Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 9/2/12
Quarterbacks Tom Brady was the obvious lock, but Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer were battling throughout the preseason for the primary backup job. Neither fared particularly well as Mallett completed just 49.3% of his passes for 4.5 YPA, 3 touchdowns, and an interception, while Brian Hoyer completed just 46.8% for 4.2 YPA, 1 touchdown, and an interception. Rather than keeping both, as they did last year, the Patriots went back to a roster with just two quarterbacks and made a somewhat surprising cut of Brian Hoyer. Hoyer, frequently regarded as one of the better backups in the league before this offseason, was popularly thrown into trade talks with quarterback needy teams by members of the media, but it appears that the media was overrated him. He generated no interest in trade talks and, heading into a contract year owed 1.927 million, he was seen as too expensive for a backup by the Patriots. It’s definitely possible that Mallett won this battle because of his draft status (3rd roun...
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