Aug 15, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-35. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

NFL rumors: Patriots could trade Ryan Mallett if Jimmy Garoppolo impresses on Thursday

Earlier in the day on Monday it was announced that rookie Jimmy Garoppolo will play most of the New England Patriots’ final preseason game on Thursday, leading many to believe that he is indeed the front runner to the backup job over Ryan Mallett. However, this decision to let Garoppolo have the keys to the Ferrari for most of the night could have serious implications on whether or not Mallett sticks around much longer.

With the trade rumors swirling around Mallett, especially with the Rams needing someone under center with Sam Bradford done for the 2014 campaign, Ian Rapoport believes that should Garoppolo open some eyes on the coaching staff with a successful, lengthy performance on Thursday night, then they’ll feel more comfortable about dealing Mallett.

If we have learned anything about the Patriots organization throughout the years, top to bottom, it’s that they’re perfectionists. That’s why it’s no surprise that they want one final good look at their rookie before parting ways with Mallett.

So far through the preseason, Garoppolo has been about everything they could have asked for as a rookie. All he has to do, apparently, is turn in one final good showing, and that may signal the end of the Mallett stay in New England.

The the question will turn to what the Rams can offer, if this is the signal caller that they covet.

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