New England Patriots Season Preview: Quarterbacks
Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 02:21 PM
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There is little to say about Tom Brady that hasn't already been said. This year Brady doesn't even figure to feature in the pre-season despite the addition of Chad Ochocinco to the offense.
There is no question who will be the team's starting quarterback on opening day or throughout the season. That question hasn't been asked since Drew Bledsoe was ousted from the position by Brady in 2001.
The returning league MVP—the sole unanimous winner of the award—will once again be looking to lead his offense to being one of the best in the league in 2011.
Brian Hoyer may not be a Patriot for too long considering he has probably shown about as much as Kevin Kolb to this point in his career.
Hoyer hasn't been unsettled by the addition of Ryan Mallet through the NFL draft. I doubt the talented youngster will be traded before this season as his value isn't at its peak without some more appearances in the regular season so he should remain the backup to Brady.
Hoyer has a firm grasp of the offense and throws an accurate football with a tight spiral. He will not let the team down should he be forced into action.
Mallett looked like a player with a point to prove during his preseason debut and I'd expect that to continue whenever he is given a chance to shine.
For a first round talent to fall to the third round, there is generally two ways a person can react. Either they use it as motivation and try to stick it to every team that refused to draft them—case study: Maurice Jones-Drew who wears number 32 for the 32 teams that passed him in the first roud—or they question their own ability and lose confidence.
Early signs have said that Mallett will be fighting for his place in the league rather than sulking at his mistreatment.
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