The NFL draft has passed and now teams have to figure out who their starting quarterbacks will be when the regular season starts.
Oddsmakers are not expecting many rookie quarterbacks to see the field in the opening week. BetOnline did not release odds for Trevor Lawrence or Zach Wilson, but they are both in line to start for their respective teams.
Lawrence has a passing yards total of 4,250 and a passing touchdowns total of 27. His rushing yards total is 325 and his rushing touchdowns total is 3.5. Wilson’s numbers are slightly lower, listed at 3,750 passing yards and 22 touchdown passes.
The other three prominent rookie quarterbacks that were drafted in the first round are not expected to start during the first week of the season. BetOnline lists Mac Jones at +250 to start for New England when the season begins, giving him a price of -400 to open the year on the sideline.
Chicago’s Justin Fields is +300 to start in Week 1. The offshore book lists him at -500 to sit behind Andy Dalton when the season starts.
There is a little more intrigue involving the prop for San Francisco’s Trey Lance. He is -300 to not start a game prior to the 49ers’ bye week. However, presumed starter Jimmy Garoppolo must start the opening game of the season for the prop to have action. Lance is +200 to start before the bye week, but it would have to be in Week 2 or later for this specific wager.
SportsLine oddsmakers have set the number of rookie quarterbacks to start Week 1 at 2.5, with the ‘under’ juiced to -300.
Chicago is expected to go with Dalton after paying him $10 million in free agency. Lance might not start all season if Garoppolo plays well, while the Patriots are likely going to give Cam Newton another shot.
“It’s obviously gonna take a lot of time, we’ll see how it goes,” Bill Belichick said. “Cam’s our quarterback. Whatever time Jarrett (Stidham) or Mac are ready to challenge and compete, we’ll see how that goes. Right now, Mac, he’s just got a lot of learning in front of him.”
Kyle Trask, Kellen Mond and Davis Mills were all selected later in the draft and are not expected to compete for starting spots.