensive identity that allows Robinson to thrive even alongside second-year running back Tyler Allgeier, who had 16 carries last week. Robinson added four receptions to bring his season total up to 10, as well. At this rate, the necessary statistics will be there for a running back to win the award.
2. QB Anthony Richardson, Colts (+220)
Richardson exited with an injury pretty early but he was effective in that window. Through two games, he has four total touchdowns, including two on the ground. The key to his viability as a candidate is availability because quarterbacks will always have a built-in advantage to win the award.
3. WR Puka Nacua, Rams (+600)
Nacuas has 25 receptions, which is the third most through two games and the most by any player in their first two career games. The BYU product even had two of the team’s 22 carries. Los Angeles is the opposite of Atlanta in regards to run-pass ratio (5:2). Even when Cooper Kupp returns, Nacua’s production should be sustainable. He has clearly asserted himself as the top pass-catching threat on that team.
If this level of production continues, the fifth-round pick is probably the biggest threat to Robinson if Richardson cannot stay healthy.
4. QB C.J. Stroud, Texans (+1400)
Stroud is averaging 313 passing yards and one touchdown per game without throwing any interceptions. The lack of interceptions is particularly impressive because he has been sacked 11 times…
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Author : Josh Edwards
Publish date : 2023-09-19 15:49:53
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