As expected, New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallettis back at practice today after sustaining a minor head injury during Friday’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mallett’s injury was worth closely monitoring for concussion symptoms, but he showed none during the game and is a full go going forward. The Patriots decided to pull him out of the game with less than two minutes left in the first half, and head coach Bill Belichick stated that Mallett was scheduled to leave the game only shortly after anyway.
The Patriots utilized their quarterbacks inversely proportional to their standing on the depth chart, so Tim Tebow received the most time while Tom Brady had the least. The three quarterbacks performed in the order that we would expect them to with Brady looking sharp and Tebow looking incredibly unpolished.
Ryan Mallett’s numbers from the game looked very disappointing, but I thought he threw the ball a bit better than the numbers indicate. That’s not to say that Mallett did well by any means, but he wasn’t nearly as bad as his QB Rating would suggest. Mallett made a few good throws and showed off some more good arm talent, but the fact of the matter is that Mallett had a subpar outing and needs to do a whole lot better. If Mallett wants to start in this league, it has to be outside of New England, and the only way for him to put himself in that position is to perform at a high level in the preseason and fetch a high draft pick in a trade.