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Odds Favor Jarrett Stidham Being Patriots’ Starting QB in 2020, Dalton Listed at +300

Angelo Montilla

by Angelo Montilla in NFL Football

Updated Mar 9, 2021 · 4:56 PM PST

Jarrett Stidham throwing a pass
New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham passes the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Brady’s departure from New England opens the door for several QBs, including backup and favorite Jarrett Stidham
  • With Teddy Bridgewater reportedly off the table, Andy Dalton among frontrunners at +300
  • See the odds for QBs in contention to take Brady’s spot below

With Tom Brady officially moving on from the New England Patriots, which quarterback will become the six-time Super Bowl champion’s successor in Foxborough?

Early odds suggest 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham is the favorite to take over as starting quarterback in New England.

Stidham, who threw four passes as a rookie, currently sits as a +200 favorite. Can any other quarterbacks emerge as the frontrunners to win the job in New England?

Patriots’ Starting QB Odds for Week 1 of 2020 Season

Player Odds
Jarrett Stidham +200
Andy Dalton +300
Teddy Bridgewater +300
Jameis Winston +700
Derek Carr +750
Nick Foles +900
Jimmy Garoppolo +1000
Philip Rivers +1400
Joe Flacco +2500
Cody Kessler +1400

Odds taken on March 17

Stidham, entering his sophomore season with the Patriots, is the likely choice to start at quarterback for the Patriots. However, will the former Auburn pivot have a strong working relationship with head coach Bill Belichick, much like Brady did for 20-plus seasons with the Patriots?

While Stidham could be the future quarterback in New England, it’s far too early to place that kind of pressure on the 22-year-old quarterback.

There are other quarterback options on the board that present far better value for bettors.

Bridgewater Proved He Can Be a Legitimate Starting QB

Bridgewater was a strong choice, but early reports suggest the Carolina Panthers are finalizing a deal with the quarterback.

When Drew Brees went down for an extended period during the 2019 regular season, it was Bridgewater that stepped in and carried the New Orleans Saints to a winning record — eventually giving way to Brees in the post-season.

Bridgewater may not have the credentials of an elite starting QB, but he’s proved he can be more than a backup. At +300, the Patriots could take a shot at signing the free agent after Bridgewater if the deal with the Panthers falls apart.

In nine total games, Bridgewater was stellar — throwing for 1,384 yards with nine TD passes and just two interceptions. Potentially going from one winning organization in New Orleans to another in New England is exactly what Bridgewater needs.

If you’re looking for another potential QB that could replace Brady, search no further than Nick Foles — the player that led the Eagles past the Patriots in 2018.

Foles has been linked to the Chicago Bears, however, look for the Pats to take a closer look at the Super Bowl MVP as a cheaper solution with the Patriots moving on with life after Brady. Foles (+700) is coming off a disappointing campaign in Jacksonville, losing the starting job to Gardner Minshew. Foles finished with just three TD passes in four games.

Will Patriots Drive Carr to New England?

Derek Carr is another strong option at +750 as the potential starting quarterback in New England next season. The Las Vegas Raiders recently acquired Marcus Mariota from the Tennessee Titans, which could likely make Carr expendable to other NFL clubs.

Carr comes in as an intriguing +750 option and should be considered a strong candidate for the opening job in New England.

Based on how Brady performed in 2019, any of the names mentioned above would be on par or great improvements at the quarterback position for the Patriots moving forward.

Brady’s departure may also signal a complete rebuild in New England, which has won the AFC East Division the past 11 seasons and 16 of the last 17 seasons.

The odds of New England signing a veteran though seem more likely than them going with Stidham as the starter to begin the 2020 regular season.

Pick: Derek Carr (+750)

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