Before the 2022 regular season began, Jameis Winston seemed like an easy player to peg as a potential recipient of the Comeback Player of the Year award. The award is given to a player who returns after significant time off (typically due to injury) and plays respectably.
It made sense to link Winston to receiving this award. After all, he was off to a decent start through seven games last year but then missed the rest of the year after he tore his ACL. An article written by yours truly in early August mentioned that the Comeback Player of the Year odds for Winston were +450 with only one player sitting ahead of him in the odds.
Now, however, Winston finds himself with the fourth-best odds to win the crown. According to FanDuel, Winston has been given +800 odds to be named Comeback Player of the Year, trailing Giants running back Saquon Barkley (+550), Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (+700), and Commanders running back Brian Robinson (+700).
Directly behind Winston are Saints receiver Michael Thomas (+1200), Titans running back Derrick Henry (+1200, who initially was the only player with better odds than Winston), Chiefs receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (+1600), and Buccaneers receiver Julio Jones (+1600).
Jameis Winston's CPOTY odds have plummeted
I'm not the least bit surprised to see Winston no longer with the second-best odds to be named Comeback Player of the Year. He's only played well in one quarter so far and his three fourth-quarter picks against the Bucs cost the Saints the game.
Meanwhile, Barkley is tearing it up for the Giants and has the G-Men off to a surprising 2-0 start. Perhaps if the Saints had found a way to beat the Bucs then Winston would have better odds but that's not what played out, unfortunately.
There's still time for Winston to turn things around but so far, he hasn't played well enough to even be considered for the 2022 Comeback Player of the Year title.