Thursday, May 5, 2011

Vegas Odds: A.J.'s 'Rookie of the Year' Chances

It's always tough to tell how NFL rookies -- most notably the first rounders -- will immediately transition to "the League". That is why predicting who will win the "Rookie of the Year" Award is so tough. But...Vegas doesn't really care and still gives you the opportunity to guess.

A.J.'s chances hinge greatly on how his quarterback -- presumably Carson Palmer -- will perform next season. And anyone who played fantasy football last year knows that based on Palmer's performance, A.J's ROtY chances should be about 1000/1. Unless, of course, they reward wide receivers for watching a balls sail 10 feet over their head.

Anyway, here are some of the notable rookies with their odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year (via

Julio Jones (Falcons) -- 5/1
A.J. Green (Bengals) -- 13/2
Mark Ingram (Saints) -- 13/2
Cam Newton (Panthers) -- 13/2
Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) -- 12/1
Mikel Leshoure (Lions) -- 12/1
Stevan Ridley (Patriots) -- 12/1
Jake Locker (Titans) -- 15/1
Randall Cobb (Packers) -- 18/1
Christian Ponder (Vikings) -- 20/1
Blaine Gabbert (Jaguars) -- 20/1
Andy Dalton (Bengals) -- 20/1

Also, Patrick Peterson, Nick Fairley, and Von Miller were all 5/1 favorites to win Defensive ROtY.


  1. AJ is an incredible talent but he doesn't have the work ethic to be Rookie of the Year.

  2. That is the dumbest comment I've ever heard. AJ has done nothing but keep his mouth shut and work hard in his 3 years at UGA(except for selling that jersey).

    Julio is going into a much better situation with Matt Ryan as his qb, but AJ is going to be one of the all-time greats if the Bengals get a quality qb to throw him the ball.

  3. One more good as he was at UGA, remember that he had 3 different starting qb's in his 3 years. Just wait until he gets to work with one guy at the qb position for several years consecutively.

  4. He definitely has the work ethic. I don't know how you came up with that.

  5. I think sometimes people make up things because they sound good, with little to zero factual knowledge. Green's practice habits and work ethic have always been lauded, dating back to his H.S. coaches. I believe it's Julio's "desire" that has come into question once or twice.