Jameis Winston has tremendous odds to win Comeback Player of the Year

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

Jameis Winston had a chance last year to prove that he could be a franchise quarterback. It might not have worked for him during his time in Tampa Bay but the New Orleans Saints were giving him a chance to show that he could be the right signal-caller for them.

While Winston put up decent numbers last season (and did so despite not having any weapons to throw to), he was injured seven games into the year and went on to miss the rest of the 2021 campaign.

Winston hit free agency after the 2021 season wrapped up but after the Saints were unsuccessful in trading for Deshaun Watson, they re-signed Winston to a two-year deal. He’s now their quarterback and there’s strong reason to believe that he can help the team get back to the playoffs this season.

With Winston’s injury in 2021, he’s a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, and considering the position he plays, there’s a reason why he’s at the top of the pack when it comes to CPOTY odds.

Don’t be shocked if Jameis Winston wins Comeback Player of the Year.

WynnBET has given Winston +600 odds to win the award, trailing only Derrick Henry of the Titans, who has +300 odds. Henry makes sense as the odds-on favorite because of how dominant he’s been in Tennessee but as good as he is, he’s a running back. Quarterbacks get the nod time and time again, which could tip the scales in Winston’s favor.

All Winston truly has to do to remain a strong favorite for CPOTY is to get the Saints back to the playoffs. They were trending in the right direction with him as the starter but once he got hurt, crap hit the fan.

As I mentioned earlier, Winston put up respectable numbers in 2021 and did so with his best wide receiver being Marquez Callaway. This year, he not only has Michael Thomas back but has Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry to throw to as well. We saw how easily Winston could pad the stats during his years in Tampa Bay so why shouldn’t he be able to take advantage of his talent in New Orleans?

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Winston might not be a top-tier quarterback but there’s absolutely reason to believe that he can perform well enough in 2022 to be the league’s Comeback Player of the Year.