New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett will start the team's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins on Thursday.
Mallett, a third-round pick of New England in 2011, is entering the final season of his rookie contract, and the Patriots have expressed interest in trading him in the past. According to the report, he's had his best training camp to date this season, completing 64 percent of his passes in full-pads practices this week.
The Redskins and Patriots have held joint practices this week as part of preparation for their preseason game.
- Ben Estes