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5 Things We Learned from New England’s Preseason Finale Loss vs. Giants

The New England Patriots concluded their preseason with a 6-3 loss against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium as they finish with a 1-3 record.

With New England’s starters sitting this one out, we were able to to see plenty of all the players that are on the roster bubble.

With that being said, here are five things that we learned from New England’s 6-3 loss.

 

1. Center Dan Koppen is fighting for a job: Believe it or not, but veteran center Dan Koppen is on the roster bubble.

Koppen proved in 2011 that he was expendable as he was placed on injured reserve following Week 1 and Dan Connolly was able to step in and did the job just fine.

New England had Koppen, Connolly, Ryan Wendell and Donald Thomas rotate in at center Wednesday night—which proves that Koppen might be on his way out, as he’s not as versatile as Connolly and Thomas.

 

2. Ryan Mallett wasn’t all that impressive: The second year quarterback finished Wednesday’s game completing eight of his 15 passes for just 40 yards while posting a 59.0 quarterback rating.

Mallett didn’t really move the ball and essentially didn’t do much in the competition for backup quarterback behind Tom Brady.

 

3. Like Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer didn’t do much: Hoyer produced similar numbers to Mallett’s as he completed nine of his 15 passes for 96 yards while being picked off once and posting a pitiful 51.0 quarterback rating.

As of right now, it’s hard to figure out who will be New England’s No. 2 quarterback—which leads me to believe that Hoyer will get the job as he simply has more experience than Mallett.

 

4. Brandon Bolden got plenty of touches: It’s hard to tell if Brandon Bolden will be on New England’s 53-man roster but he certainly had a solid day running the ball against New York.

The undrafted rookie ran for 59 yards on 15 carries while averaging a decent 3.9 yards per-carry.

My best guess is that Bolden will be signed to the team’s practice squad.

 

5. Sebastian Vollmer returns: New England’s starting right tackle didn’t see much of the field in Wednesday night’s game but he did enter the game midway through the team’s third-drive.

Vollmer should add stability to this group as the offensive line has struggled all preseason.

With Vollmer returning, that leaves us just waiting for right guard Brian Waters to return—which should solidity Tom Brady’s pass-protection.

 

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