Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Texans

Multiple reports said the Patriots received a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick in 2016.

Ryan Mallett didn’t complain about his Patriots backup QB role, but he didn’t excel in it, either.

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Ben Volin | On football

Patriots’ skimpy return for Ryan Mallett shows how teams view QB

The Patriots got the equivalent of a bag of footballs and 20 rolls of athletic tape from the Texans in the Ryan Mallett trade.

Bob Ryan

Are fans really happy with the Patriots?

Come February, it will be (gulp) 10 seasons since the third Super Bowl triumph for New England.

Jimmy Garoppolo played all of Thursday’s preseason finale.

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Ben Volin | on football

Jimmy Garoppolo has earned Patriots’ backup job

Garoppolo, who played all of Thursday’s game, has played well enough to win the No. 2 job, and Ryan Mallett’s roster spot would be better used elsewhere.

We’re not ready to pat Roger Goodell on the back and congratulate him for taking a tough stance on domestic violence just yet.


Sunday Football Notes

NFL policy change more about PR than conscience

The NFL’s new measures on domestic abuse are at least a good first step for the league.


Ray McDonald of 49ers arrested on felony domestic violence charges

McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has until Saturday evening to trim the roster to 53 players.

Bill Belichick says Patriots learned plenty in loss to Giants

The coach now must turn his attention to trimming the roster to 53 Saturday.

Michael Sam (right) couldn’t make a team that was stocked with pass-rushing linemen.

NFL notes: Michael Sam released by Rams

Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, couldn’t make a team that was stocked with pass-rushing linemen.

Patriots notebook

Tim Wright impressive in Patriots debut

The tight end, acquired as part of the Logan Mankins trade, started and played about half of the snaps and had 4 catches Thursday.

Patriots preseason schedule

Scores: NFL scoreboard
Aug. 7: Washington 23, New England 6
Aug. 15: New England 42, Philadelphia 35
Aug. 22: New England 30, Carolina 7
Aug. 28: NY Giants 16, New England 13
Sept. 7: Regular season begins - New England at Miami, 1 p.m.
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