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Mallett feels he's making progress

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  August 29, 2012 10:53 PM

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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 didn’t know, I didn’t really understand because I got there late. I’m 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 what’s going on made me feel more comfortable.

Tough not getting many deep shots called?

I just try to stay with what we’re trying to do as a team, not trying to do too much. Just try to play the game like it’s supposed to be played and do what we do within our offense.

Are you happy with where you are in your progress?

I don’t know if you say happy but I feel better than I did after the last preseason but I still know there’s a ton of work left to do.

Where do you need to get better?

Everything. You’ve never arrived when you’re 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 don’t like the (term) game manager. You want to go out there and make plays when they present themselves, you don’t want to force anything. But I don’t know about managing the game. You have to stay within yourself when you’re playing.

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