Backup quarterbacks are often used on scout team offense to try and give the starting defense a good look. Ryan Mallett has had a particularly intriguing role to play this week: impersonate Peyton Manning. The Patriots in the past have done this plenty of times, especially when trying to prep for Manning. In fact, one year they even gave the game ball to the backup QB for doing such a good job all week at acting/playing just like Peyton. Mallett also admitted to having plenty of fun, especially with the 'Omaha!' calls:
“Peyton does a lot of different stuff and we try to do our best to emulate that . . . I’m always trying to keep them honest. I’m not Peyton, but I try to keep them on their toes and not let them get lulled to sleep over there. . . All the things you see him do on film, the checks he might make when he sees a certain coverage, I try to get as close as possible to what I would think he would do,’’ Mallett said. “I’ve tried everything.’’
Defensive backs Stevan Gregory and Aqib Talib had plenty of praise for their backup quarterback and the amount of work he's put in throughout the week. True dedication indeed, as Mallett's biggest impact on the Patriots this season will be how well he helped prepare the defense for their face-off against the likely NFL MVP in Peyton Manning. Hopefully his impact could even be good enough to score him the game ball if the defense is prepared well enough.