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QB Mallett shows up on radar

11/14/2012

Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett often flies under the radar, but he is making progress behind the scenes.

This week, Mallett was named one of the team's practice players of the week, which is awarded to those the coaching staff feels best prepared the team in the days leading up to a victory. Mallett joined running back Shane Vereen, safety Derrick Martin and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick to earn the honor.

On Tuesday, head coach Bill Belichick was asked about Mallett's second season.

"Relative to last year, he’s taken all of the scout team reps that last year he was basically splitting with Brian Hoyer. So, that has given him a lot more opportunity there to take snaps and also to have command of that group and run that offense on a weekly basis and the other guys that are used there. On the opportunities that he’s had to work with the regular offense and again, certainly those have been more frequent too because of his role, when he’s taken plays in there for Tom [Brady] that it’s just given him more experience and more opportunity to run our plays so he’s not always just running the other team’s plays which is the way it was last year. At least this year he’s getting more plays on the scout team and also plays with our offense. I think all those things have helped him. He’s been out there every day, he’s working hard. I guess fortunately for us he hasn’t had to play but I’m confident that if he had to, he’s taken the steps he needs to be ready to go."

The following are this year's practice players of the week:

vs. Bills

DL Brandon Deaderick

QB Ryan Mallett

S Derrick Martin

RB Shane Vereen

at Rams

FB James Develin

OL Nick McDonald

LB Jeff Tarpinian

vs. Jets

DE Jake Bequette

WR Julian Edelman

DL Marcus Forston

DE Justin Francis

WR Greg Salas

vs. Broncos

FB James Develin

TE Daniel Fells

DE Justin Francis

QB Ryan Mallett

DE Trevor Scott

at Bills

DB Malcolm Williams

at Titans

OT Marcus Cannon

WR Julian Edelman

DE Justin Francis

LB Jeff Tarpinian