Justin Herbert Being Disrespected by Odds to Win Offensive Rookie of the Year

Zach Brunner
Justin Herbert is being disrespected by odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Justin Herbert is being disrespected by odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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The 2020 NFL Draft class features some big names at quarterback throughout multiple rounds. But among the biggest names is Justin Herbert, out of Oregon. Herbert was the third quarterback taken on draft night, selected by the Los Angeles Chargers, who are in the market for a franchise leader, after parting ways with long-time starter Philip Rivers.

It remains to be seen if Herbert will come in and start Week 1, but he should be given every opportunity to compete with Tyrod Taylor for the job. Of all the rookie QBs with the potential to start Week 1, Herbert may have the best overall team around him. Despite this, He is still being disrespected in the odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, at just +2000 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Should Herbert win the starting job, he steps into an offense that has playmakers all over. He will be passing to essentially a trio of 1,000-yard receivers, in Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler (finished with 993 receiving yards). Herbert will also have a talented, healthy tight end in Hunter Henry. It's easy to see how great of a situation the rookie would be in.

He would definitely have better offenses around him than Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa, who were drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins, respectively. Still, both are considered among the front-runners to win the award, with Burrow being the favorite (+250) and Tua sitting third in the odds (+750).

Rounding out the top-five to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year is Clyde Edwards-Helaire (+500), Jonathan Taylor (+1000) and D'Andre Swift (+1100).


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