1. Quarterback Ryan Mallet has had a rough go of things so far this preseason. Do you think that he has regressed in his third year or are critics making something out of nothing?
Jon Scott: Mallett has had a difficult time
establishing himself as a viable backup to Tom Brady in his three
seasons in New England. That's not to say the light bulb
won't eventually go off for him, but his latest progress isnt' what
you'd expect from someone who was as highly regarded coming out of a
big college program.
Watching film of Maller now, compared to what we saw from the start of
camp you could make a case that he's actually improved. The problem
facing Mallett is that even with his improvement, he's just not
there. The thing that plagued him in college are showing up
at this point still. That's why his critics tend to focus on what he's
doing wrong --- it's the same thing year after year.
2. Of course it's the question on everyone's mind, but will
Tim Tebow make the Patriots 53-man opening day roster? Belichick has
yet to use him in special teams as a punt protector or as a gadget type
player as many had anticipated. Does the holy one make the final cut?
JS: Tebow has a lot to prove. The biggest
knock on him is consistency. You'll see him make a great thrown, then
he'll toss out a couple of High school worm
burners. His accuracy is questionable at best, his arm
strength is an issue, and his decision making under pressure is
probably his biggest liability. Tebow has to show he can do
something, anything, in the preseason, or he's a goner. The
Patriots may really like the guy as a person, but he's not going to
earn a roster spot on popularity… he has to earn it.
3. Wide receiver Danny Amendola has sustained his fair share
of injuries over the course of his NFL career. With Amendola already
dinged up during the preseason, does his lack of durability create a
cause for concern heading into the regular season?
JS: Amendola has a rep for being made of
glass, the Patriots were aware of that when they signed him.
The problem is they signed him to a deal that negates his durability
issues. Whether Amendola plays or not, he's going to get
paid. That's not always a good thing in New England.
The team desperately needs a Wes Welker replacement and Amendola has
proven to be just that. What Amendola needs to do is to show hae can
avoid those huge hits and stay on the field like Welker did. Without
Amendola the Patriots offense looks limited. With him it's much more
So yes, losing Amendola to injury for any amount of time is a big
concern for New England.
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