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Ryan Mallett | Quarterback

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/5/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Arkansas
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The Texans benched Ryan Mallett in favor of Brian Hoyer in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Falcons.
Mallett was miserably inaccurate, missing open receivers and throwing behind them all day long. He finished 12-of-27 passing for 150 yards and an interception. One of the least efficient quarterbacks on an NFL roster, Mallett very much deserved to be sat down with Houston down 42 to nothing. Look for Hoyer to be the Texans' starting quarterback on Thursday against the Colts. Oct 4 - 3:22 PM

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Ryan Mallett (chest) is "fine."

Mallett has been having his practice reps rationed, but he'll be starting against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. Especially with Arian Foster (groin) potentially returning, Mallett remains a bottom-three play at quarterback.
Oct 1 - 1:44 PM

Ryan Mallett (chest) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

He'll be fine for Week 4 against the Falcons. Mallett was just getting "treatment" on Wednesday. He's barely on the two-quarterback league radar.
Sep 30 - 4:06 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien thought QB Ryan Mallett showed improvement in Week 3.

"I think that there are certainly things to improve on, but I thought he managed the game better," O'Brien said. ""I think he got us into the right play better. I thought his mechanics were better." Mallett was helped by the running game finally showing up, but he still attempted 39 passes in a game the Texans won by 10 points. Through three weeks the Texans have attempted the most passes in the league. That should change with Arian Foster on the way back, making Mallett easy to leave on the waiver wire.
Sep 29 - 10:18 AM

Ryan Mallett completed 24-of-39 passes for 228 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Texans' Week 3 win over the Bucs.

Mallett continues to underwhelm with his YPA after averaging just 5.84 on Sunday. It looked like Mallett could have a big day when he took the Texans down the field with ease in the first quarter before capping it off with a five-yard touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins. But Alfred Blue dominated as a runner the remainder of the day, while the Texans struggled a bit on third downs with Mallett throwing far too many passes well short of the first-down marker. Mallett and the 1-2 Texans will travel to Atlanta in Week 4. He's merely a borderline QB2/3.
Sep 27 - 5:48 PM

Ryan Mallett completed just 27-of-58 passes for 244 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Texans' 24-17, Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

The longest snooze-fest in the NFL on Sunday, both Mallett and Cam Newton completed less than 50 percent of their passes. Mallett was particularly awful, averaging a pitiful 4.2 YPA and consistently short-hopping and flat-out missing his receivers. He was really bad in the first half, going 11-of-29 and averaging 2.55 YPA. Mallett led the Texans on a touchdown drive their first possession of the second half, finding Garrett Graham in the end zone for a seven-yard score to cap it. Mallett later scored on a short touchdown run. We wouldn't be surprised if the Texans go back to Brian Hoyer in Week 3 when Houston hosts Tampa.
Sep 20 - 4:53 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Ryan Mallett will start Week 2 against the Panthers.

O'Brien said earlier this week he wouldn't announce a starter until Sunday but when the cat got out of the bag Wednesday, he went ahead and broke the news himself. Mallett couldn't beat out Brian Hoyer in camp and there's little reason to believe he'll hold onto the job this time. Under no circumstances should he be starting in any fantasy format.
Sep 17 - 1:57 PM

The Texans will start Ryan Mallett at quarterback Week 2 against the Panthers.

This news comes just minutes after both Texans beat writers, John McClain and Tania Ganguli, reported they would be "shocked" if Brian Hoyer didn't get the start against Carolina. Neither is much of an upgrade on the other. Mallett replaced a benched Hoyer midway through the fourth quarter of Week 1 and went 8-of-14 passing for 98 yards and a touchdown. The game was already well over, so we're not going to read too much into those numbers. But we already know what Hoyer is, and that's a mediocre, turnover-prone, weak-armed glorified backup. Mallett at least has tons of arm talent with the ability to drive the ball.
Sep 16 - 2:00 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien declined to name a starting quarterback.

O'Brien said he already knows who will start, but added, "You’ll have to wait until the first play of the Carolina game." Considering Ryan Mallett played well after Brian Hoyer was yanked in the fourth quarter of Week 1, Mallett would seem like the favorite. Neither player is worth a roster spot.
Sep 15 - 8:59 AM

Ryan Mallett replaced Brian Hoyer with just over six minutes left in Week 1 against the Chiefs, and completed 8-of-14 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in a 27-20 loss.

Hoyer's benching appeared to be a genuine one, and Mallett capitalized by rallying Houston back to make it a one-score game with about a minute and a half left. Mallett's touchdown pass was good to Nuk Hopkins on a short fade. The Texans will have a decision to make this week, and our early guess is they'll go with Mallett as their starter in Week 2 against Carolina.
Sep 13 - 4:18 PM

Ryan Mallett completed 9-of-17 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' third preseason game.

Brian Hoyer played just about a quarter, giving Mallett lots of run in the first half and into the third quarter. The offense largely sputtered after Hoyer left, but Mallett did throw a rocket for a would-be 15-yard touchdown to TE Ryan Griffin, only for Griffin to bobble the ball on the way down and have the score negated. Mallett finally got the offense moving on a third-quarter drive against the Saints' reserve defense, hitting Jaelen Strong for a six-yard score. Mallett is very clearly the backup to Hoyer in Houston and didn't even make it a race this preseason.
Aug 30 - 6:25 PM

Ryan Mallett returned to Texans practice Friday after oversleeping on Thursday, and was the third quarterback through practice drills.

Coach Bill O'Brien did insist after the session that Mallett remains second on the depth chart behind Brian Hoyer. "The situation with Ryan not being at practice that's between Ryan and I," O'Brien said. "Some things are left within the team." Mallett should open the season carrying the clipboard for Hoyer.
Aug 28 - 1:24 PM

Ryan Mallett missed Thursday's practice because he overslept.

It's hard to fathom for a 27-year-old man who was in pursuit of the Texans' starting job as recently as three days ago. The Texans gave Mallett a chance to make something of his career after three years in the Patriots backup wilderness, and he's responded in remarkably limp fashion. The Browns have a strong case, as well, but you could argue Houston has the worst quarterback situation in the NFL.
Aug 27 - 7:53 PM

Texans QB Ryan Mallett did not practice Thursday.

Coach Bill O'Brien declined to say why Mallett missed practice, but said he should be back on Friday. It was announced this week Mallett lost the battle for the starting job to Brian Hoyer. Mallett said he was disappointed with the team's decision but promised to work hard and be ready to play. It is unclear if the team's decision had anything to do with his absence on Thursday.
Aug 27 - 12:47 PM

Ryan Mallett started the Texans' second preseason game, completing 5-of-7 passes for 23 yards.

That comes out to a 3.28 YPA. Mallett should have thrown a pick, but Broncos LB Brandon Marshall dropped it. The Houston Chronicle deemed Mallett's night "unimpressive." At this point, Mallett may have to put on a show against the Saints next week to beat out Brian Hoyer.
Aug 22 - 8:57 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Ryan Mallett
RB1Alfred Blue
2Chris Polk
3Jonathan Grimes
4Arian Foster
GLB1Alfred Blue
2Chris Polk
3RB1Jonathan Grimes
2Chris Polk
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Nate Washington
3Chandler Worthy
WR21Cecil Shorts
2Jaelen Strong
3Keith Mumphery
WR31Nate Washington
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
LT1Duane Brown
2Kendall Lamm
3Oday Aboushi
LG1Jeff Adams
2Xavier Su'a-Filo
C1Ben Jones
2Greg Mancz
RG1Brandon Brooks
RT1Derek Newton
2Chris Clark
K1Nick Novak