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Mac Jones' Odds to Win NFL Offensive Rookie of Year Jump After Cam Newton's Release

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 31, 2021

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If you're holding a Mac Jones for Offensive Rookie of the Year ticket from earlier this summer, odds are you're pretty happy right about now.

Jones, who opened at 12-1 and was 10-1 as recently as this week, has now jumped all the way up to 6-1 at DraftKings Sportsbook following news he will serve as the Patriots' Week 1 starter.

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Mac Jones just jumped to +600 to win ROY 😳<br><br>He now has the 2nd best odds only behind Trevor Lawrence…<br><br>(<a href="https://twitter.com/DKSportsbook?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@dksportsbook</a>) <a href="https://t.co/07bJoQ9XGq">https://t.co/07bJoQ9XGq</a>

Only Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has better odds than Jones.

A quarterback has won Offensive Rookie of the Year five of the last 10 years, including each of the last two. A running back has won the award four times.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris stands out well above the crowd among the backs and is a sneaky-smart bet if he stays healthy. Harris should be the three-down workhorse in Pittsburgh.

Jones is coming off a stellar junior season that saw him reset the Alabama passing record book. He threw for 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns against four interceptions while leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship.

The Patriots won't give Jones quite the same level of talent at the skill positions. Jones, Harris, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle were all first-round picks. Alabama had arguably the greatest offense it has ever put on a field last season.

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The Patriots, by contrast, rank as mediocre-at-best at the skill positions despite a heavy investment on the offensive side of the ball this offseason. Jones at 6-1 for Rookie of the Year seems on the high end of possibilities. 


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