Mallett at backup means Pats are without a net

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Mallett at backup means Pats are without a net

FOXBORO - The Patriots better hope Tom Brady gets rid of the ball damn quick and Marcus Cannon stays on the sidelines this season. Because the release of Brian Hoyer on Friday means that the only thing standing between the Patriots and a quick slide to mediocrity is Brady's health and the beginning of the Ryan Mallett Experience. Mallett's not ready. Period. His decision-making, his accuracy, his tempo in and out of the huddle, his pocket-awareness, his confidence, it simply didn't show up in preseason. Not just the games but in the practices and the drills as well. As underwhelming as Hoyer was in preseason play, as noodle-armed as he is on any throw over 25 yards, when it comes to decision-making Hoyer is Stephen Hawking, Mallett is Snooki. You saw that practice after practice when Hoyer was the more accurate, precise and decisive thrower by a far sight. Honestly, it's a good thing Mallett's arm is twice as strong as Hoyer's. He makes decisions half as fast and has to fit balls into tiny, often non-existent windows. Unfortunately, he's got the potential to hit a cheerleader with any throw because of his too-busy mechanics. I'm not saying that Mallett won't get better and that he cannot be a good NFL quarterback. I'm saying that putting him a missed block away from quarterback the defending AFC Champion's ensuresthat, if worse comes to worse,expect the worst. Screwed either way if Brady got hurt? I disagree. Hoyer at least could caddy the Patriots into the playoffs if Brady got himself hurt. Mallett will crash the bus.Wednesday night against the New York Giants' scrubs, Mallett started the game by throwing low on a screen to Eric Kettani, throwing late to the sideline after being befuddled (shoulda been a pick-6) and throwing behind Jesse Holley on another screen. Simple throws. He also took a pair of sacks. Mallett was 33 of 67 (49.2 percent) for 300 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.He outplayed Hoyer statistically and Mallett did have a nice end-of-game run against the Bucs. But his performance was outrageously poor in some camp practices, to the point that I felt compelled to ask Bill Belichick two weeks ago if there was anything redeeming about Mallett's struggles. It's a very worthwhile read, all of it. Not because of the stellar prose by me, but Belichick's insight. This is the part I'll share."For any player, you want to try to make sure that the player is improving," Belichick said. "As long as he's improving, then you're not sure how far he can go. Once they stop improving for whatever the reasons are, once there is no more improvement then you have to decide as an organization what value that player has at that level. If you're happy with it and it's a good level, then great. If it's not and you don't think it's going to get any better then you have to live with that or replace the player with somebody else that maybe isn't as good that you think could be better."

And that, in a nutshell, is why Hoyer is gone and Mallett remains. Hoyer hit his ceiling, in the Patriots' eyes. Mallett's still heading up. Which is nice. Meanwhile, though, "Heads up, Brady..."

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Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.

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