The New England Patriots will sit quarterback Tom Brady in their preseason opener against the Washington Redskins and have Ryan Mallett start.
The New England Patriots are scheduled to play their first preseason game on Thursday, but Patriots fans will have to wait at least another week to watch their long-time starting quarterback Tom Brady play. Their preseason opener will be against the Washington Redskins.
Instead, Ryan Mallett will start at quarterback. Mallett has been the No. 2 quarterback for the Patriots since he was drafted in 2011, and now his rookie deal is set to expire after the 2014 season.
The Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round, and he is already being seen as Brady’s eventual successor, so this game is expected to possibly be an opportunity for the Patriots to increase Mallett’s trade value and trade him to a team in need of a quarterback.
The Patriots have not sent out Mallett on the field very much in the regular season, but he is seen as one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL.