- There are a number of teams employing serviceable veteran quarterbacks and rookie signal-callers
- Jameis Winston vs. Taysom Hill will certainly be a quarterback competition to follow
- Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and FOX Bet
Like with any NFL season, there are a significant number of storylines to look forward to. But what’s interesting about this year specifically is that there are multiple teams that drafted quarterbacks in the first round but also employ serviceable veterans at the same position who could likely start Week 1.
Many will go back and forth on who may be under center for the Patriots, Saints, 49ers, and Bears to commence the regular season. The Broncos additionally find themselves in the conversation, but that’s only because it’s unclear if Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater is really capable of being the man for the crucial job.
And to get in on the fun, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and FOX Bet have provided odds for the aforementioned teams’ quarterback competitions ahead of the new 17-game slate.
Patriots QB 1: Cam Newton or Mack Jones?
After re-signing Cam Newton to a one-year deal, the Patriots drafted Alabama quarterback Mac Jones at No. 15 overall in this year’s first round. Jones seems like the perfect type of quarterback for Bill Belichick’s system — he’s someone who’s not overly mobile and is more of a pocket passer that needs a solid offensive line to operate, kind of like Tom Brady.
However, oddsmakers believe Newton will ultimately get the nod to begin the regular season. The odds for Cam to start Week 1 are -278 at DraftKings Sportsbook, -270 at FanDuel Sportsbook, and -300 at FOX Bet.
Mac Jones is +275, +230, and +225 at DraftKings, FanDuel, and FOX Bet, respectively.
Jarrett Stidham is additionally on the board at +900, +1200, and +1200 at DraftKings, FanDuel, and FOX Bet, respectively, but barring injury, the former Auburn quarterback is a long shot to start for the Pats.
Saints Starting QB: Winston or Taysom?
When Drew Brees needed to miss some time due to injury last year, some thought former No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston would be the man under center for New Orleans. Sean Payton chose Taysom Hill though, and the dynamic…uh…athlete, I guess, started four games at quarterback for the NFC squad.
However, Jameis is more of a natural quarterback (he’s a Heisman Trophy winner for crying out loud), and the Saints did indeed re-sign him to a one-year deal, so they do believe in him.
Odds to start week 1:
DraftKings has Winston at -200 and Hill at +145 to start Week 1.
FanDuel has Winston at -280 and Hill at +220 while FOX Bet has Winston at -350 and Hill at +215 to start.
49ers QB: Garoppolo or Lance?
Some believed the 49ers were just going to go into the 2021 season with Jimmy Garoppolo as their clear-cut starting quarterback. But then, general manager John Lynch pulled off a huge move, trading up from No. 12 to No. 3 overall in the draft. If you do that, it most likely means you’re eyeing a quarterback, and the 49ers did just that with the selection of North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.
Listen, Lance is highly talented and I believe he’s someone who could thrive in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. But given his lack of experience up to this point (he didn’t play a full 2020 season), it would be best to sit him behind Garoppolo, who played in a Super Bowl as recent as February 2020.
And by the way, did you realize that Josh Rosen is still in the league? Yes, the 2018 first-round pick at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals is with the 49ers and currently on the roster. If you bet on him to start though, it would be a complete and total miracle, just saying.
DraftKings has Garoppolo at -278, Lance at +220, and Rosen at +3300 to start.
FanDuel has Garoppolo at -320 and Lance at +240.
FOX Bet has Jimmy G. at -250, Lance at +187, and Rosen at +4000.
Bears Starting QB: Dalton or Fields
It was clear to some (not all) that the Bears weren’t just going to take on the 2021 campaign with Andy Dalton as their only serviceable quarterback. That’s why it wasn’t surprising to that group of individuals when Chicago traded up to draft Ohio State’s Justin Fields at No. 11 overall.
The Bears did tweet a picture of Dalton in March with the caption “QB1,” and although that could’ve been a smokescreen in the process of drafting Fields, there’s a real good chance Dalton will actually start Week 1 (Fields will need some time to develop).
Don’t forget, the Super Bowl 52 hero, Nick Foles is also on the roster — he could be an emergency backup early on, but the organization isn’t banking on him being any sort of long-term starter (at least we don’t think).
Dalton is -250 to start at DraftKings Sportsbook and -275 at FOX bet. Fields is +200 at DraftKings and +200 at FOX Bet while Foles is +1600 at DraftKings and +1800 at FOX Bet.
Broncos Starting QB: Lock or Bridgewater?
Lock knows the system. Bridgewater is more experienced and has been in the postseason.
It’s very much unclear who will be under center for Denver come Week 1 — this might be the most uncertain quarterback competition on the entire list.
Brett Rypien is also an option to bet on, but as you can guess, he won’t be the answer for the lingering question unless there’s an injury to any of the aforementioned individuals.
Odds to start week 1:
FanDuel Sportsbook has Lock at +145, Bridgewater at +145, any other quarterback at +220, and Rypien at +1600.