Mallett staying sharp during lockout

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Rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett, one of the Patriots’ third-round selections in the draft, was a guest on the “Scott Van Pelt Show” on ESPN Radio on Thursday afternoon.

Some quick hits from the interview (listen to it HERE):

How he’s handling the lockout. Mallett said he’s been in touch with a few teammates, and he’s throwing to stay sharp. “That’s the hardest part, especially when you’re playing quarterback. You want to get into the playbook, and absorb, and just soak in as much as you can, and be around people who have done it,” he said. “With the lockout and everything, it’s hard to do that. What I’ve tried to do is just get in touch with teammates and get all the information I can. I’ve thrown with a couple guys, and just been working out and staying in shape right now until we find something out.”

Surprised by call from Patriots. Mallett reflected on getting the call from the Patriots on draft day, and admitted he was surprised. Even though he visited the Patriots before the draft, he wasn’t anticipating being picked by them. “Because Tom is there, and I wasn’t expecting them to take a quarterback,” he said. “It was a pretty big surprise.”

No visit yet with Tom Brady. Mallett said he hasn’t had a chance to visit with Tom Brady yet. “I’m sure I will soon. I think we have some things coming up that we’re going to work on,” he said.

What he appreciates from watching Brady. Mallett was asked what he appreciates from watching Brady play. “When you study him, he uses his cadence well and a lot of times he gets the defense to tip their hand and give him the look he wants, or he can make his call [based on what he sees],” Mallett answered. “The way he and Peyton Manning play the game at the line of scrimmage is something you really admire.”

In California for rookie event. Mallett is currently in Los Angeles for the “2011 Topps Rookie Premiere” Event, as he will be one of this year’s rookies with his own football card. Teammates Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley are also scheduled to be in attendance.