EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Second-year quarterback Ryan Mallett got the start on Wednesday night in the Patriots' 6-3 loss to the Giants, and was up and down, just like the rest of his preseason.
Mallett completed 8 of 15 passes for 40 yards and was sacked twice during the first half.
In the four exhibitions, Mallett was 33 of 67 (49.2 percent) for 300 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Caught up with Mallett after the game.
Where do you think you've improved from a year ago?
Everywhere in general. I mean, there were a lot of things last year I didnít know, I didnít really understand because I got there late. Iím not making excuses, just something I might not have gotten. Going into this year, having the spring, having the camp, knowing a little bit about whatís going on made me feel more comfortable.
Tough not getting many deep shots called?
I just try to stay with what weíre trying to do as a team, not trying to do too much. Just try to play the game like itís supposed to be played and do what we do within our offense.
Are you happy with where you are in your progress?
I donít know if you say happy but I feel better than I did after the last preseason but I still know thereís a ton of work left to do.
Where do you need to get better?
Everything. Youíve never arrived when youíre playing quarterback in this league. You have to get better every day at every little thing.
Do you feel you're building from the game experience?
You learn from every play. You go to the sideline, make your adjustments, look at the pictures, see something you might not have saw and get the same play, same coverage. You can go back and maybe make a different throw.
Feel like you're managing the game?
As a quarterback, I donít like the (term) game manager. You want to go out there and make plays when they present themselves, you donít want to force anything. But I donít know about managing the game. You have to stay within yourself when youíre playing.