Ryan Mallett gives Patriots defense plenty of practice in preparing for Peyton Manning

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FOXBOROUGH — His voice sounded a bit raspy. No doubt it was from the added strain of shouting out all those checks, audibles, and hard counts from the extra work he got during Patriots practice Wednesday.

That’s when Ryan Mallett took an unexpected turn in the spotlight.

The third-year backup to Tom Brady began the week imitating Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on New England’s scout squad offense, throwing out some “Omahas’’ just to keep the defense honest. “Yeah, a few Omahas,’’ Mallett said, referring to Manning’s penchant for barking out the command before offensive plays.

It, perhaps, explained Mallett’s rasp.

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