The Patriots may be looking for another possible quarterback to groom behind Tom Brady a year from now if 2011 third-round pick Ryan Mallett does not show any sign of improvement over the next year. Bill Belichick has already shown no hesitation in cutting ties early with a similarly drafted player in Kevin O'Connell.
Between Mallett's struggles thus far this offseason, as reported by Patriots Football Weekly's Andy Hart, and Brian Hoyer's likely departure from Foxboro via free agency next March, the Patriots could fall into the market for a new backup to develop. Perhaps the next quarterback they select could be groomed as their next starter for down the line. Let's not get ahead of ourselves with that one though, since Brady plans on playing for quite a while as he told SI's Peter King in May.
Mike Glennon is a quarterback that burst onto the scene at N.C. State just one year ago, throwing for 3,054 yards and 31 touchdowns in his first season replacing Russell Wilson, who left for Wisconsin and has since been drafted by the Seattle Seahawks.
Already viewed as a mid-round pick, Glennon heads into this season with many more eyes on him than he did previously. He has some arm strength to him, just not up to Mallett's caliber. He does, however, display more of a comfort level throwing touch-and-screen passes than Mallett, something key in offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' offense.
He may be a bit under the radar as of now, but something tells me if the Patriots do not get their hands on this kid, someone else will still turn him into a good player in the league down the line.