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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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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. Nov 24 - 1:09 PM

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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.
Nov 23 - 8:57 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.
Nov 23 - 5:18 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.
Nov 20 - 5:55 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.
Nov 16 - 5:27 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.
Nov 5 - 12:20 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 7 - 12:36 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.
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

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QB1Case Keenum
2Thad Lewis
3Tom Savage
RB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3Jonathan Grimes
GLB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11Andre Johnson
2Damaris Johnson
3Keshawn Martin
WR21DeAndre Hopkins
2DeVier Posey
WR31Damaris Johnson
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
4Anthony Denham
K1Randy Bullock