Ryan Mallett has a bullet arm, we all know it, it’s well documented.
One thing we don't know: How does Ryan Mallett perform in games when it counts? This season, barring a disaster, we will not know the answer to this question.
Bill Belichick is willing to give Mallett more playing time this preseason. Given the fact that Mallett has shown improved decision making and accuracy during training camp, it should not come as a surprise, that the Patriots want to get as many looks as possible. Mallett has the opportunity to walk away from the Patriots after this season, entering his final year of his rookie contract.
“I think Ryan has been solid for us all year, he’s come back and done everything, done very well,” Belichick said before taking the field for joint practices with the Washington Redskins. “He’ll get an opportunity to ---he really hasn’t had an opportunity to play in a regular-season game in three years, so he’ll get a lot of playing time this year in preseason and hopefully continue to improve.” via NESN.com
The Patriots spent a second round pick on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. His struggles during the first week of training camp, come as no surprise, and are expected. During the draft some thought Mallett would be traded. This is did not happen and for good reason. Mallett is a higher value on the roster then being traded for a low draft pick.
NFL Analyst, Mike Mayock, was impressed with what he saw from Mallett today, during the joint practice with the Redskins.
"I was blown away today. I saw a legitimate NFL starting quarterback today backing up Tom Brady," Mayock said after Monday's scrimmage versus the Redskins. "So as the season progresses and we get closer to draft time and what the Patriots can or can't do with him, I think they drafted Jimmy Garoppolo for a reason, as an insurance policy. But trust me, Ryan Mallett's a starting quarterback in this league, and he popped today." via NFL.com
A ringing endorsement from a member of the media. Hype or truth? It does not matter at this point. Mallett is a Patriot and will be the insurance for Tom Brady this season. Unless a team makes an offer that the Patriots can’t refuse (something that has yet to happen since Mallett joined the team). I don't see Mallett going anywhere.