Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio Thursday,
"It's not really something that we were interested in," Belichick said of trading Mallett. "Ryan's done a good job for us, fortunately for our team, maybe not fortunately for Ryan, he hasn't really had any playing time in the last three years but he's improved tremendously as a quarterback and we have a lot of confidence in him."
It sounds like Mallett will enter his final year on his deal as a backup behind Tom Brady.
Mallett is entering a contract year and has thrown four passes over his first three seasons while backing up Tom Brady. Meanwhile, the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round, and he might end up backing up Brady -- or at least makes Mallett expendable.
With the No. 62 pick in the NFL Draft, the
Garoppolo will be No. 3 on the depth chart for the Patriots behind
A four-year starter, Garoppolo ran a unique offense that combined an up-tempo approach with a pure read philosophy at Eastern Illinois. The end result was a slew of plays week after week -- and the stats to match. Garoppolo threw for 13,156 passing yards and 118 touchdowns over four seasons and impressively had just nine interceptions over 568 pass attempts.
He's considered a smart, big enough quarterback with a good arm and a very fast release, but questions about his experience playing in the FCS rather than the FBS cloud his future. The Patriots have time to find out with Brady not going anywhere any time soon.
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