ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 30: The Dallas Cowboys logo at AT&T Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by RONALD MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)
Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Jalen Tolbert received 13.8% of the bets to win the 2022 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award at Caesars Sportsbook.
His odds have increased from +5000 on the open to +1800 of winning the prize, and a Nevada bettor has a $2,000 bet on the opening number, representing the largest potential payout in the betting market.
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Tolbert’s prospects for opening the season grew brighter as his path to meaningful snaps was clear after it was announced that fellow wide receivers Michael Gallup and James Washington would be unavailable to start the season due to injuries.
Gallup is still recovering from a cruciate ligament tear in his left knee sustained in week 17 last season, and Washington broke his right foot during practice on Aug. 1.
Those injuries put Tolbert on the fast track to opening the season, starting with No. 1 wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in a potentially dangerous offensive by the Cowboys. Since the opposing defense will likely be paying a lot of attention to keeping Lamb at bay, this could lead to softer matchups that Tolbert can take advantage of.
Tolbert, a third-round draft pick from South Alabama in the 2022 NFL Draft, amassed 146 receptions for 2,559 yards and 16 touchdowns in his last two collegiate seasons in the NFL.
Additionally, the Beat writers agree that Tolbert has a solid training camp and is developing chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott.
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A lifelong supporter of the Cowboys, Cubs, Maple Leafs and Gators, Neil has covered sports in print and online since 2011. Past positions include USA TODAY, theScore, DraftKings Playbook, and RotoWire, among others. He is a graduate of St. Thomas University and Acadia University and spends a lot of time at the KenWo Golf Club.