NY Jets WR Garrett Wilson no longer leading Offensive Rookie of the Year race

Justin Fried
NY Jets, Garrett Wilson
NY Jets, Garrett Wilson / Lindsey Wasson/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit

NY Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson has put together one of the most impressive rookie seasons in franchise history, but it might not be enough to earn him Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Wilson officially took the lead in the award race following his impressive Week 14 performance and he remained the odds-on favorite in subsequent weeks. That was until this past week against the Seattle Seahawks.

Wilson's team squared off with his biggest competition, Kenneth Walker's, team in an important matchup for both sides. Walker's team scored the win, due in part to an excellent game from the rookie running back. Wilson, on the other hand, failed to make much of an impact.

Walker rushed for 133 yards on 23 carries including a career-best 60-yarder on the very first play of the game. Meanwhile, Wilson finished with just three catches for 18 yards on a whopping 11 targets.

The odds shifted quite significantly in favor of Walker following the game.

NY Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson needs a big Week 18 performance to steal Offensive Rookie of the Year

Walker is now listed as the betting favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year with -125 odds. His odds were a significantly higher +475 going into the game while Wilson fell from the -200 favorite to the +200 underdog.

The sudden change in one week is indicative of just how much the odds can change in the course of a few days, but Wilson will need to put together a standout Week 18 performance to make his final case.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is also creeping up the rankings and now sits third with +475 odds. It's possible Purdy can receive one final push with an outstanding Week 18, but it seems more likely that the award will go to either Walker or Wilson.

Walker has rushed for 936 yards and nine touchdowns on an excellent 4.7 yards per carry average in 2022 while adding 26 catches for 155 yards in the air. He ranks 15th among running backs in rushing yards, 13th in yards per carry, and 10th in touchdowns.

Wilson became the first Jets player to top 1,000 receiving yards in a season since 2015 on Sunday. He's recorded a team-leading 74 catches for 1,014 yards and four touchdowns going into the final week of the season.

That ranks him 14th among all receivers in the NFL in receiving yards despite being saddled with the worst quarterback play in the league. Perhaps award voters will take that into account.

Next. 5 reasons why Derek Carr should be the top QB target for the NY Jets. dark

Either way, Garrett Wilson can solidify his case with a strong finish to the season this Sunday. If not, the Jets' hopes of sweeping the Rookie of the Year award races likely won't come to fruition.

facebooktwitterreddit