Ryan Mallett Says Patriots Now Have Three Great Quarterbacks. Which Is True, If You’re Drunk And Staring At Tom Brady

Ryan Mallet

Ryan MalletBackup quarterbacks rarely get attention, and when they do, it’s usually because something bad happened to the starter. Even rarer – unprecedented, even – is a backup being upstaged by a third-stringer. But that’s what happened to Ryan Mallett this week when the Patriots signed free agent Tim Tebow. Media attention was at a fevered pitch Tuesday when Tebow arrived for his first practice and gave a brief statement to reporters afterward. Mallett had his moment on Wednesday, though, and the unusually large crowd of cameras, microphones, and reporters converging on him seemed to take him by surprise.What was no surprise, to anyone, was the direction in which the media’s questions went. They wanted Mallett’s thoughts… on Tebow. “There’s always competition at every position. It’s part of the job,” the 25-year-old said matter-of-factly. So, when he heard the news of Tebow’s signing, he thought… ? “Great… he’s a great player, you know. We’re going to go out every day and get better and do what we can to be a good team.”The Patriots now have two larger-than-life personalities among their three quarterbacks: one of the best QBs of all time as the starter, in Tom Brady, and the cultural phenomenon of Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner and three-time finalist for college football’s most prestigious award. In the middle, there’s Mallett. “It’s kind of unique, how it’s set up [at the QB position],” Mallett conceded, “but we have three great players in that room who have the ability to help our team win.” (read more at Patriots.com)