FOXBOROUGH — After a slow start doomed the Patriots in the team’s preseason opener against Washington last week — and subsequently opened backup quarterback Ryan Mallett to criticism — New England will trot out its starters Friday evening in the team’s first home preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Patriots starters, including quarterback Tom Brady, are expected to take the field in their first live action after sitting against Washington. The Patriots have had three joint practices with the Eagles and are still in the midst of smoothing out the team’s roster. However it is undetermined how much Brady and the rest of the starters will actually play.
Mallett, who finished 5 of 12 passing for 55 yards in last week’s 23-6 loss to Washington, will certainly get an opportunity to improve his standing and reputation. As will rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who surprised observers with a strong showing in Washington with 157 passing yards and a touchdown.
Outside of the New York Giants, the Eagles (along with Washington) are the Patriots’ most frequented preseason competitor. The Patriots hold an 11-10 record against Philadelphia and took last season’s exhibition game at Lincoln Financial Field, 31-22.
Here are the details for Friday’s game:
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Patriots 0-1; Eagles 0-1.
TV, radio: Patriots Preseason Television Network (Dan Roche, Christian Fauria, Matt Chatham, Steve Burton) on Boston’s WBZ-TV, Springfield’s WWLP-TV, Providence, R.I.’s WPRI-TV, Manchester, N.H.’s WMUR-TV, and Hartford, Conn.’s WTNH-TV; 98.5 FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak).
Projected starting lineups
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injury reports.
Patriots offense: WR Kenbrell Thompkins, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Justin Jones, WR Julian Edelman, QB Ryan Mallett, RB Stevan Ridley, WR Danny Amendola.
Patriots defense: LE Rob Ninkovich, DT Vince Wilfork, DT Tommy Kelly, DE Chandler Jones, LB Dont’a Hightower, LB Darius Fleming, LB Jamie Collins, CB Darrelle Revis, CB Brandon Browner, S Devin McCourty, S Tavon Wilson.
Eagles offense: WR Riley Cooper, LT Jason Peters, LG Evan Mathis, C Jason Kelce, RG Todd Herremans, RT Allen Barbre, TE Brent Celek, WR Jeremy Maclin, WR Brad Smith, RB LeSean McCoy, QB Nick Foles.
Eagles defense: DE Fletcher Cox, NT Bennie Logan, DE Cedric Thornton, OLB Connor Barwin, ILB DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, OLB Trent Cole, CB Bradley Fletcher, CB Cary Williams, S Nate Allen, S Malcolm Jenkins.