Not only do the Patriots have perhaps the best passer in the NFL in Tom Brady, but they also have a solid backup option in Ryan Mallett. However, there were rumors prior to the draft that Mallett was a potential trade candidate. Is that still the case?
Well not according to head coach Bill Belichick, who talked to SiriusXM radio via CBS Sports recently:
“Well, that's not really something that we're that interested in. Ryan's done a good job for us. Fortunately for our team, maybe unfortunately for Ryan, he hasn't really had any playing time in the last three years but he's improved tremendously as a quarterback and as a football player and we have a lot of confidence in him."
So it appears that the Pats plan to keep all three quarterbacks on the roster in a bid to maintain depth in the most important position in the game.
But if that's the case, why did the Patriots draft Garoppolo so high? Well Belichick said: "Jimmy was a player that we had a high grade on and at that position I just don't think you can afford to pass up a player that you think has that kind of value."
It certainly seems like that Patriots are keen to prepare for the future with their stable of young quarterbacks and there may be a time soon when Mallett or Garoppolo are required. However for the time being, Tom Brady will remain the man in Foxboro.