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Steelers’ Devin Bush jumps into the lead for best odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year

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In odds updated after Week 1 of the preseason, Bush moves into the top spot

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When placing a wager on anything associated with the NFL, timing is everything. To maximize your winnings, or to get the best possible lines, placing your bet at the precise moment can make or break the wager. If you were hoping to make the most money on Devin Bush winning Defensive Rookie of the Year (DROY), your time may have passed after his performance against Tampa Bay on Friday night.

Before preseason games were played, Bush was tied for fifth on the list for DROY according to oddsshark.com with 10/1 (+1000) odds on July 18. The top spot went to Nick Bosa at 5/1 followed by Josh Allen at 7/1, Devin White at 8/1, and Quinnen Williams at 17/2. Ed Oliver was the other player tied with Bush at 10/1.

In an article publish on Sunday, August 11 on Oddsshark.com, the odds courtesy of Bovoda have shifted to favor the Steelers first-round draft pick. After his debut on Friday, Devin Bush is now at 5/1 (+500) odds to bring home the DROY honor, matching Nick Bosa’s initial mark. With injuries keeping him out of the preseason and the fear they could linger into regular-season play, Bosa’s line has dropped to 15/2 which is still enough to keep him in second place. With the exception of Devin White remaining at 8/1, all other players previously in the top ten saw their odds making them less likely to win the award.

As for why Bush’s odds lowered by half, it was not merely his performance in a meaningless game to start the season. With playing time a large determining factor for winning Defensive Rookie of the Year, Bush showed on Friday night he is ready to step in at a key position on the Steelers defense. If Bush can match his playing time with the productivity he showed in the only game under his belt in the NFL, his chances of being in the running for DROY are fairly certain.

The cutoff for placing bets on season awards like Defensive Rookie of the Year is September 5. With three more preseason games to go, these odds could continue to change for many of the players. Of the various individual awards, the offensive and defensive rookie honors are the ones affected the most my preseason games. When the original lines came out, all the odds-makers had to go on was college tape and statistics. With only one game so far to show how players could possibly be utilized, there was already a lot of movement. One can only imagine how the odds will continue to shape up after three more games, let alone how injuries could become a larger factor.

If 5/1 odds are appealing to you as a sports gambler, placing a wager on Bush would be a wise decision. If you happened to be someone who got in on the action ahead of time, the 10/1 odds are looking pretty good right about now. But if you are a Steelers fan who doesn’t actually place wagers but instead likes to see how things are projected for the season, the lowering of Devin Bush’s line is a welcomed sight for the 2019 season.