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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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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

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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

Ryan Mallett will start the Texans' second preseason game.

Brian Hoyer started the preseason opener, completing 2-of-4 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Mallett has been slightly behind Hoyer for most of training camp, but will have a chance to pull ahead if he can continue to show command of the offense. The Texans' quarterback competition won't be decided until at least the third preseason game.
Aug 15 - 11:07 PM

Ryan Mallett completed 10-of-11 passes for 90 yards and rushed once for three yards in the Texans' preseason opener against the 49ers.

Mallett worked in relief of Brian Hoyer, who was rested after just one possession. The Texans' treatment of Hoyer suggests he remains the clear frontrunner in the quarterback battle. Mallett stated his case, however, racking up high-percentage completions and continuing to exhibit command of the offense.
Aug 15 - 9:41 PM

Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer are listed as co-starters on the Texans' first unofficial depth chart.

It's not a bad time to dust off the old adage "if you have two quarterbacks, you have zero quarterbacks." Coach Bill O'Brien has insisted he doesn't know who will be under center Week 1. Mallett has a howitzer, but is a statue with come-and-go accuracy. Hoyer was arguably the worst quarterback in the league the second half of 2014. Plugged-in Houston source Lance Zierlein believes Hoyer will ultimately get the call.
Aug 11 - 4:08 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien insisted there's no leader in his quarterback competition.

There have been a lot of whispers saying Brian Hoyer will end up getting the nod over Ryan Mallett. "That would be absolutely untrue," O'Brien said. "Every play, every day is evaluated. These guys are very even. No decisions have been made." Even if O'Brien has made up his mind, the former Bill Belichick assistant wouldn't tell the media anyway.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 8:05 AM

According to the Houston Chronicle, neither Ryan Mallett nor Brian Hoyer distinguished himself from the other at Texans OTAs.

The Chronicle's Steph Stradley writes that Mallett and Hoyer "do not look substantially different in running the offense," and "neither looks particularly accurate." Stradley is "not sure" Houston's quarterback answer is on the current roster. The 2015 Texans will again play run-first football and lean on their J.J. Watt-led defense in an effort to "hide" their sub-par quarterback play.
Jun 15 - 11:35 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien said he could name a starting quarterback before training camp.

"They're out here competing every single day, and it's pretty intense," said O'Brien. "So, we may pick a guy very soon. And if we don't, and the decision does go into training camp, it'll be made pretty early on. The team needs to know who the guy is." We haven't heard much on the battle, but our money has been on Ryan Mallett. He lacks the experience of Brian Hoyer, but is the superior talent. Wildly inaccurate, Hoyer was arguably the worst QB in the league in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 11 - 1:36 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien doesn't have a timeline for naming his starting quarterback.

In one of the least-impressive QB competitions in recent memory, Ryan Mallett is "battling" Brian Hoyer. Days shy of his 27th birthday, Mallett has only 79 career attempts. Hoyer was the worst quarterback in football down the stretch last season. O'Brien will try to hide whomever wins his competition. Our money is on Mallett.
Jun 1 - 2:12 PM

Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer will split first-team reps at OTAs later this month.

Mallett has a big leg up in this battle as the one who spent last season with the Texans, the one with the more talented arm and the one Bill O'Brien hand-picked. But he'll have to earn it. Mallett was far from impressive in his two starts last year, completing just 54.7 percent of his passes with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a 67.6 passer rating. He only earned a meager two-year, $7 million contract in free agency.
May 12 - 8:22 AM

Texans re-signed QB Ryan Mallett to a two-year, $7 million contract.

Former Patriots assistant and current Texans coach Bill O'Brien has his quarterback room set. Mallett will be the favorite to start, but will be pushed by fellow ex-Patriot Brian Hoyer. The big-armed yet immobile Mallett started two games for the Texans last year, going 1-1 with a 67.6 passer rating. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a goner.
Mar 9 - 10:00 AM

The Jets have "inquired about" free agent Ryan Mallett.

They've also "inquired about" free agent Brian Hoyer in new GM Mike Maccagnan's pursuit of competition for Geno Smith. It's believed the Texans want to sign both Mallett and Hoyer, although that seems fairly unrealistic. It's possible one goes to the Texans, and the other signs with the Jets.
Mar 8 - 7:26 PM

Free agent Ryan Mallett says he would like to re-sign with the Texans.

Three months removed from a torn pectoral muscle, Mallett is "getting close" to full strength. There's no harm in bringing Mallett back on a team-friendly deal, especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick ready to fill in if things go south. With only seven games of experience, it's too early to tell if Mallett has the goods to be an NFL starter. We're skeptical he does, but Mallett undoubtedly has full command of Bill O'Brien's offense.
Feb 26 - 10:34 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed his top priority at quarterback is re-signing free agent Ryan Mallett.

Mallett started just two games for Houston before suffering a season-ending pectoral injury in 2014. Seven career games isn't much of a sample size, but O'Brien insists Mallett is "a hard worker, and he understands our system." Houston's current in-house options at QB include journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage, a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Feb 20 - 11:24 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Ryan Mallett
3Tom Savage
RB1Alfred Blue
2Chris Polk
3Jonathan Grimes
4Kenny Hilliard
5Arian Foster
GLB1Alfred Blue
2Chris Polk
3RB1Jonathan Grimes
2Chris Polk
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Nate Washington
3Keshawn Martin
4Keith Mumphery
5Travis Labhart
WR21Cecil Shorts
2Jaelen Strong
3Damaris Johnson
4Alan Bonner
5Uzoma Nwachukwu
WR31Nate Washington
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
4Anthony Denham
5Khari Lee
K1Randy Bullock