Chris Olave's Offensive Rookie of the Year odds shrink after new challenger emerges

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What little hope New Orleans Saints fans had for Chris Olave winning Offensive Rookie of the Year have all but vanished as he's now sitting with the fifth-best odds and has been passed by an interesting new candidate.

It doesn't matter that Dameon Pierce fell out of the race due to his recent injury, Olave is apparently the fifth-best rookie this year and FanDuel has Brock Purdy now ahead of him in the Offensive Rookie of the Year race. That's right -- Brock Purdy, who has played in three games now, -- has better odds to win the OROTY crown than Olave.

I understand that the NFL is a quarterback-driven league but really?

Chris Olave passed by Brock Purdy in OROTY race

The frontrunner, for what it's worth, is Garrett Wilson of the Jets, who leads the race at -250 odds. Kenneth Walker, who just a few short weeks ago led the OROTY contest, now has +700 odds to win it. Christian Watson and Purdy are tied with +800 odds and then there's Olave with +1200.

At one time, it felt as though Olave would be a major contender and while I don't understand why he's not still in the running despite having more receiving yards than Wilson, the important thing is that the Saints have clearly found their WR1 of the future. It didn't matter as much that Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry didn't perform well or stay healthy this year because both Olave and Rashid Shaheed balled out.

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The Saints have had a lot of problems this season but wide receiver hasn't been one of them and Olave is to thank for that.