TAMPA — A web site that provides insight insight into various scenarios and online betting options has tabbed Jameis Winston as the odds-on favorite to open the 2020 season as the Bucs starter.
The odds-makers at SportsBettingDime.com have made Winston a 3:4 favorite to be under center when the Bucs start the new season, but also envisions other potential contenders, including current Carolina quarterback Cam Newton (25:1), San Francisco’s Nick Mullens (40:1) and New York’s Eli Manning (70:1). Odds for the field are 4:1, and odds of a 2020 draft pick starting for Tampa Bay are 5:1.
In Carolina, Kyle Allen has taken over for injured Cam Newton and may keep the job after Newton’s rehab. The 49ers’ Mullens filled in admirably for injured starter Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018, going 3-5 and completing 64 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Manning, the former Giants’ Super Bowl star, got benched in favor of rookie Daniel Jones.
Speculation will swirl all season about Winston, who’s in the last year of his contract and yet to play well enough to win over detractors. The Bucs will have to decide if they want to give Winston a multi-year extension, put the franchise tag on him or release him.
If the Bucs decide to make a change, they likely won’t be alone. The odds-makers favor the Dolphins, Bengals, Jaguars, Panthers, Broncos, Redskins and Giants having a different quarterback open the 2020 season.
Other odds set by SportsBettingDime:
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Starts an NFL game in 2020: 3/1; Fitzpatrick starts Week 1 for any team: 12/1.
Carolina - Kyle Allen 1:1; Newton 6:5; Grier 50:1; FIELD: 60/1
Chicago - Trubisky 9:5; Nick Foles: 8:1, Chase Daniel: 25:1, Cam Newton 30:1. Nick Mullens 40:1; Marcus Mariota: 45:1; Eli Manning 75:1; FIELD 3:2
Cincinnati - Ryan Finley 8:5; Andy Dalton 4:1; Joe Burrow 9:1; Tua Tagovailoa 9:1; Justin Herbert 12:1
Denver - Drew Lock 1:3; Joe Flacco 6:1; Nick Mullens: 15:1; FIELD: 21/1
Jacksonville - Gardner Minshew 1:3; Nick Foles: 7:2 FIELD 35:1
Miami - Josh Rosen 5:1; Tua Tagovailoa: 5/1; Justin Herbert 9:1; FIELD 1:1.
New England - Brady 3:7; Stidham 6:1; FIELD: 11:2.
Pittsburgh - Roethlisberger 1:2; Rudolph 7:2; FIELD: 8:1.
San Diego - Philip Rivers 1:6; Easton Stick: 19:1; FIELD 9:1.
Tampa Bay - Winston 3:4; 2020 Draft Pick 5:1; Cam Newton 25:1; Nick Mullens 40:1; Eli Manning 70:1; FIELD 4:1.
Tennessee - Ryan Tannehill 2:3; Marcus Mariota 9:1; FIELD 7:3.
Washington - Dwayne Haskins 1:2; Justin Herbert 24:1; Tua Tagovailoa 25:1; Case Keenum 25:1; Colt McCoy 29:1; FIELD 9/2.