Tonight marks the opening pre season for the NewEngland Patriots more especillally for 4th year pro Ryan Mallet. Mallett whos been Tom Bradys backup for the past several seasons gets the nod as the Patriot coaching staff elected to sit Tom Brady. Mallett should see atleast three quaters of action against the Redskin defense tonight. The Pats should be familiar with the Redskins plays due to the fact theyve been having joint practice sessions with the team the past few days. This will be one of three more exhibition games the Pats must face and you can rest assured that Mallett will be given every opportunity to prove his worth in the next few weeks . On the plus side Mallett can show other NFLteams if he is starter ready or just another backup. The Pats coaching staff is grooming Jimmy Garoppolo to be the teams next qb. The rookie out of Eastern Ilinois has looked unimpressive thus far making typical rookie mistakes. Garoppolo should see at least aquater of action tonight against the skins. Other rookies Pats fan s should keep an eye on are rookie running back James White out of Wisconsin and undrafted free agent tight end Justin Jones out of East Carolina.