Andrew Walter completed 5 of 9 passes for 62 yards as the first quarterback in behind Tom Brady during the Patriots' 27-25 exhibition triumph over the Eagles Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Walter, not incumbent backup Kevin O'Connell, took over for Brady late in the second quarter and kneeled out the clock on the Patriots' final series of the first half. Walter remained in the game and played much of the second half (with O'Connell taking over with 5:35 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Walter admitted after the game that it wasn't a sharp outing.
"There's a lot of room for improvement, a lot of work to be done," he said. "Definitely not as sharp as we'd like to be. I think this is Day 7 or Day 10 -- or somewhere in there --so obviously there's a whole lot of work to be done."
Asked about the decision to play Walter as the first backup, coach Bill Belichick said following the game: "We just havenít seen Andrew play. We had an opportunity to see him play so I wanted to do that. Just the whole process of learning our offensive system, getting the plays, calling them, some of the checks or adjustments that were made next to the line of scrimmage. It was good for him to do that in game action. I think that after playing a game you kind of understand a little bit more why we have some things in our offense that we have. We practice them, thatís one thing, but playing in a game ó sometimes that experience is a little bit different. So it was a good learning experience for Andrew."
While noting that we're just a quarter of the way through the preseason schedule, how are you feeling about the backup quarterback spot? Will Walter end up as Brady's primary backup, or will O'Connell win that job? Vote in our poll below and we'll continue to track your confidence in the backup quarterbacks this preseason.
Earlier this month, we ran a backup quarterback poll and 61.7% of voters felt O'Connell would emerge at No. 2. Let's see where voter confidence stands in Walter.