Ryan Mallett struggles in preseason debut

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Starting Thursday’s game for the New England Patriots, Ryan Mallett struggled in the preseason opener.

Mallett started in place of Tom Brady but was just 5-of-12 for 55 yards. He short hopped passes and showed a lack of connection with his receivers.

Clearly this is not what the Patriots were hoping to see out of Mallett as a strong performance could have made him a trade chip heading into the regular season. Instead it opened the door for rookie Jimmy Garoppolo to take the role of the Patriots No. 2 quarterback.

Garoppolo played the entire second half completing 8-of-12 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.