The NFL Comeback Player of the Year award has been dominated by quarterbacks as of late.
Signal callers have taken home the honor in nine of the past 13 seasons, including each of the last three.
Alex Smith followed up fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill to win Comeback Player of the Year in 2020. Nearly two years after suffering a life-threatening leg injury, Smith returned to the field in relief duty and helped lead the Washington Football Team to a division title.
The last non-quarterback to claim Comeback Players of Year? Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen back in 2017 when he hauled in 102 receptions for 1,393 yards on the heels of consecutive injury-shortened seasons.
Will a quarterback win the award for a fourth straight season in 2021, or can a player from a different position snap the streak?
Here are the 2021 Comeback Player of the Year odds from our partner, PointsBet.
Who is the favorite to win 2021 Comeback Player of the Year?
Surprise, surprise: The top two favorites to win the 2021 Comeback Player of the Year award are quarterbacks. Dak Prescott has the best odds at +150 after suffering a gruesome season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 of last season. Fresh off inking a $160 million deal in the offseason, the Cowboys signal caller is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has the second-best Comeback Player of the Year odds at +400. Burrow tore his ACL and MCL in late November of 2020, but he reportedly will be ready for Cincinnati’s season opener.
Behind Bosa is a pair of running backs who had injury-plagued 2020 seasons in Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffery, who are both at +700. Barkley suffered a torn ACL the same day as Bosa did in Week 2, while McCaffrey was limited to three games due to multiple injuries.
New Colts quarterback Carson Wentz has the best odds among players who aren’t coming off an injury at +1000. Wentz had a disastrous 2020 season with the Eagles that saw him record a league-leading 15 interceptions and 50 sacks taken (in just 12 games) before getting benched.
Not only is Jaguars
quarterback outfielder tight end Tim Tebow listed among the Comeback Player of the Year candidates, he has better odds (+3300) than players like Jimmy Garoppolo, Dont'a Hightower and CJ Mosley. After retiring from baseball earlier this year, Tebow is back with an NFL team for the first time since 2015 and trying out a new position with the Jaguars.
Here is the full list of favorites for the 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award:
Dak Prescott, +150
Joe Burrow, +400
Nick Bosa, +550
Saquon Barkley, +700
Christian McCaffrey, +700
Carson Wentz, +1000
Derwin James, +1600
Von Miller, +1600
Sam Darnold, +2000
Danielle Hunter, +2500
Courtland Sutton, +2500
Joe Mixon, +3000
Odell Beckham Jr, +3000
Julio Jones, +3000
Tim Tebow, +3300
Jameis Winston, +5000
Jimmy Garoppolo, +5000
OJ Howard, +5000
Damien Williams, +10000
Dont'a Hightower, +10000
CJ Mosley, +10000
Kyle Long, +10000
Kelvin Benjamin, +10000
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