New England Patriots: Five Takeaways From Impressive Showing Versus Panthers

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Aug 22, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass to New England Patriots Taylor McCuller (48) who runs for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Patriots defeated the Panthers 30-7. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

5. Ryan Mallett vs. Jimmy Garoppolo

Garoppolo had the better game, but oddly enough, Mallett came out of this contest looking like the backup signal caller.

Bill Belichick decided to pull Brady in the first quarter, and insert Mallett to simulate an “emergency situation”. The fact that he put in Mallett instead of Garoppolo speaks to how he views this quarterback competition, especially since Mallett went up against the starting Carolina defense. He didn’t put up gaudy stats, but he played well, leading the Patriots to a field goal.

Garoppolo completed nine of the 12 passes he attempted, going for 105 yards, and a touchdown. With that said, he was playing against Carolina’s second and third stringers, while Mallett had to play against one of the best defensive units in football. I love Garoppolo’s game, but he will not be backing up Tom Brady this season. He has played brilliant football this preseason, however Mallett is still the better quarterback.