2. Derwin James has stiff competition for Comeback Player of the Year
Going into the season, I consider this a much more competitive field than 2020 was on its face. Dak Prescott and Joe Burrow are both coming back from season-ending injuries. Prescott was playing like an MVP prior to getting hurt. He is considered the odds-on favorite to take the award home at +185. Being the quarterback of "America's Team" certainly doesn't hurt his case. Primetime games aplenty.
Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold have the sixth and seventh-best odds after switching teams in the offseason. Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey lead the pack when it comes to offensive skill players. Barkley suffered a torn ACL in Week two while McCaffrey was plagued by injuries throughout the season.
What all of those players have in common is being on the right side of the ball for the award. Like I mentioned earlier, it's just easier for offensive players to put up numbers that the media will notice. As much as we don't like it as Chargers fans, those players also are bigger names than James is.
If I were a betting man, some of the longshot odds also concern me. Tim Tebow of the Jacksonville Jaguars (can't believe I just typed that) is at +3000. The media certainly has never turned down an opportunity to give him praise.