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.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 5:18pm
After Texan QB Ryan Mallett's first NFL start, which ended in a double-digit Texans victory at Cleveland, it was tough to temper enthusiasm and optimism. O'Brien said Mallett's ability to move the offense quickly and decisively down the field was the brightest of bright spots in the 23-7 victory.
"That's one thing that I'd seen in practice: that he understood the rhythm that we wanted to play," O'Brien said. "He had performed that well in practice. So when we continually saw that week-to-week, we knew he was a guy that when he got into the game, he would know how we wanted to play."
It was a tough matchup against the Browns who were fifth in allowing fantasy points to QBs coming into Week 11. Things actually get fairly favorable for Mallett the rest of the season. He should at least be able to provide some QB2 production especially if the schedule remains in his advantage.
Coach Bill O’Brien named Mallett the starter Wednesday, after debating during recent days whether to make a change.
“This might be the thing that helps our team,” O’Brien said at NRG Stadium. “I might be wrong.”
O’Brien said Mallett will be given a full shot to hold the starting role.
From a receiving standpoint, the Texans were generating 1.00 fantasy points per pass attempt (1 point per 10 receiving yards plus six points per touchdown divided by the total number of pass attempts). The league average is 0.98, so Ryan Fitzpatrick was decidedly average in helping his receivers to produce receiving yardage and touchdowns. Mallett will have to play pretty well in order to maintain the fantasy value of DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson. Mallett has the Week 10 bye to prepare, and then faces a couple of difficult matchups (CLE & CIN) before the schedule gets easier.
Bill O'Brien doesn't sound like a coach prepared to remove Ryan Fitzpatrick from under center any time soon.
The first-year coach has been riding with the journeyman quarterback through a 3-4 record so far, but thinks his team's performance is not the reflection of one position playing poorly.
"Fitzy is our quarterback," O'Brien told reporters on Tuesday.
He added: "When you look at our tape ... you cannot just point to one position and say that's the position that is at fault. There are a lot of positions that need to play better. We need to coach better, all those different things. It all goes into why sometimes we stall offensively. It's not one guy."
When coaches begin to endorse a beleaguered starter, it's usually a sign that change is coming. It sounds as if Fitzpatrick still has a bit of leash, but if the season gets out of hand, the team may turn to Ryan Mallett to see what he brings to the table.
Mallet, a 2011 third round draft pick by the Patriots, was the subject of trade rumors for the past two seasons. Those rumors only intensified after the team drafted Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason in the second round.
Mallett, in his fourth year out of Arkansas, was in the final year of his rookie contract.
There were definitely signs that the Pats were looking to trade Mallett and they found a partner in the Texans. Texan coach Bill O'Brien is familiar with Mallett from 2011 before moving on to coach at Penn State, so this makes a lot of sense. Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely still start the regular season but Mallett could be a guy they turn to if the team struggles at any point this season. While he's been well hyped, Mallet has only attempted four passes in the NFL.
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