We saw troubling characteristics out of Mallett on Thursday that we have seen in many preseason appearances. He is not comfortable in the pocket, and he has erratic accuracy. One of his passes to an open receiver went into the ground. He hasn't consistently exhibited a good feel for the game during four years of preseason outings.
"The fact that nobody Pats-related ever went after him speaks volumes," one NFC executive told NFL Media's Albert Breer about Mallett's trade value this week. "Plus, he can't help you this year, so why not just sign him as a free agent?"
We expect Mallett to remain in New England this year. The bigger question: Will he be the team's backup?
Look for Garoppolo to get a chance to play with the backups at some stage during the preseason, and possibly pass Mallett on the depth chart.