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Tim Tebow falling short of Patriots’ standard of play

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FOXBOROUGH — None the worse for wear after tweaking his left knee in Wednesday’s joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady came out and completed his first 11 passes in the Patriots’ 25-21 preseason victory Friday night at Gillette Stadium.

After playing just two series and completing 11 of 12 for 107 yards and a touchdown, Brady set the bar high for those who followed him in the team’s second exhibition game.

Ryan Mallet seemed to cement his role as the backup, completing 12 of 20 passes for 137 yards and one TD, but the same could not be said of Tim Tebow, the iconic third-string quarterback, who fell woefully off the mark.

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