Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 2:34pm
“As an offense, you have to come together so everyone is on the same page as far as communication and calls — those types of things,” Hoyer said. “There’s a lot that goes into playing quarterback, especially in this offense, so you know you try to get it all right and get your team in the right play.”
Hoyer is excited to begin preseason Saturday against San Francisco at NRG Stadium.
“It’s great to get in that first preseason game,” he said. “There’s nothing like that, so it’ll be great to get a chance to get back out there and play the game.
“I think we all strive to be perfect, we know that that’s not reality. I think you go out there, you prepare as best as you can and you go out there and go through the progression of what the play is, whether it’s a run or pass.
Part of what made Hopkins' performance so impressive was playing with four quarterbacks, including three starters.
"I do have higher expectations," Hopkins said. "I'm in a role where I should catch more balls. I've got to capitalize on those opportunities."
With Andre Johnson out of the picture, Hopkins becomes the focal point of the defense, which means he's going to draw a lot of double coverage. In the offseason, Hopkins was unable to step on the practice field except as a spectator. He was recovering from surgery to repair ligament damage in his wrist. It was an unfamiliar situation for him. Hopkins is 13th on our WR list and should collect more targets as the team's WR1. Some stability at QB will also help Hopkins.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 8:23pm
It came instead on Sunday, when Mallett spent most of his day with the first team, just as Brian Hoyer had done the day before. In an early first-team offense vs. first-team defense session, Mallett completed six of nine throws.
The day's crowd pleaser came on a deep throw from Mallett to DeAndre Hopkins -- a signature Hopkins one-handed touchdown catch. The throw was nice and the catch was, too. In fact Mallett had nice touch on several of his throws.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 9:13am
Everyone wants to know about the Texans quarterbacks. Thousands of people watched that practice and came away with different opinions. I didn’t think either Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett dominated the practice session and each had good and bad moments throughout the day. Hoyer missed a few corner routes that were open in the end zone while Mallett struggled with some of the short to intermediate throws. That said, they’re light years ahead of last year’s quarterback group. Light. Years.
One impressive moment of the day was a Mallett incompletion. The Texans were working on their inside the ten yard line/goal line offense. Damaris Johnson ran his route just past the goal line but was surrounded by three or four intermediate coverage defenders. Mallett got on his toes and made the throw to the only spot that his guy could get it, which was about six inches off the ground. Mallett purposely threw low, hoping that Johnson could slide under it.
But, of the quarterback group, Tom Savage may have had the best day. I thought Tom threw it well throughout the day, other than taking a couple of coverage sacks. He’s made significant progress since last season and that’s great to see.
This is likely a battle between Hoyer and Mallett, however whoever wins the starting job probably isn't going to make a fantasy impact every week.
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:44am
Texans QB Brian Hoyer offers HC Bill O'Brien the more known quantity after starting 14 games for the Cleveland Browns last season, but he finished the year with a 1-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his last four games.
Ryan Mallett offers more upside, but he remains a relative unknown with just 79 career passing attempts. Even if Hoyer begins the season as starter, he could at some point give way to Mallett, much like he did late last season with Johnny Manziel.
Tom Savage remains a developmental project who can bide his time behind the other two.
Hoyer showed flashes, especially two years ago with the Browns before getting hurt, but last year struggled. If Hoyer wins the job he'll have a better running game to work with compared to Cleveland as Arian Foster is one of the top backs in the league. DeAndre Hopkins will be the featured target of the aerial attack. Cecil Shorts was limited by injuries and reduced opportunities in the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive youth movement, but he arrives as a versatile starting option. Third-round pick Jaelen Strong could carve out an early role as a possession receiver. Right now, the Texans QB starter only has streaming potential until we see more stability.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:42pm
Update: Mallet signed a two-year, $7 million contract.
It looks like the Texans are going to move forward with Mallett and Brian Hoyer, who is also reportedly set to sign with the team (though it's not a done deal). In two games, Mallett completed 41 of 75 passes (54.7%) for 400 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions before tearing his pectoral muscle. He served as Tom Brady's understudy for three seasons so there is some optimism that he can turn into a quality NFL starter. He'll likely have to beat out Hoyer for the starting job.
Update: This deal is finalized.
Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured on a scramble and was carted off the field with a boot on his left leg in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Colts. His leg is broken, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a team source. His season is over.
Rookie Tom Savage entered the game and completed his first NFL pass to DeAndre Hopkins after avoiding the pressure. But on the second-to-last play of the game, Savage took a hit to his lower leg. Rapoport later add, per a team source, that the QB will have an MRI on Monday. The fourth-round pick would take over a Texans offense that has already lost Ryan Mallett this season. Thaddeus Lewis is the next QB up on the depth chart
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:08am
Mallett, who played through the injury during Sunday's game, injured the muscle in his first career start Nov. 6 against the Cleveland Browns. He practiced fully all week but was on the injury report with a chest injury throughout the week leading up to the game.
The Houston Chronicle and Houston's FOX 26 earlier reported the news.
However, a team source told ESPN that Mallett's injury still is being evaluated and no determination has been made on his status.
The Texans turned to Mallett just before their bye week, as he replaced former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, a 10-year veteran. The Texans traded for Mallett on Aug. 31; he had spent the first three years of his career with the New England Patriots. Mallett threw only four passes in that time and never played a meaningful snap. The Texans acquired him for a conditional draft pick. With Monday's news, Mallett won't reach the proper playing time needed (40 percent of the team's snaps), so New England will receive a seventh-rounder. Ryan Fitzpatrick could become the starter again, but there's been no official word from the team. The Texans actually have some favorable matchups for the rest of the season in regard to our QB SOS.
After two games, his season might be over. According to NFL.com, Mallett may have sustained a torn pectoral muscle prior to Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Bengals. The report states that Mallett aggravated what was previously described as a strained chest during pre-game warmups. Mallett decided to play through the pain and did not have a great day.
He finished with 189 yards and an interception.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest) took full practice reps again Thursday.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest) practiced fully Wednesday.
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