Offensive Rookie of the Year Now A Three-Horse Race as Tua Surges

Since being named starting QB for Miami a month ago, Tagovailoa has closed the gap on Herbert and Burrow
Pete Watt
Thu, November 19, 11:33 AM

Two has become three in the betting race to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year, with Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa now very much in contention to win the coveted award.

He has joined long-time leaders Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow – his counterparts on the Los Angeles Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively – at the top of the market and oddsmakers are finding it increasingly difficult to decide on a frontrunner.

As the graphic below shows, Burrow began the year as the heavy favorite in the market and his odds have remained relatively static.

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Herbert and Tagovailoa, by comparison, have seen their prices fluctuate wildly over the course of the season with both starting the year on the bench for their respective teams.

Interestingly, despite him impressive performances for Miami in recent weeks, sports bettors seem yet to warm up to Tua; he accounts for just 4.27% of the total bets placed on the market, compared to 21.87% for Herbert and 26.93% for Burrow.

OddsChecker spokesperson Pete Watt: “The competitiveness of the battle to be named the league’s best offensive rookie is demonstrative of the strength and dynamism of this year’s rookie class – particularly at the quarterback position.”

“It is looking increasingly likely that it will be one of the three aforementioned players who receives the honor, but we’ve already seen this season that things can change very quickly and it would be rash to dismiss the likes of wideouts Justin Jefferson and Chase Claypool just yet.”

2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Justin Herbert +138

Joe Burrow +170

Tua Tagovailoa +500

Justin Jefferson +2500

Ke'Shawn Vaughn +2800

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