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

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 31, 2021

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) drops back to pass during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
AP Photo/John Minchillo

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.

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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