I normally don't post much on odds, which is odd in and of itself, since I love to gamble. The truth is that I don't even know where the closest sports book is to us in the D.C. area. Your friendly neighborhood bookmaker is likely not doing a thriving rookie of the year futures business.
Even so, our man Doc (Josh Doctson) is roughly fifth in the minds of oddsmakers when it comes to offensive rookie of the year candidates. Jared Goff, Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry and Corey Coleman all sit ahead of him. If I am handicapping this thing (well...handicapping the already-handicapped field), I can't disagree with Zeke and Coleman sitting ahead of Doc. I CAN disagree with Henry and Goff.
I love Henry, and I think he will get carries, but they are going to put some miles on DeMarco Murray in Tennessee this year. As for Goff...I mean, do I need to even use up precious pixels explaining why a Rams quarterback is doomed?
I am not completely sold on Doc's chances--if he does win ROY, it would probably mean that either Pierre Garcon or DeSean Jackson were lost for the season. I hope that is not the case, obviously.
On just the merits of talent alone, Doc belongs in the preseason conversation of Offensive Rookie of the Year. Let's not get too carried away though. It is more important that this flame burns brightly for years to come than it is for this flame to flash hot for one year.