Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:47am
Ryan Mallett led the Baltimore Ravens to an upset victory over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers eight months ago. He has a 99.5 quarterback rating and a 74 percent completion rate through two preseason games.
Despite that success, Mallett could lose the backup quarterback job to surprisingly electric journeyman Josh Johnson, according to coach John Harbaugh.
In Baltimore's 19-18 preseason win at the Indianapolis Colts, Johnson led the team in passing and rushing, showing great touch on his throws and the ability to scramble for yards. His best moment came when he directed a near flawless two-minute drill before halftime, driving the Ravens 79 yards with poise and hitting Jeremy Butler for a 12-yard touchdown.
"[Johnson] is making a case to make this team," Harbaugh said after the game. "There is a competition for that spot. It's been on-going through training camp."
The story said it's been long assumed that Mallett is the primary backup to Joe Flacco. He took all the first-team reps in the spring when Flacco was sidelined while recovering from knee surgery, and he started both preseason games.
Training camp injuries to Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Daniel Brown and Pitta have left the Ravens with three healthy tight ends at times, including two, Darren Waller and Nick Boyle, who will miss the first four and 10 games, respectively, for violating the NFL drug policy.
It hasn't stopped offensive coordinator Marc Trestman from calling plays for his tight ends.
The tight ends responded with 11 catches for 105 yards, including five for 48 yards by Waller, a converted wide receiver, the story said. Watson has been one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets throughout training camp. Watson will likely open the season as one of the starting tight ends, along with Gillmore, who returned to practice Monday after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Pitta remains sidelined with a sprained finger, the story all said.
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:57pm
Bob Quinn worked for the Patriots before being hired in Detroit, so he was on hand when the Patriots used relatively early picks on Kevin O’Connell, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo to back up Tom Brady. He was also hired in 2000, which was the same year that the Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round and a year before Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe in a franchise-shifting move.
Quinn suggested the same might be in store for the Lions in this year’s draft.
“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,” Quinn said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game.”
The story mentioned the Lions would look in the mid-to-late rounds for a possible QB selection.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 9:32am
The Ravens' big-name backup carousel rolled on Tuesday morning.
The team signed Ryan Mallett to a deal that could be worth up to $2.5 million in 2016, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal includes a $1.5 million base salary and up to $1 million in incentives, per Rapoport. Mallett will join a roster that currently has Jimmy Clausen at the wheel. Matt Schaub and Bryn Renner are also vying for playing time over the final stretch.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 2:49pm
According to two sources, T.J. Yates, who will always be remembered as the quarterback of record when the Texans clinched their first playoff appearance and one their first playoff game, is coming back to Houston.
The team reached out to their former backup after Mallett missed the team charter to Miami on Saturday.
Mallett was released by the team Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source informed of the Texans' plans. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news.
That wraps up a tumultuous few days in Houston that included Mallett missing his team's charter flight for the game. Mallett subsequently blamed some Houston traffic -- which the Chronicle says was non-existent -- for his absence. Mallett also was late for a practice during training camp when he said his alarm clock broke.
The Mallett era will not be looked back upon fondly. The Texans acquired the former New England Patriots for practically nothing in a trade last season. He started two games for the team last season before tearing his pectoral muscle. Mallett was beat out by Brian Hoyer for the starting job this season, but took over for Hoyer late in the team's ugly Week 1 loss to Kansas City. Tom Savage is next up on the depth chart.
LB Jerrell Freeman (groin), RB Tyler Varga (concussion), LB Bjoern Werner (hamstring)
S Lonnie Ballentine (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (thigh), RB Chris Polk (knee)
T Duane Brown (hand), LB Max Bullough (shoulder), LB Jadeveon Clowney (shoulder, knee), LB Brian Cushing (foot), RB Arian Foster (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (hip), QB Ryan Mallett (chest), T Derek Newton (ankle), S Eddie Pleasant (thigh), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (calf), DT Vince Wilfork (ankle)
Luck is listed as questionable, so owners should pay attention as inactives are announced leading up to game time on Thursday. Gore and Allen are both probable, so they're virtually certain to play. Allen's return puts a big dent in Coby Fleener's upside. For the Texans, Foster is probable, so he should see an increased workload. With both Shorts and Washington out, the Texans are short at receiver. Look for DeAndre Hopkins to dominate targets again.
Arian Foster returned from a groin injury and caught a 15-yard pass on the Texans' first offensive play. He then carried for two yards and three yards before Ryan Mallett was picked off. On the day, Foster gained 10 yards on eight carries, and three passes for 25 yards. Physically, both Foster and O'Brien were positive about the Pro Bowler's health.
"I came out fine," Foster said.
The head coach reiterated that on Monday, saying Foster "should be ready" for the Thursday-nighter against Indianapolis.
Foster was a risky start and unfortunately for owners the game dictated how much Foster played. When it got out of hand, there was no point in keeping him out there. The Texans hope this week is a different story and perhaps now that Foster got his feet wet, he'll take on more of a workload in Week 5's Thursday night game.
“He’s our starting quarterback,” O’Brien said Monday. “We all have to do better. Ryan has to play better. We have to coach better. I believe Mallett understands that.”
“Losing like that is never going to be acceptable,” O’Brien said. “It’s my responsibility to make sure that never happens again. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure we improve. We have to make an honest assessment. I have to coach better.
“We have to cut down on turnovers, catch the ball better, tackle better, eliminate penalties. Those are some of the things we have to improve on. I know many players took responsibility and I appreciate that.”Ryan Mallett played on nine series and failed to generate a point. He threw an interception the Falcons turned into a touchdown. Brian Hoyer entered down 42-0 and led three touchdown drives."
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Mallett is a decent desperation option given the likelihood that the Texans fall behind early against the Falcons.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
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Brian Hoyer completed 4/8 passes to DeAndre Hopkins for 39 yards and a touchdown. Mallett completed 5/5 passes to Hopkins for 59 yards and a touchdown. He also found Hopkins for a two-point conversion and the receiver drew a 15-yard pass interference penalty on another Mallett attempt. It's a small sample size, but it doesn't appear that there will be any "drop off" from Hoyer to Mallett as far as Hopkins is concerned.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien is keeping his team's quarterback controversy alive.
O'Brien has a good idea of who his starting quarterback will be for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, but he isn't sharing that information.
"You'll have to wait until the first offensive play of the Carolina game to see who the quarterback will be," O'Brien said.
Hoyer completed 18-of-34 passes Sunday with one touchdown and one interception and was sacked four times. Mallett entered the game with the Texans trailing 27-9. He threw a touchdown and a two-point conversion and then led a field goal drive. The Texans could not recover an onside kick with less than two minutes remaining, which would have given them the opportunity to tie the game.
Mallett finished 8-for-13 for 98 yards and a touchdown.
O'Brien declined to evaluate each player's performance. He also declined to give the reason for benching Hoyer.
"There were other guys that we substituted for," O'Brien said. "Every decision is made in the best interest of the team that we think will ... give us the best chance to win the game."
Hopefully this is a situation all fantasy owners can stay away from. No matter who the starter is, it will be a tough matchup against the Panthers defense.
Saturday, September 5, 2015, 6:07pm
The injury will not need surgery, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said.
Savage suffered the injury when he was sacked in the fourth quarter in Arlington, Texas. Until then Savage completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 135 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The second-year quarterback was set to be the Texans' third quarterback behind starter Brian Hoyer and backup Ryan Mallett.
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