The New England Patriots have to make a few big moves in the offseason. First, head coach Bill Belichick has to find his franchise quarterback. He had veteran Cam Newton under center in 2020 and the team missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Will the team move on from the 2015 NFL MVP? There are several theories regarding the Patriots and their starting quarterback in Week 1.
NFL experts have made so many predictions about the next quarterback. They have mentioned Newton, Deshaun Watson, and a few other big names… Truth is, each of these players can easily make the 2021 Patriots roster.
Newton failed to impress in 2020. Head coach Belichick likes him a lot despite the fact that New England missed the playoffs. Newton lacked strong weapons and his passing game wasn’t that brilliant. Many believe that Newton won’t return to New England after his big failure.
This leads us all the way to Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. Stidham is under contract but this doesn’t make him a lock for the job. Hoyer is a completely different story.
Patriots to get their next starting quarterback from another team
Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal revealed there are a few quarterbacks with better odds to start the first game of the 2021 NFL season. Neither of these players are part of the Patriots’ roster at the moment.
Believe it or not, the top odds go to Las Vegas Raiders backup quarterback Marcus Mariota at 5/2. Indianapolis Colts backup Jakoby Brissett got the second-best odds at 7/2.
Stidham is third with 4/1. Newton and the “Rookie Quarterback” field tie for fourth-best odds at 5/1.
Mariota has the top odds and that makes things really interesting for the team. He is under contract with the Raiders for one year. However, the team can get rid of him and this won’t even affect their salary cap.
The former No.2 overall pick played just one game for Las Vegas in 2020. He was great off the bench, completing 60-percent of his passes for 226 yards and a TD.