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Bucs' Evans a favorite to win offensive rookie honors

Bucs rookie receiver Mike Evans, taken with the No. 7 pick in the NFL draft, has been set as the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, according to Las Vegas sports book

Evans came out Monday with 3:1 odds to win the offensive rookie award, just ahead of Clemson and Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, who was taken with the fourth overall pick. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, less assured of a starting role, has 15:2 odds, with another first-round receiver, FSU and Panthers star Kelvin Benjamin, next at 12:1, along with Louisville and Vikings star Teddy Bridgewater and USC and Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee.

Evans is enough of a perceived favorite for the rookie honors that the same site set over-under totals for his season stats -- 850.5 yards and 5.5 touchdowns. Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, of South Carolina and the Texans, is a heavy 2:1 favorite to win defensive rookie honors, with Buffalo and Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack next at 4:1.

The Bucs open their rookie minicamp on Friday at One Buc Place.

[Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 12:42pm]


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