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Ryan Mallett | Quarterback

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/5/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
College: Arkansas
Contract: view contract details

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the "feeling around the league" is Ryan Mallett will get his starting opportunity at some point in Houston.
Per Schefter, "it may not be long," and likely depends on Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance. It's not hard to imagine the Texans playing musical chairs at QB this season, with Fitzpatrick, Mallett, and even fourth-round rookie Tom Savage ultimately making starts. For now, however, Fitzpatrick is pretty clearly atop the depth chart. Mallett is a low-end QB3 in re-draft leagues. Sep 7 - 12:36 PM

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The Houston Chronicle doesn't expect Ryan Mallett to challenge for the Texans' starting job anytime soon.

However, Mallett is officially No. 2 on the depth chart. Per beat writer Brian Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick is "locked in" as coach Bill O'Brien's starter. Mallett is being brought to Houston as a quarterback with familiarity of the offense. We don't doubt that Fitzpatrick is the guy for right now, but once he struggles, because he certainly will, the Mallett chants will begin.
Sep 2 - 8:23 AM

Texans acquired QB Ryan Mallett from the Patriots in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2016.

The "compensation" is as close to nothing as the Texans could have sent. Seemingly on the block since the day he arrived in New England in 2011, Mallett has been heavily connected to the Texans since they named former Pats OC Bill O'Brien head coach. Mallett adds more depth to the Texans' uninspiring trio of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage, but isn't an obvious upgrade. His acquisition should mean Keenum is sent packing. Despite his inexplicable name recognition, we wouldn't count on Mallett starting any games. He's attempted only four regular-season passes, and has never stood out in exhibition action.
Aug 31 - 1:31 PM

Ryan Mallett has made the Patriots' 53-man roster.

The Patriots think of enough of Mallett to carry three quarterbacks for now. The 2011 third-rounder, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, remains on the trade block.
Aug 30 - 4:19 PM

The Patriots are expected to hold Ryan Mallett out of Thursday's preseason finale as opportunities around the NFL become available.

The Patriots are still holding out hope that they can get something in a trade for Mallett, who is entering the final year of his contract. It remains unlikely, even with Sam Bradford (knee) going down and Cam Newton (ribs) slightly iffy for Week 1. If teams are interested in Mallett, they know he'll likely be on waivers soon. Second-round rookie Jimmy Garoppolo will start Thursday.
Aug 25 - 11:48 AM

Ryan Mallett completed 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards in one series of work against the Panthers Friday night.

Mallett replaced Tom Brady for one series in the first quarter, and did not see the field again all night. It was likely a mind game from coach Bill Belichick to see if Mallett could handle being unexpectedly thrust into the starting lineup. Mallett performed well, and the fact that Belichick tried the experiment on Mallett instead of Jimmy Garoppolo suggests Mallett is the favorite to open the season as Brady's backup. Mallett has completed 14-of-26 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown this preseason.
Aug 22 - 10:58 PM

Ryan Mallett completed 7-of-11 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' second preseason game Friday night.

He also rushed four times for nine yards and a touchdown. This was a step forward for Mallett after his abysmal preseason opener, but he played behind rookie Jimmy Garoppolo and could be in danger of being supplanted as New England's primary backup to Tom Brady. Through two exhibitions, Mallett is 12-of-23 passing for 147 yards and the touchdown, which was good to Brian Tyms.
Aug 15 - 11:05 PM

The Boston Globe reports there has been "increasing talk" that the Patriots may keep only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

That would leave Ryan Mallett as the odd man out. Just last week, NFL Network's Mike Mayock dubbed Mallett a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL. Mallett then struggled badly in the preseason opener, completing 5-of-12 passes for 55 yards and showing shockingly poor timing and accuracy. The Patriots may try to "showcase" Mallett for a potential trade again this week, but it appears second-round rookie Jimmy Garoppolo is ahead of him to be Tom Brady's caddy.
Aug 15 - 9:32 AM

Getting the start, Ryan Mallett struggled in the Patriots' preseason opener, completing just 5-of-12 passes for 55 yards.

Quite simply, it was a Gabbert-esque performance. Mallett lost two completions to Patriots penalties, but missed passes every which way. He threw multiple balls in the dirt, and displayed shockingly poor timing with his second- and third-team compatriots. He was jittery in the pocket, and the Redskins took advantage, sending more heat than you typically see in a preseason game. Mallett looked nothing like a quarterback the Patriots are going to be receiving calls about. He's leaving the door open for rookie Jimmy Garoppolo to seize No. 2 duties.
Aug 7 - 9:29 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran believes the Patriots want to showcase QB Ryan Mallett for a trade this preseason.

With Tom Brady sitting out Thursday's exhibition opener, Mallett is going to play heavy snaps. Mallett trade rumors have become an annual rite of summer, but make more sense this season. Mallett is going into the final year of his rookie deal, while the Patriots have second-rounder Jimmy Garoppolo to back up Brady. Mallett likely would have been traded by now if he had any real value.
Aug 7 - 3:52 PM

Ryan Mallett has the edge over Jimmy Garoppolo for the Patriots' backup job.

Second-round pick Garoppolo has had trouble with both the center exchange and interceptions so far in camp. He's a developmental prospect. Mallett, now in his contract year, is entrenched as Tom Brady's primary clipboard holder.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 28 - 8:33 AM

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

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

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QB1Ryan Fitzpatrick
2Ryan Mallett
3Tom Savage
RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
3Alfred Blue
4Ronnie Brown
GLB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
3RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11Andre Johnson
2Keshawn Martin
WR21DeAndre Hopkins
2DeVier Posey
3Damaris Johnson
WR31Keshawn Martin
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
K1Randy Bullock