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Ryan Mallett | Quarterback

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/5/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Arkansas
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Bill Belichick put a damper on the Ryan Mallett trade rumors, saying trading the second-string quarterback was "not really something we’re that interested in."
Pre-draft rumors swirled that the Patriots would deal Mallett to the quarterback-needy Texans, but nothing materialized and it's now dead according to the Houston Chronicle. It is still possible the Texans realize going into the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, and Tom Savage atop the depth chart is a recipe for disaster and reignite talks, but for now it appears Mallett will keep the bench warm during his contract year in New England. May 22 - 7:36 PM

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The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans "will not be trading for" Patriots QB Ryan Mallett.

This comes hours after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported there was still "mutual interest" between the Patriots and Texans to strike a deal. The Texans can't -- if they want to win games -- go into the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter. Fourth-round rookie Tom Savage isn't ready. This isn't to say Mallett is any better than either, but he knows Bill O'Brien's offense and has been Tom Brady's understudy for three years. We can't rule out a deal.
May 13 - 10:40 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there's "mutual interest" between the Texans and Patriots in a Ryan Mallett trade.

"From what I understand, there's still a chance," Rapoport added. The Texans came away with just Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage via the fourth round of this past weekend's draft. He's not ready to play in the NFL, and it would appear Ryan Fitzpatrick is the frontrunner to be under center come Week 1 if GM Rick Smith sticks to his current quarterback group. Mallett is in the final year of his rookie deal, and the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round. We'd guess the chances are better than 50:50 that Mallett is moved.
May 12 - 8:23 PM

GM Rick Smith claims the Texans have not had "any conversations" with the Patriots regarding Ryan Mallett.

We're just assuming this is a blatant lie, but Mallett-to-Houston no longer appears imminent. ESPN's Ed Werder reported Friday that Mallett is "not available." We're guessing he'll become available if the Texans are willing to meet the Patriots' asking price.
May 9 - 4:44 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder stated on SportsCenter Friday that he is "told" Ryan Mallett is "not available" for trade.

The Texans were rumored to be discussing a trade for Mallett with the Patriots on Thursday. So far, nothing has happened on that front, and the buzz has died down. These things tend to be fluid, of course, so we're not ruling out a Mallett trade to Houston, where new coach Bill O'Brien has a history with Mallett from New England, and currently has a pretty glaring quarterback need.
May 9 - 12:31 PM

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin suspects the Patriots will net a middle-round pick in the potential Ryan Mallett-to-Houston trade.

Multiple reporters have since confirmed CSN New England's story, that the Pats and Texans are indeed discussing a Mallett deal. Volin believes a Mallett trade would not stop Houston from drafting an early-round signal caller, and it would also put New England in the market for a backup quarterback. There are whispers the Patriots are eyeing Mike Glennon in a trade with Tampa Bay.
May 8 - 5:11 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran reports the Texans are on the verge of acquiring Patriots QB Ryan Mallett.

Per Curran, a deal "may soon be done." If it seems out of nowhere, it shouldn't. New Texans coach Bill O'Brien was the Patriots' offensive coordinator when they made Mallett the No. 74 overall pick of the 2011 draft, while Houston reportedly reached out to the Pats earlier this offseason. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, big-armed Mallett has attempted just four regular-season passes. He's never been particularly impressive in the preseason, but it's not always easy for back-up signal callers to stand out in exhibition games.
May 8 - 4:27 PM

ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots will add another quarterback either through free agency or the draft.

Reiss believes the Pats could select a quarterback as early as the third round. With Ryan Mallett likely on his way to bigger and better things after his rookie contract expires next offseason, it makes sense for the Patriots to address the backup quarterback position now. New England has met with at least ten draft eligible quarterbacks this offseason.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 19 - 9:32 AM

According to Draft Insider Tony Pauline, the "feeling league wide" is the Patriots will draft a quarterback in May because they "expect to lose" Ryan Mallett after the upcoming season.

Mallett is entering the last year of his rookie deal. The Pats have shown some interest in Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas. New England has drafted six quarterbacks since stealing Tom Brady in the 2000 sixth round. They are Rohan Davey, Kliff Kingsbury, Matt Cassel, Kevin O'Connell, Zac Robinson, and Mallett.
Apr 11 - 2:14 PM

ESPN Boston believes Ryan Mallett would only fetch the Patriots a "late-round pick at best" in a trade.

Mallett was loosely connected to the Texans earlier this offseason. He was also hypothetically mentioned as a possibility for the Vikings. Predictably, nothing came of it. Mallett has one year left on his rookie deal and appears locked in as Tom Brady's backup. The Patriots' best bet at future return on Mallett is that he plays well this preseason and nets them a compensatory pick in 2016.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 6 - 10:09 AM

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans "won't be trading for" QB Ryan Mallett.

Beat writer John McClain is on top of everything Texans. While the dots connect between Mallett and Houston coach Bill O'Brien, Mallett still means a lot to the Patriots as Tom Brady's backup. The Texans have numerous holes to fill and aren't going to deal significant draft pick compensation for a quarterback who has attempted just four career passes and remains an unknown throughout the league. McClain thinks Cleveland's Brian Hoyer would make a better trade target. Like Mallett, Hoyer has history with O'Brien from their New England days.
Mar 9 - 11:19 AM

Nick Underhill of reports the Texans have expressed interest in acquiring Ryan Mallett.

Underhill adds that the level of interest is just "talk" at this point, and it's not clear whether the Patriots would consider trading Mallett. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Mallett will almost certainly test free agency after this season so New England could be inclined to get something of value for him now. Mallett has a history with Texans HC Bill O'Brien, who was the Patriots offensive coordinator in 2011. Trading for Mallett would allow Houston to address a position other than quarterback with the first overall pick.
Mar 8 - 11:11 PM

ESPN Vikings blogger Ben Goessling mentions Ryan Mallett as an intriguing trade target for Minnesota.

Matt Cassel opted out of his contract, leaving Christian Ponder as the only quarterback on the Vikings' roster. Minnesota also holds the No. 8 pick in the draft, which may be too low for any of the top quarterbacks. Free agency offers only veteran stopgaps. Mallett and Adrian Peterson have a "friendly relationship," and GM Rick Spielman has done deals with the Patriots in the past. Spielman chose Ponder with the 12th pick in the 2011 draft. Mallett went to the Pats at 74.
Feb 13 - 11:23 AM

Patriots QB Ryan Mallett's "head" injury suffered in Friday night's preseason opener was not a concussion.

Pats docs didn't even feel the need to give Mallett concussion tests. Mallett did not return after struggling, allowing Tim Tebow to perform cleanup duty in typical ugly fashion. Mallett should be fine for the next preseason game.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 11:14:00 PM

Ryan Mallett completed 9-of-18 passes for 97 yards in the Patriots' preseason opener before exiting with a "head" injury.

Mallett's accuracy and decision making still look like a work in progress. He missed throws he should make, and came away with a 5.39 yards-per-attempt average versus a truly brutal-looking Eagles defense. If the Patriots are going to use Mallett as trade bait anytime soon, he'll have to pick up his play. The injury didn't appear serious as Mallett returned to the sideline in a ballcap.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 09:05:00 PM

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QB1Tom Brady
2Ryan Mallett
3Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Reese Wiggins
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3D.J. Williams
4Justin Jones
5Asa Watson
K1Stephen Gostkowski