Originally posted on Patriots Extra  |  Last updated 7/4/13
                Ryan Mallett hasn't been heard from much since he entered the NFL.  Taken in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he slid because of character concerns and alleged drug use.  Based on ability, most analysts projected that Mallett would be a first round impact QB who could be the best in his draft class if not for his off field issues. This is what the Patriots obviously saw when they selected him.  Mallett is young and smart, but Brady will seemingly not be going anywhere for a while after his recent contract extension.  With this in mind, I think it is fair to ask whether Mallett will be the next starting quarterback of the Patriots.           As much as Patriots fans hate to admit it, Tom Brady is getting older and he has said that he would like to play until he is 40 years old.  If you trust him at his word, that would mean that Brady would call it quits in 2017, four years from now.  The Patriots would have to decide at that time who Brady's
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