Opening odds for the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year were released earlier this week by Betonline.ag and the Chargers’ very own Derwin James opens up with 40/1 odds to win the annual award. His odds put him with the ninth-best chances to win the award behind guys like Ben Roethlisberger (5/2), Rob Gronkowski (9/1), and JJ Watt (5/1). James is the fourth-highest player on the list, following Watt, Myles Garrett (12/1), and CJ Mosley (33/1).
James spent most of the 2019 season on IR after injuring his foot during a joint-preseason practice with the New Orleans Saints. On the play in question, James actually picked off a pass from Drew Brees and then went on to celebrate with his teammates before realizing something was wrong. The craziest part about the whole thing is that the injury wasn’t a broken bone, but a screw already in his foot that had bent.
He went on to miss 11 games before returning for the final five contests of the regular season. James finished with 34 total tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and a single pass deflection.
It was an unfortunate year for the former First-Team All-Pro but expectations will remain high going into 2020 and beyond.