FOXBORO - Second string quarterback Ryan Mallett discussed newcomer Tim Tebow and life as Tom Brady’s backup during Day 2 of the New England Patriots mandatory mini-camp Wednesday.
Mallett told the media after practice he did not feel threatened by the Patriots bringing in Tebow.
“There’s always competition at every position so you know it is part of the job,” said Mallett, drafted in the third round (74th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Patriots. “I’ve continued to improve to get my body in shape … You want to do your best and perform. I’m going out to help the Patriots. I’m a Patriot. All this other stuff being talked about, I don’t have anything to do with it. I come to work every day as a Patriot and try to get better.”
Mallett and Tebow both played in the SEC in college; Mallett for Arkansas and Tebow for Florida. Mallett was very complimentary of his new teammate.
“He’s a great player,” said Mallett. “Tim is a student of the game. He asks question to Tom and to me. He’s had a little exposure (to the New England offense), but not a lot. I’m just trying to help him out.”
Mallett is entering his third season as a Patriots backup quarterback. He said Brady has been a great influence on his growth as quarterback in the NFL.
“Of course, I would loved to have played when I came in, but seeing how the game works … I feel it’s like something that has helped me,” said Mallett. “I can hear Tom all the time. He’ll give me little pointers and I’ll ask him some times when we’re watching film and I’ll ask him what should we do right here. He’s great guy and a great teammate. He helps out and its fun playing with him.
If Brady does leave a game this season for any reason, Mallett said “if my number’s called, I’m ready to go.”
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