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How Did The New England Patriots React To First Preseason Loss?

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Aug 7, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) throws the ball against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter during a preseason game at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After yesterday’s game was over, several New England Patriots players met with the media, and talked about the preseason opener.

Here is the full transcript:

Ryan Mallett

On assessing the game:
“I have to go watch the film – a lot of stuff we’ve got to work on, too many penalties.”

On if he felt he rushed things during the game:
“I felt comfortable back there.”

On evaluating his performance when playing against backups:
“I mean, you never know what’s gonna happen, who you’re gonna play against. You go out there and do the best you can and, like I said, we’ve got a lot of work to do to get better as a team.”

On if he feels like he is auditioning for other teams:
“Not at all. I’m playing for the Patriots. I’m playing for my team.”

On if there were moments on which he could build:
“I mean, I have to go watch the film. I haven’t been able to evaluate it or look at it and see what happened or what I could’ve done differently yet.”

On how he feels now compared to this time last season:
“I feel good. I feel comfortable – went through my reads, made a few throws I wish I could of made better.”

On wanting more reps:
“Any competitor wants to play the whole game, but I mean , I’m doing my job. That’s what I’m supposed to do.”

On the Patriots offensive packages:
“We called plays based on personnel – what we had available. I don’t think we got too complex. We just didn’t execute very well. That’s what we have to do. We’ve got to execute and do our job out there.”

On watching film:
“Obviously, you’re gonna see stuff on the film that you didn’t see in the game because your eyes may not have been over there because that wasn’t your first read. It’s tough to second guess yourself then when you’re playing the game.”

On quarterback Tom Brady helping him on the sidelines:
“Yeah, Tom’s great. You know, we go through the pitches with Josh [McDaniels], Jimmy [Garoppolo] and Tom. You know we all talk about it. We’re a cohesive group. You know, we’re teammates.”

On taking steps forward:
“I feel like I did a few positive things. A few things I wish I could do different, but that’s what practice is for. We go back to work next week and get ready to go again.
” On moving out of the pocket:
“You guys want to talk about my feet… I can move my feet a little bit.”

On his knee brace:
“I’ve played with this since I’ve been in college, so it’s the same as always.”

On if he feels time is running out for him in New England:
“No, not at all.”

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