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Our position-by-position Patriots preview concludes with the quarterbacks. The Patriots are expected to carry the same three quarterbacks as they did last season: Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, and Ryan Mallett.
Need anything be said? The man has won two NFL MVP’s, three Lombardi Trophies, has authored the longest winning streak in NFL history, and holds the single-season passing TD record. At the age of 35, the Michigan product has shown no signs of slowing down.
Entering the final year of his contract, Hoyer is hoping that other teams notice his preseason performance and either trade for him before the Week 6 trade deadline, or ink him to a multi-year deal as an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Hoyer has shown flashes of brilliance since going undrafted out of Michigan St. in 2009, completing 62.8% of his passes over his three years in New England. Hoyer undoubtedly could start on quite a few teams in the league, and the Patriots should be happy to let him go after the season and collect a draft pick as compensation.
Widely regarded as owning the best arm in the 2011 NFL draft, Mallett fell to the third round due to perceived character issues. Mallett didn’t play a single snap in his rookie season, but appears to be being groomed as Tom Brady’s heir at starting QB.