June 02, 2020
Jerry Jeudy Rookie of the Year Odds
A wide receiver hasn’t been named Offensive Rookie of the Year since Odell Beckham Jr. won the award in 2014, but Jerry Jeudy is out to break that drought.
Jeudy is just behind Dallas’ CeeDee Lamb in terms of the Rookie of the Year betting odds at SportsBetting.com, and he has a good chance of claiming the honors. He is expected to immediately contribute in the Denver Broncos offense as a starting receiver opposite Courtland Sutton.
Jerry Jeudy ROY Betting Odds
Jeudy is not in the first two tiers of favorites. Former LSU teammates Joe Burrow and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are considered the frontrunners for the award, and running backs largely populate the second tier of popular choices. However, Jeudy could be in the mix as this offense has the potential to take off in 2020.
Alabama has a history of producing excellent receivers over the last decade. Julio Jones and Amari Cooper have been two of the league’s best since entering the league, and Jeudy was mentioned in the same breath as those two while in Tuscaloosa.
Jeudy only saw a little action as a freshman, but he exploded onto the scene in his sophomore season. He caught 68 passes for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns to help lead Alabama to the National Championship Game, and he shined last year with 77 receptions for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Scouts raved that Jeudy was the most polished route runner we have seen enter the NFL in quite some time, and that is a skill that transfers well from college to the pros. Jeudy was able to create separation by keeping defensive backs off balance and not tipping his routes, reminding some observers of another receiver heralded for his route running coming out of college. Anquan Boldin is a borderline Hall of Famer because of his route running, and he used that to win Rookie of the Year in 2003.
However, while Boldin was one of the slowest receivers we’ve seen coming out of college, Jeudy has above average speed. Jeudy ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and that type of burst coupled with superb route running bodes well for creating separation out of the break.
Denver’s first-round pick is entering an excellent situation with the Broncos. Courtland Sutton had a breakout 2019 campaign, making the Pro Bowl in his second season in the league, and Drew Lock showed a lot of promise as a rookie. Lock led this team to a 4-1 record down the stretch, and he wasn’t gun shy like some rookies are when they come into the league. Additionally, fellow rookie receiver K.J. Hamler will help stretch the field, so Jeudy shouldn’t see focused coverage.
This offensive line was great in pass protection by the end of the year. Lock was only sacked five times in the final five games of the season, and the Missouri product has shown he can get the job done when he has time to see the field. He is a very good scrambler too, and Jeudy was great at working back to the ball when Tua Tagovailoa was under pressure at Alabama.
2020 Rookie of the Year Prediction
Denver produced two Rookie of the Year winners at the start of the century. Running backs Mike Anderson and Clinton Portis were each named ROY in the span of three years between 2000 and 2002, and Jeudy would love to become the first receiver in team history to win the award. He is in a division without many great cornerbacks so the potential is there.