NFL Comeback Player of the Year 2021 Predictions, Odds & Picks

NFL Comeback Player of the Year

  • Cowboys QB Dak Prescott wants to return to his pre-ankle injury level of play
  • 49ers DE Nick Bosa only played in 2 games last season after tearing his ACL
  • Despite retiring from the NFL in 2020, guard Kyle Long is now with the Chiefs

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NFL Comeback Player of the Year Odds

Odds taken October 20 2021 from DraftKings

Player/Position/Team Odds
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys +210
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants +700
Christian McCaffrey, RB Carolina Panthers +800
Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers +1000
Kyle Long, G, Kansas City Chiefs +15000

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NFL Comeback Player of the Year Predictions and Picks

Teamwise, everything is set up in Dallas for a returning Dak Prescott to pick up exactly where he left off last season, so take him as the winner of this futures bet.

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As prestigious as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award is, receiving it means a player has been through injury hell and back, so it becomes a dubious honor at best that most football stars try to avoid.

In 2021, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott hopes to return to his high level of play that was evident right up to when he hurt his ankle and his 2020 season was ended, same with Niners DE Nick Bosa, who in his second season tore his ACL after playing in only two games.

The longshot for CPotY honors is Chiefs new veteran guard Kyle Long, who retired in January of 2020 after a nagging injury limited his playing time and then changed his mind in March of this year, so here we take a closer look at the odds and predictions of who might be the NFL’s 2021 Comeback Player of the Year.

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Favorites to Win

Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

After playing in just five games last season and completing a career-high 68 percent of his passes, Dak Prescott’s 2020 season ended after he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation to his right ankle, undergoing surgery that same night.

Now under a four-year contract extension worth $160 million ($126 million of that guaranteed), Prescott hopes to get back to the winning ways he got used to in the first three seasons of his NFL career when he went 32-16 and threw for 67 touchdowns during that stretch.

To earn the CPotY award, Dak’s Cowboys would have to go deep into the postseason after missing out on the playoffs for the last two years, with new Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy having just as much at stake in his second year back as an NFL head coach after going 6-10 in 2020.

Nick Bosa, DE, 49ers

In only his second NFL season, San Fran defensive end Nick Bosa tore his ACL and his second NFL season ended after just two games, a much different year than his rookie season when he played in the Super Bowl and strip-sacked QB Patrick Mahomes in front of the world.

Bosa the Pro Bowler is 6’ 4” and weighs 266 pounds and was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019, so far in just over one season with 47 total tackles, 9 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception, production that makes this young player a key to the 49ers pass rush and overall defense.

Back in 2018, Bosa underwent core-muscle surgery, which caused him to miss most of his final season at OSU, but his dedication to his rehab and his subsequent return to glory proves that he can be expected to get back to being healthy and have an impact on his team’s 2021 season.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants

The 24-year old star running back and former Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowler had his third NFL season cut short after just two games when he suffered a torn ACL in a game against the Bears, something that happened for three games the prior season due to an ankle injury that time.

Barkley is an exceptional runner with quickness and a feel for where the defense is not, so far in 31 games having posted almost 500 carries for 2,344 yards and 17 touchdowns in addition to catching 149 passes for another 1,219 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The Giants need Barkley’s production and just the potential threat he poses whenever he steps onto the field, so for him to return at full strength is key to their success and will help gain him some votes for this CPotY award.

No Chance to Win

Kyle Long, G, Chiefs

When the offensive line is doing its job well, you hardly realize that they are there, which is why the Chief’s new guard Kyle Long is the longshot for these comeback honors now that his temporary retirement has ended.

Long was dealing with an ongoing string of injuries that caused him to announce his retirement in January 2020, but the Chiefs saw him as a valuable unrestricted free agent and picked him up earlier in the offseason.

Tough for a guard to shine enough to win this award, but Long plays for the Chiefs now and he’s protecting star QB Patrick Mahomes, so that gives him an edge, unlike no other O-lineman.

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