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Pickett Still a Longshot in NFL OROY Odds After Taking Over for Trubisky in Week 4, Olave Favored

John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in NFL Football

Updated Dec 5, 2022 · 3:24 PM PST

Kenny Pickett
Oct 2, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) looks for a receiver against the New York Jets during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. The Jets won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
  • Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett’s NFL OROY odds have improved from +1600 to +800
  • Saints wide receiver Chris Olave is the new favorite at +450
  • A look at the NFL OROY odds along with analysis can be found below

Pittsburgh Steelers fans got what they wanted Sunday as rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett made his NFL debut to start the second half of a 24-20 loss to the visiting New York Jets, and as such his NFL OROY odds have improved.

Pickett played well in spots and struggled at times. However, he did enough to improve his chances of winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award,

Prior to Sunday, Pickett was the eighth choice with +1600 odds. On Monday, he moved into the fifth spot on the board as his odds improved to +800

2022 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Player (Team) Odds
Chris Olave (Saints) +450
Drake London (Falcons) +600
Romeo Doubs (Packers) +700
Dameon Pierce (Texans) +700
Kenny Pickett (Steelers) +800
Garrett Wilson (Jets) +1000
George Pickens (Steelers) +1200
Jahan Dotson (Commanders) +1400
Breece Hall (Jets) +1400
Brian Robinson Jr. (Commanders) +2000
James Cook (Bills) +3000
Christian Watson (Packers) +3000
Isiah Pacheco (Chiefs) +3000
Kenneth Walker III (Seahawks) +5000
Rachaad White (Buccaneers) +5000
Alec Pierce (Colts) +5000

Odds as of October 3rd at FanDuel Sportsbook

Chris Olave and Drake London are leading in the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year odds after four weeks of the season.



Pickett Makes His Charge In OROY Odds

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called on Pickett to replace Mitch Trubisky with his team trailing 10-6 at halftime. The Acrisure Stadium crowd roared its approval when Pickett stepped on the field.

The first-round draft pick became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for two touchdowns in his debut. The scores put the Steelers ahead 20-10 early in the fourth quarter.

Pickett also completed 10 of 13 passes for 120 yards. However, all three incompletions resulted in interceptions.

The second interception hurt the most as Michael Carter II’s pick with 3:34 remaining gave the Jets the ball at its’ 35-yard line with the Steelers leading 20-17. New York then marched 10 plays for the winning touchdown with Breece Hall scoring on a 2-yard run with 16 seconds left.

Pickett tried a desperation heave from the Steelers’ 48 on the last play of the game, but it was intercepted by Lamarcus Joyner.

The loss dropped the Steelers to 1-3. They visit the Buffalo Bills this week, but Tomlin is noncommittal so far on whether Pickett or Trubisky will start.

Pickett was the best quarterback during the preseason in a three-way competition for the QB1 job with Trubisky and Mason Rudolph. The Steelers, though, went with Trubisky after signing him to a two-year, $14-million contract in free agency in March.

Considering the Steelers used their first-round draft pick on Pickett and they’re struggling to win games, the 24-year-old figures to get plenty of playing time at some point this season if not this week.

Olave New OROY Odds Favorite

The new favorite in NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds is New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave.

His odds improved from +800 to +450 while the previous top choice, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London, went from +450 to +600.

On Sunday, Olave had four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Sains’ 28-25 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London. The score was the first of his career and came on a 4-yard pass from Andy Dalton, who was subbing at quarterback for the injured Jameis Winston.

Through four games, Olave has 21 receptions for 335 yards.

London was a nonfactor as the Falcons beat the visiting Cleveland Browns 23-20 in Atlanta. He was limited to two catches for 17 yards.

However, London does have 18 receptions for 231 yards and two touchdowns for the season.

Pickens Gets Coattail Effect

Steelers wide receiver George Pickens saw his NFL OROY odds improve along with his teammate Pickett. The second-round draft pick went from a +1600 choice to +1200.

The Steelers got the speedy Pickens much more involved in the offense Sunday. He proved to be a tough matchup for the Jets as he finished with six catches for 102 yards.

In his first three games, Pickens had a total of five catches for 65 yards.

Conversely, Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods’ odds took a huge tumble. His is now at +10000 a week after being posted at +1600.

Woods had only one catch Sunday, though it went for 33 yards, as the Colts lost to the Tennessee Titans 24-17 at home. Woods had just two catches coming into the game, but both went for touchdowns.



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