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Who will start at QB for the New England Patriots in Week 1?
29th April, 22:14The New England Patriots allowed arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history to enter free agency this offseason, and to the surprise of most, Tom Brady actually left, signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Below, we will take a look at who could possibly replace Brady and start for the Patriots in Week 1 and the odds for each player via BetMGM.
New England Patriots' Week 1 starter: Best bets
Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Odds last updated Wednesday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Jarrett Stidham (-200)
The most likely starter for the Patriots in Week 1 is Stidham, who the Patriots selected with the 133rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Stidham played well in preseason last year, throwing for 731 yards and four touchdowns.
He's certainly not a polished passer, but he has the requisite tools and athleticism to win in the NFL. Heading into the summer, he looks like the favorite to win the job. At -200, there is still some value here as it's tough to see any way the Patriots bring in a street free agent to replace him. Expect Stidham to be the team's Day 1 starter at the quarterback position.
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Brian Hoyer (+600)
The best bet given the odds to start in Week 1 is Hoyer. While Hoyer has never started a game for the Patriots in parts of five total seasons, he knows the system well and is highly experienced. If head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels want to go with a veteran presence early in the season, rather than Stidham, Hoyer is the most likely candidate to fill that role. At +600, Hoyer isn't a bad bet to start in Week 1.
New England Patriots' Week 1 starter: Long shots Cam Newton (+250)
One quarterback who is currently on the free-agent market that could pique the Patriots' interest is Newton. After being released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this offseason, Newton is looking for any job right now, including being a backup. While it's certainly possible the Patriots could have an interest, it is tough to imagine him joining the team anytime soon and then winning the job ahead of Week 1. The odds aren't profitable enough to warrant a bet.
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Andy Dalton (+1400)
Dalton is another veteran quarterback who could be available to the Patriots if they decide to try to upgrade their quarterback situation. After being benched for Ryan Finley last season, Dalton is now likely to be the backup behind Joe Burrow for the 2020 Cincinnati Bengals, provided he isn't traded. Dalton has shown enough in the NFL that he can be a team's starter, but he wouldn't be a long-term option for the Patriots.
Jacoby Brissett (+3500)
Brissett has seemed to have fallen out of favor in Indianapolis, as they signed free-agent veteran Philip Rivers this offseason, and he's now viewed as a long-shot candidate to be reunited with the Pats. New England dealt Brissett to the Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett ahead of the 2017 season. He played three games with two starts for the Patriots as a rookie in 2016, going 1-1 with 400 passing yards, zero touchdowns and no interceptions. Don't expect a reunion for Brissett in New England.
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