If there was a bet on which team would have the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year on the roster, the New Orleans Saints would definitely be the best betting option. The Saints have two of the top options according to the betting odds from all of Louisiana’s best sports betting apps.
Those two players are Michael Thomas and Jameis Winston. Interestingly enough, since they play wide receiver and quarterback, their ability to win the award is likely tied to one another. In fact, there is a chance that if one of the two players wins, it means the other will also finish in the top five of the voting for the award.
New Orleans Saints Comeback Player of the Year Odds
|Derrick Henry, TEN||+350||+300||+350|
|Jameis Winston, NO||+500||+550||+600|
|Daniel Jones, NYG||+850||+800||+850|
|Michael Thomas, NO||+900||+700||+900|
|Christian McCaffrey, CAR||+1000||+750||+1200|
|Mitchell Trubisky, PIT||+1200||+1000||+1200|
|Marcus Mariota, ATL||+1200||+1400||+1200|
Why Jameis Winston Will Win Comeback Player of the Year
Winston performed well after taking over for Drew Brees last season as the Saints starter. Remember, that was without Thomas as Thomas missed the entire season. While Winston’s stats weren’t necessarily eye-popping, he made many improvements from his time as the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s starter.
The lowest interception per attempt rate of his career was 2.5% until last season, when in the seven games played before injury, Winston was at 1.9%. It appears Winston’s season of sitting and learning behind Brees paid off. While he still showed plenty of arm talent, his decision-making improved significantly.
With improved decision-making, a new-look offense, and better receiving options, all things are setting up for Winston to have a big year. Last season even when Winston was healthy, the receiving core without Thomas was made up of players most fans have never heard of.
A healthy Thomas and rookie Chris Olave are the Nos. 1 and 2 wide receivers. Add in new slot wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and Winston will have one of the best receiving cores in the NFL. Everything is set up for Winston to have a massive year. If he stays healthy, he is a great bet to win Comeback Player of the Year.
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Why Michael Thomas Will Win Comeback Player of the Year
When a player misses an entire season, they often become forgotten to some extent. This may be the case with Thomas. Still, if he is healthy, chances are he will make everyone remember quickly how talented he is.
Thomas is 29 years old and still in his prime. In his first four years, he only missed one game. After playing in seven games two years ago and missing all of last year due to the same injury, reports say Thomas is finally back to full health.
In his past three full seasons, from 2017 to 2019, Thomas was a Pro Bowler. He was named to the All-Pro team twice. This will be Thomas’s first full season with Winston at quarterback. Winston has a stronger arm than Brees, so there is potential for Thomas to have his best statistical season if he can get more long ball targets, which is highly likely.
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