The Ryan Mallett showcase didn’t work as intended, but the backup quarterback wasn’t offered much help last night in the Patriots’ preseason opener against the Redskins.
He was outdueled by fellow trade-bait backup Kirk Cousins, who was 9-of-13 for 103 yards and a touchdown and helped the Redskins build a 13-0 lead in the first half.
Pats rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s surprisingly productive performance was particularly noticeable after Mallett’s struggles. The second-rounder completed 9-of-13 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL action, and wide receiver Brian Tyms had five receptions for 119 yards and the scoring grab.
Mallett did have some moments, completing passes to Brandon LaFell and Josh Boyce, the story noted. The performance comes just days after Mallett was deemed NFL ready and was called someone who could start in the NFL right now.