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Old 11-17-2017, 19:14   #1
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Winner of the Audition Bowl? Kirk Cousins and Washington, who beat out Ryan Mallett and New England.Everything about how the Redskins and Patriots used Deacon Jones Jersey their quarterbacks in Thursday nights preseason game at FedEx Field identified it as a showcase for other teams in the market looking for a fresh face at the position.MORE: Hyde looks like 49ers future | RG3, Gruden on same page | Vick impre sive They werent the only teams measuring the value of their second-string QBs on the first full night of games, and they wont be the last this weekend, or this preseason.Its evident in the dual showcase featuring the Bucs Mike Glennon, the starter usurped by Josh McCown, against the Jaguars Chad Henne, the seat-warmer for Blake Bortles. On Thursday, two of Ru sell Wilsons four backups in Seattle Tarvaris Jackson and newcomer Terrelle Pryor, also former starters got to show their wares against Denver.And the le s said about former Jacksonville first-round pick Blaine Gabbert in his debut as Colin Kaepernicks backup in San Francisco, the better.The verdict Thursday in Landover, Maryland: Cousins, Robert Griffin IIIs backup, didnt hurt himself, while Mallett, Tom Bradys backup, didnt help himself. That might be kind to Mallett, in fact there were thumbs-down acro s the country from those who looked on.The numbers (5 of 12, 55 yards, back-to-back three-and-outs Sean Mannion Jersey to begin the game, a sack, their best drive ending in a mi sed 54-yard field goal) only scratched the surface of Malletts uneven showing.The notion in New England is that after three years backing up Brady, and with his contract expiring after this season, its time to see if he has trade value anywhere in the quarterback-starved league. Drafting Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round last spring made that even more clear.Mallett got rave reviews in joint practices with Washington during the week. Bill Belichick, though, panned everything about the eventual 23-6 lo s, albeit without singling out the quarterback who engineered a scorele s first half. We just werent very good in any phase of the game, he said.Cousins, of course, is in his third year backing up Griffin, this time with no doubt Connor Barwin Jersey about his role. Mike Shanahans original vision of him, as trade bait once he develops, is still alive. Entering on the second series (but playing against Patriots backups), he threw into double coverage and was nearly picked off on his first snap but after that, he led them into scoring position on every drive the rest of the half: a touchdown pa s and two field goal tries, one mi sed and one made.Theres almost no Robert Quinn Jersey reason to play Brady at all besides the third preseason game, and the Patriots get in another joint practice next week against the Eagles in Foxboro. So, Mallett has a chance for redemption.Although Colt McCoy was brought in as a potential No. 3 quarterback (and insurance in case Cousins can be moved), Cousins is a virtual lock to stay as Griffins backup. He has more to prove to potential suitors than to his own employers. He also has to negate the effect of his poor three starts to end last season, in place of Griffin. If only for a half, minus one series, Cousins did at least that much Thursday.If nothing else, he was better in his showcase than Mallett was in his.
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