Garoppolo is entering his rookie season with backup expectations in terms of competing with Mallett for his backup job, thus potentially making Mallett expendable.
Mallett, a 6-foot-6, 245 pound monster, is entering his fourth season in the league and has been a hot commodity in trade rumors throughout the league. The team has yet to send the young QB packing, thus making me believe that New England intends to keep both Mallett and Garoppolo for insurance until Brady is ready to hang up his cleats.
Mallett has not seen much game action only throwing four passes for one completion and an interception back in 2012. His arm is an absolute cannon, but still needs some tweaking, as his throws are a bit errant and inconsistent in terms of accuracy. Nonetheless, the young man has the arm strength to dial in a receiver from anywhere on the field.
Mallett will be competing with Garoppolo this offseason, however, and it will be an intriguing battle to watch. Odds are that Mallett remains the team’s second string QB due to his experience in the system.
Mallett will be a hot commodity again once the trade deadline nears. He could be shipped off to a contender missing either their starting QB due to injury, or the team that is lacking a consistent QB but owns a solid defense and a great run game. This situation could become especially fun to watch if Garoppolo begins to impress during the preseason, giving New England a bit more confidence in shipping the former third round pick elsewhere.