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

New England Patriots won't cut Ryan Mallett

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Over the course of Ryan Mallett’s three-year career, he has attempted just four passes, completing one for 17 yards.

That hasn’t stopped several analysts from discussing the 74th-overall pick of the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft as a future starter. That chatter began to die down when the Patriots selected Jimmy Garoppolo with the 62nd-overall pick in the second of this year’s draft. In fact, Garoppolo began seeing time before Mallett during the preseason. That has led to speculation the Patriots may cut Mallett if they couldn’t trade him.

However, according to Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald, Mallett has made the team.

Ryan Mallett has made it through the 4 p.m. deadline, so the Patriots will carry three quarterbacks into the regular season for the first time since 2011. Keep in mind, the Patriots made 27 roster moves last year during Week 1, and 11 more in Week 2, so these things are as fluid as they come.

The question is who was the final cut? They’ve still got 10 offensive linemen on the roster, and Chris Barker is at the bottom of the depth chart, but it wasn’t him. Jordan Devey, Brandon Bolden, Darius Fleming, Chris White and Tavon Wilson would all appear to be candidates for the final cut, but there’s been no word on them. Stay tuned.

It makes some sense to keep him because Mallett would have been scooped up quickly if he was released. Now, the Patriots still be able to deal him.

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