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Ryan Mallett | Quarterback

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

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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

Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official website expects free agent QB Ryan Mallett to be Houston's Week 1 starter.

Mallett seems very likely to re-sign with the Texans after they traded for him and were the ones to give him his long-awaited shot last season before he tore his pectoral after making one start. He's even been working out at the Texans' facility this offseason. The Texans could release Ryan Fitzpatrick and make second-year signal caller Tom Savage the backup. Mallett has a huge arm but is as statuesque as they come in the pocket. Mallett turns 27 in June.
Feb 16 - 8:11 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports Ryan Mallett (pectoral) is done for the season.

Brutal. Mallett waited over three years for his chance to become an NFL starter, and it ends after two games, only one of which he was healthy for. Mallett's reward for playing hurt in Sunday's loss was 60 minutes of bad film heading into the open market. It's unclear if the Texans will turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, or perhaps go into full-on evaluation mode with fourth-round rookie Tom Savage. Heading into his age-27 season as a statue-esque pocket passer with only 79 career throws, Mallett is going to be a strange case in free agency.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 01:09:00 PM

Texans QB Ryan Mallett played through an injured right pectoral muscle during Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Bengals.

Mallett suffered the potentially season-ending injury in warmups, perhaps explaining his erratic play against the Browns. He's headed for an MRI and if it shows a tear, the chance he's been awaiting for so long is over. The Houston Chronicle is already suggesting that Ryan Fitzpatrick is "likely back" for the foreseeable future, although we wouldn't be shocked if the Texans turned to fourth-round rookie Tom Savage. Bill O'Brien has seen Fitzpatrick's ceiling and hit his head on it.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 08:57:00 PM

Ryan Mallett completed 21-of-45 throws for 189 yards and an interception in the Texans' Week 12 loss to Cincinnati.

This game was a big step back for Mallett, who continued to flash his powerful arm but was more frenetic and less in control as a pocket player. Mallett's first pass of the second half was intercepted by Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga. The Texans' run game was nonexistent one week after running all over the Browns. Mallett appears to be a quarterback who requires an effective and high-volume rushing attack to succeed. His accuracy is also highly streaky, and generally not very good. Mallett would be a weak two-quarterback-league play in Week 13 against the Titans.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 05:18:00 PM

Ryan Mallett is listed on the Week 12 injury report with a chest issue, but practicing in full.

Mallett's health isn't a concern for his second NFL start, but his matchup is. The Bengals boast one of the league's best pass defenses, and shut down Drew Brees in Week 11. Mallett isn't a recommended tournament play in daily leagues.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 05:55:00 PM

Ryan Mallett completed 20-of-30 passes for 211 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Texans' Week 11 win over the Browns.

He didn't take a single sack. The Texans "protected" Mallett with a season-high 54 rushing attempts, and he should have been picked off by Browns OLB Paul Kruger in the second quarter, but Kruger flat-out dropped it. Several of Mallett's throws were off target early, but otherwise he showed complete command of Bill O'Brien's offense and restored an intermediate and deep-ball element to a Texans passing attack that lacked it with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the controls. We're hesitant to deem Mallett anything more than a lower-end two-quarterback-league option entering Week 12 against the Bengals. He does deserve credit for a solid NFL starting debut.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 05:27:00 PM

The Texans named Ryan Mallett their starting quarterback for Week 11 against the Browns.

Coach Bill O'Brien praised Mallett's command of the offense, acknowledging his progress running the system, and said it's time to give Mallett "his shot." With the Texans on their bye, it was a prime time to make the switch. Fitzpatrick is 21st in the league in completion percentage, 15th in passing yards, and 11th in YPA. However, he managed just an 11:8 TD:INT ratio and took 21 sacks. The world has been waiting to see if Mallett can play in the NFL. And now is his time. In the final year of his rookie deal, Mallett has a golden opportunity to earn some good money in the offseason. Andre Johnson is said to be a big fan of Mallett's. Mallett has a big arm and will be able to get the ball deep to both Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, but he has big-time accuracy issues in the short-to-intermediate range.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 12:20:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 12:36:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 08:23:00 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.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 01:31:00 PM

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QB1Ryan Mallett
2Brian Hoyer
3Tom Savage
RB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3Jonathan Grimes
4Chris Polk
5Kenny Hilliard
GLB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Damaris Johnson
3Keshawn Martin
4Keith Mumphery
5Travis Labhart
WR21Cecil Shorts
2Jaelen Strong
3Nate Washington
4Alan Bonner
5Uzoma Nwachukwu
WR31Jaelen Strong
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
4Anthony Denham
5Khari Lee
K1Randy Bullock