- Derrick Henry has opened as the +550 betting favorite to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
- New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston and WR Michael Thomas are next at +700 and +900, respectively.
- Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is also listed at +900.
Tennessee Titans superstar running back Derrick Henry has opened as the odds on favorite to win the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.
Online sportsbook BetOnline has listed Henry as the +550 favorite to win the award with New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston trailing him at +700 odds. Winston’s top receiver Michael Thomas and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey are the only other favorites with odds better than 10/1 at +900 each.
Titans RB is the Favorite to Win Comeback Player of the Year
Will Derrick Henry be as healthy and productive in 2022 as he was in 2019 and 2020? The #Titans running back is the favorite to win Comeback Player of the Year. #NFL https://t.co/ZYKIW8NTRH pic.twitter.com/v9HpuPFgvj
— AllTitans at SI.com (@AllTitansSI) May 11, 2022
Henry was a wrecking ball during the 2019 and 2020 seasons where he won back-to-back rushing titles and amassed a combined 3,567 rushing yards on 681 carries with 33 rushing touchdowns. King Henry was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2020 and was also selected to the All-Pro Second and First Teams in 2019 and 2020.
Last season, the 28-year-old suffered a Jones Fracture in Week 8 during a game against the Indianapolis Colts and was sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. Henry returned to play for the Titans in their Divisional Round games against the Cincinnati Bengals where he finished with 62 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown.
Prior to his injury, Henry was leading the league in rushing yards, carries, and rushing touchdowns. He was also on pace to break Eric Dickerson’s all-time NFL rushing record of 2,105 rushing yards in a single season and become the first player in NFL history to rush for 2,000+ yards in consecutive seasons.
Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas Coming Along Well
Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas are coming along well🔥https://t.co/ftkRQr0tEI
— Saints Nation (@SaintsNationCP) May 6, 2022
With both QB Jameis Winston and WR Michael Thomas coming along well from their respective injuries and the Saints picking up WR Chris Olave with the 11th selection of the 2022 NFL Draft, big things are expected from the New Orleans which finished 2021 with a 9-8 record despite being riddled with injuries to key players.
The Saints were 5-2 to start the season with Winston throwing 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions. They struggled to a 4-6 mark after he tore his ACL and suffered MCL damage after being horse-tackled by Devin White. Meanwhile, Thomas missed the entire 2021 season with an ankle injury and played in only seven games in 2020. Thomas set an NFL record with 147 catches and led the league with 1,725 receiving yards in 2019 where he was named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, Christian McCaffrey became only the third player in NFL history to rush for 1000+ yards and catch 1000+ yards in the same season in 2019. But he played in only a total of 10 games in the previous two seasons with different injuries. CMC has a new elite left tackle in Ikem Ekwonu to help him return to top form in 2022.