Starting for the Patriots will be Ryan Mallett who is in the last year of his contract. Obviously there are lots of reasons why Mallet will be seeing an abundance of playing time tonight. Although it is just preseason, it is still good game experience for both the Patriots and potential suitors. Having him start the game also gives Belichick the opportunity to put in rookie Jimmy Garoppolo for more reps than he would see if Brady were to start. I'm of the camp that believes that unless Garoppolo looks completely outmatched tonight that Mallett is likely playing his 2014 ball elsewhere. As with most fans, I'd like to see him get picked up by the Houston Texans. While I don't think we need Andre Johnson in return, he appears to be the fan favorite. Personally, I'd be interested in getting TE Ryan Griffin.
The second reason I like the idea of Griffin is that we can definitely use some help at tight end. Griffin had a pretty good rookie season with the Texans last season. His most impressive game came late in the season against Denver where he caught five passes for 66 yards. Seeing as how Griffin played his high school ball in New Hampshire for Londonderry and college ball for UCONN, I'm going to go out on a limb and say he probably has a lot of room for growth. What better place is there for a kid from New Hampshire to see his true potential than to play for Belichick?