FOXBOROUGH — One of the second-string quarterbacks in Sunday’s Patriots-Jets game might have been the story of the year in the NFL last season, a lightning rod of attention with his every move, his throwing motion scrutinized like perhaps never before, his in-your-face beliefs vilified or deified by much of the public, his No. 15 jersey becoming — and remaining — one of the top-five sellers in the league.
The other second-string quarterback on Sunday? That would be Ryan Mallett, who also wears No. 15, for the Patriots.