Poll: Backup QB for the Patriots

August, 21, 2012
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New England Patriots second-year quarterback Ryan Mallett got a surprise start over Brian Hoyer on ESPN's "Monday Night Football." Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided to rest many of his key veterans, including starting quarterback Tom Brady.

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Who should be New England's No. 2 QB?

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Discuss (Total votes: 4,893)

But this brings up to our latest poll question: Has Mallett surpassed Hoyer on New England's depth chart?

Mallett did pretty well against the Philadelphia Eagles' starting defense, completing 10-of-20 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. What's even more impressive is Mallett didn't have top weapons like receiver Wes Welker and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The stage didn't seem too big, as Mallett led the Patriots to an 11-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Hoyer struggled and completed 5-of-17 passes for 55 yards and a lost fumble. He has more experience than Mallett but not the physical tools. Should the Patriots still be more comfortable with Hoyer as the backup if Brady gets injured?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on who should be New England's No. 2 quarterback entering the regular season. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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