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Tom Brady to sit, Ryan Mallett to start tonight

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Tom Brady got some good work in joint practices with Washington this week.

So they’re not going to bother with any more tonight.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Brady will sit and Ryan Mallett will start tonight’s game for the Patriots.

Tom Brady has paid his dues this week.

Brady has sat out three preseason openers before (2005, 2008 and 2011), so it’s not a new thing. And he completed 60-of-80 passes in the joint workouts this week, so he’s obviously feeling sharp.

If anything, it gives the Patriots a chance to polish up Mallett for a potential trade, since they drafted Jimmy Garoppolo this spring, and Mallett’s in the final year of his rookie deal.

But playing well would be the first step in that process, and it starts tonight.

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23 Responses to “Tom Brady to sit, Ryan Mallett to start tonight”
  1. jjb0811 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:30 AM

    $80 tickets come get your tickets! Why watch a HoF only play 1 drive when you can watch a career backup play a whole quarter!

  2. jaxairsupport says: Aug 7, 2014 7:47 AM

    He can throw it over them mountains

  3. uglydingo says: Aug 7, 2014 7:47 AM

    37 year old Tom, last season’s 20th best pass completion % QB, is kept in cottonwool surrounded by bubblewrap in controlled temperatures protected by his personal security team. The Patriots are going nowhere without him this season and Bill knows it.

  4. 6ball says: Aug 7, 2014 7:47 AM

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    The only way to prove your worth during the preseason is to play against your opponents starters.

    Mallet has been the NFL Man of Mystery since being drafted. Very few have actually seen him play.
    .

  5. cash804 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:51 AM

    Orakpo, Kerrigan and Murphy are salivating…HTTR!!!

    #REDSKINS

  6. hakunamangata says: Aug 7, 2014 7:56 AM

    Trade bait.

    How much do you think Houston will give up for him?

  7. theboneski3 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:12 AM

    They’re just afraid of the Redskins pass rush.

  8. jnbnet says: Aug 7, 2014 8:22 AM

    It’s Mallettt’s time to shine.

  9. marcuswelby1 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:26 AM

    I doubt Mallett is going anywhere…no way do they rely on Garappolo as Brady’s backup.

  10. beachsidejames says: Aug 7, 2014 8:38 AM

    Tom doesn’t need to play . He’s that good and too valuable to risk injury. I only would have been surprised if this report said he WAS playing.

  11. getyourownname says: Aug 7, 2014 9:00 AM

    Local paper talking how Brady shredded the Skins in practice sets (also how Pats schooled Skins in how to conduct professional practices), so nothing to prove by playing.

  12. revren10 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:08 AM

    The road to the Super Bowl starts tonight. The last dynasty in the modern era of football begins another one tonight. 2001,03,04 zero asterisk. The greatest Quarterback of all time Brady adds to his championships

  13. jetsbandwagon says: Aug 7, 2014 9:15 AM

    We have more Super Bowls than you, Pats! Acknowledge the truth!

    #JetsDynasty
    #WeAreGodsTeam
    #YouCheated
    #AndGotCaught

  14. jetsbandwagon says: Aug 7, 2014 9:17 AM

    Two teams, two crappy backups, two overrated QBs who whined and whined about their ACL! What losers!

    #JetsDynasty

  15. brizalmighty says: Aug 7, 2014 9:19 AM

    finally he gets to play with the starters and show what he can do. ever since hes been in ne hes had no playing time or threw to backup scrub wrs and the pats havent really had any depth at wr or te to start with. still dont have a deep wr and gronk is out, but hes got the oline and starting wrs so its a good opportunity to see what he can do. im betting after this preseason teams will be on the phone ponying up a 1st round pick.

  16. weepingjebus says: Aug 7, 2014 9:22 AM

    Doh, I bought a parking pass like 2 hours ago.

  17. gayforbrady says: Aug 7, 2014 10:20 AM

    Ryan mallet has more upside than geno smith.

    I am going to watch both games tonight. Obviously it’s preseason and the games don’t count.

    The jets are a team in gastric distress.

    #gastricdistress
    #jetsepicfail
    #evenFIREMANguyhatesthejets
    #jetscreateAPPthatgeneratesexcuseses
    #jetspunterturnsouttobetheBESTintheNFL
    #ifGODlovedthejetsHEwouldmovetheteam
    #jetsFAILtoselloutgames
    #genoasksNFLtocountINTERCEPTIONSasreceptions
    #jetsFAILtomakeplsyoffs

  18. CKL says: Aug 7, 2014 10:30 AM

    I’m a Pats fan but I don’t care who starts at QB in the preseason. I want to see the starting defense!

  19. jchipwood says: Aug 7, 2014 11:10 AM

    I wonder if Bill is going to steal signals for Mallet too. You have to practice everything during the preseason.

  20. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 7, 2014 11:32 AM

    The Rest of the NFL doesn’t deserve to see him yet they can wait they don’t deserve it now

  21. nickinneohio says: Aug 7, 2014 12:04 PM

    The Patriots agains the Slurs…interesting.

  22. revren10 says: Aug 7, 2014 2:02 PM

    @jetsbandwagon. The patriots have 3 titles to your Jets 1. So basic math dictates we have more. Zero asterisks since it wasn’t against the rule during those years. Plus we must remember it was the jets who turned in the patriots even though they were doing the same thing. The jets zero superbowl titles since jets became snitches

  23. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 10, 2014 10:40 PM

    Mallett sucks… and I called this before the draft

    wasted pick

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