Aug 7, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) prepares to throw the ball against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mallet runs for TD, gives Patriots 28-21 lead (GIF)

The New England Patriots are trying to figure out their future at quarterback and that has many thinking about how Ryan Mallet fits into things this season and beyond.

No one is going to force Tom Brady out of the starting role, but the question of who his backup is going to be has been a relevant discussion for a a few years now, and right now Mallet is in a race against rookie Jimmy Garoppolo to try and win the job and keep his roster spot.

It’s an uphill battle though, as Garoppolo isn’t going to be cut and the chances that Mallet is traded are rather high. That’s why when he does well, like running for a touchdown, only increases his value for the Patriots in a trade.

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Mallett is likely going to be gone this offseason, as Garoppolo is the next likely project for the Patriots and for Brady, but the better he plays, the more attention he’s going to garner and the better the chances are that he walks into a starting role in 2014 if and when he’s traded.

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