Mallett: It's hard to play catch-up in this offense

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Mallett: It's hard to play catch-up in this offense

FOXBORO -- Without a doubt, Ryan Mallett worked his tail off to get in shape this offseason. The results are obvious enough.
"I've lost a little fat," he said Friday. "I feel stronger, I feel quicker."
But more important than cutting fried food out of his diet was his dedication to the offense. Mallett doesn't shy away from the fact that he felt behind in his rookie season. He's just relieved he's made progress.
I was lost sometimes last year because I wasnt here from Day 1 of the camp, he admitted.
I think having a spring under my belt and going back to day one of how we do things is the stuff that I missed last year from Day 1. So I was trying to play catch-up last year and its hard to play catch-up in this offense.

There was no question to Mallett's standing last season: Backup to the quarterback's backup. He's hoping this year -- with no NFL lockout in his way -- to at least make a pass at that No. 2 spot.
Patriots director of personnel Nick Caserio hasn't discounted the possibility.
"I think its been a pretty good competition," Caserio said during his morning press conference. "I know Bill Belichick alluded to this the other day, I think, the competition between Brian Hoyer and Ryan has been pretty good.
"Theyve both had their share of good plays; theyve both had their share of bad plays. I think the most important thing is to try to eliminate the number of bad plays or mental mistakes or whatever it may be."
Unfortunately for Mallett, there have been several.
Despite his optimism ("I feel like I know what's going on, making smarter reads, protecting the ball.) he's been inconsistent at best. It seems for every pretty play there is a corresponding interception, ball in the dirt, or show of indecision. More than once during camp, the coaches have him in drills that don't have much to do with passing.
He's young, yet.
And a young quarterback being around a player like Tom Brady can't hurt. The way Caserio sees it, even if the veteran doesn't have a lot of personal time to devote to Mallett's development, communication is good enough in the meeting rooms that some wisdom can be gleaned.
Mallett will take whatever he can get.
I feel like you can always take the knowledge that theyve learned over the years and apply it to your game. You learn, you work on all the little things, then overall all the big things when it comes to the team drills," he said.
Its a process, but I feel a lot more comfortable.

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.

The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.

“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”

And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.

“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.

Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.

Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.