Our grasp on yearly NFL award winners can be rather fleeting. Before the season starts, the top NFL betting sites issues odds for the top threats, and everyone states their case for the favorites and top sleepers.
A week or two in, and we’re all doubling down on our preseason picks, or we’re looking to reinvent the wheel and crown someone knew.
The case is the same with the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Joe Burrow started the year as the clear favorite, but through the first two weeks of action, it’s been Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Heliare that has stolen the show.
He topped 100 yards rushing in his pro debut in week one, and proceeded to put his elite pass-catching ability on full display in week two. As a vital piece to Kansas City’s puzzle following a 2-0 start, it’s easy to see why CEH could be the top threat to win the 2020 NFL Offensive ROY award.
As he goes into his week three Monday Night Football game, I thought this would be the perfect time to state his case to win this award. Here’s a breakdown of four reasons why this is very much his award to lose.
2020 NFL ROY Odds Support Clyde Edwards-Helaire
The top NFL sportsbooks have temporarily pulled the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds, but I can safely tell you two things.
CEH was runner-up in that regard prior to the season, and after week one most sites pegged him as the top guy to bet on to win this award.
That isn’t about to change anytime soon. Barring a freak injury or the Chiefs inexplicably taking touches away from Edwards-Helaire, he’s locked into a key role for an elite offensive team.
The odds support CEH as a great bet to win the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, and that’s a big reason why sports bettors should entertain backing him.
The Chiefs Are a Super Bowl Threat Again
It certainly can’t hurt Edwards-Helaire’s chances to win this award that he’s on an amazing team.
The defending champs were probably the most talented team in 2019, and adding someone as dynamic as CEH made them even deadlier going into this season.
One could argue that CEH benefits immensely from playing behind Patrick Mahomes, not to mention in an amazing system that is loaded with talent.
That is fair to a certain degree, but CEH also adds to this insane offense, and honestly (gulp) makes it even better. Just think about how great Mahomes and co. have been the last two seasons – and that’s without having a multi-dimensional rushing threat as talented as CEH the entire time.
Edwards-Helaire is a mismatch in space, can make an impact as a receiver, and has proven he can handle a full rushing load. The fact that he could be the cherry on top that helps KC repeat as Super Bowl champions might just cement his case to win ROY in 2020.
Running Backs Excel in Andy Reid’s Offenses
I actually broke down why Clyde Edwards-Helaire could win the 2020 NFL OROY award months ago, and one of the main reasons why was this offense he’s operating out of.
To put it simply, Andy Reid has been kind to running backs.
Damien Williams flashed potential in this system last year, but it’s hard to seriously say he’s as talented as CEH, plus injuries prevented him from fully maximizing his potential in this offense.
Before Williams, however, we saw Kareem Hunt wreck in Reid’s system. He piled on over 1,700 total yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie in 2017, and then put up another 1,000+ total yards and 14 touchdowns in 2018 before an off-field scandal ended his time with the team.
Jamaal Charles wrecked in this system for years, but as injuries robbed him of field time in his final days in Kansas City, we saw Spencer Ware total 1,300 yards and five touchdowns.
Back when Reid was in Philly, he made his living with Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy churning out insane production, too.
Reid makes sure his running backs get fed, he puts them in space, and it’s only sweeter if they have the elite talent to put it over the top.
CEH is as Dynamic as Any Player in the League
Everything is honestly set up for Clyde Edwards-Helaire to dominate in his first NFL season.
The top NFL betting websites pegged him as a top contender for ROY, he’s on perhaps the best team in the league, and he’s working out of an amazing system.
Oh, and the guy also happens to be amazing.
We saw it in college, where Edwards-Helaire was a monster for the eventual champion LSU Tigers. CEH put his jaw-dropping pass-catching ability on display with 55 catches for 453 yards, but he was also an absurdly efficient rusher with 1,414 yards and 16 scores on just 215 carries (6.6 yards per carry).
Nobody was worried about his soft hands translating to the next level. For some reasons, many were skeptical he’d be such an effective true rusher, even though his vision, athleticism, wiggle, and awareness all seemed to check out.
Without any preseason games to go off of, however, I get how some were still not completely sold. I’ve seen enough through just the first couple of weeks to know Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the real deal.
He isn’t just a great fit for Andy Reid’s system, and he’s not just a nice addition to a Super Bowl champion. He’s a straight-up elite and dynamic running back that could already be on the verge of superstardom.
Will Clyde Edwards-Helaire Win the 2020 NFL OROY?
Yeah, probably. I’ll admit that I thought it’d be Joe Burrow coming in, but it’s really hard not to be impressed with Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
The guy is responsible for so much as a rookie, and he isn’t just getting by with blitz pickup, running, and catching. He’s excelling across the board, and he’s playing a vital role in a team that looks the part of a title contender capable of repeating after winning a year ago.
Kansas City was probably going to be good enough to repeat even if they just had Damien Williams, or pretty much anyone else. But CEH gives them an elite presence in the backfield, which may make this offense virtually unstoppable going forward.
And considering that was kind of already the case, CEH could be gearing up for an amazing rookie campaign. Burrow remains his biggest threat, but betting on CEH to win the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award looks like a solid bet to make.
Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
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