Quick-hit evaluations of quarterbacks

September, 3, 2012
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After some moving and shaking, the Patriots' active roster currently stands at the 53-man limit.

Using training camp practices and preseason games, here is a brief scouting report of every offensive player on the Patriots' active roster, highlighting their strengths and limitations, beginning with the quarterbacks:

Tom Brady

Strengths: Pinpoint accuracy, dependable decision-making, poise under duress and mechanics highlight Brady’s strengths. A mastermind in the huddle and technician at the line of scrimmage, Brady has developed extreme comfort within the Patriots system. He has strong accuracy to throws all over the field, and within pocket mobility to elude rushes. Does not rush decisions, and unafraid to throw the football away when needed. A leader by example and by spoken word.

Limitations: Not a threat with his feet outside of the pocket. Brady operates almost exclusively inside the pocket and is not often rolled or sprinted out to work away from pressure. Although he maintains a high-level of play, age is not on his side. Minimal limitations overall.

Ryan Mallett

Strengths: Cannon arm. Extremely tall and enough mobility to elude and throw on the run. Will make a throw every practice that turns heads. Has played in spread-style offenses. Improving mechanics and grasp of the offense. Wants to be very good. Mallett has many of the tools, and has room for growth.

Limitations: Consistency, touch and feel. Will thread the needle on one play and overthrow a swing pass on the next. Needs to be in stride to deliver accurately. Long throwing motion. Decision-making leaves room for improvement. Just average in throwing bubble screens, tear screens and touch passes in the red zone.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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