First, I feel like I need to explain why this position battle is important.
If you’ll remember, Tom Brady missed nearly an entire season a few years ago. His backup, Matt Cassel, had a Pro-Bowl caliber season and led the Patriots to an 11-5 record. That lone season catapulted him to a big contract as the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.
History could repeat itself. Hoyer has looked consistently good in junk time and played well in Brady’s place during the first preseason game, going 15 for 21 for 171 yards and a touchdown. He’s becoming a solid backup and can clearly run the offense.
Mallett also had a good game, going 12 for 19 for 164 yards and a touchdown. Mallett is 6’6” with a big arm and, even though he struggled with decision-making in college, has tremendous upside.
Winner: Hoyer will be the No. 2, ultimately because of his superior experience and familiarity with the offense. However, Mallett will be a guy to watch in the years to come, especially when Brady nears retirement.