Patriots QB Ryan Mallett is spending his rookie season out of the spotlight, which has been beneficial to his development.
Two rookie quarterbacks — Ryan Mallett of the Patriots and Terrelle Pryor of the Raiders — have taken similar paths to the NFL.
Respondents to a PFW web poll asking which of the rookie QBs they were most impressed with in the first week of the preseason chose the Patriots' Ryan Mallett.
Blaine Gabbert had an inconsistent NFL debut and his Jaguars teammates didn't do any better in a loss to the Patriots.
The Patriots used the 73rd overall pick to take RB Stevan Ridley, their second back selected in the draft. Ridley's name was lost in the shuffle when QB Ryan Mallett was chosen next at No. 74.