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QB Ryan Mallett - Free Agent

6-6, 253Born: 6-5-1988College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 3

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2015 Week 5 vs IND (7 / 10 / 50 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was an unfortunate start for Ryan Mallett who started the game strong and started the game strong working the ball to the middle of the field to Arian Foster. and outside the numbers to DeAndre Hopkins. Mallett's impressive start on the first drive resulted in a pass that slipped through Foster's hands in the red-zone that deflected to an interception. It was a 16 play drive that saw Mallett go 4 for 6 throwing that ball before the interception. Mallett came out for the third series only to take a big hit to his ribs and called to be replaced where he could not stand after the hit. Needing help to get to the sideline and checked out by team doctors, Mallett was ready to go shortly after a few plays on the field. Head Coach Bill O'Brien pulled him back to the sideline after he tried to insert himself into the game and he did not see a single snap for the remainder of the game.

2015 Week 4 vs ATL (12 / 27 / 150 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was a day that Ryan Mallett will soon like to forget and this was after a game he looked competent last week. Mallett was plagued with inaccuracies once again and could not get back on track as an offense. Mallett was forcing the passes into coverage which showed the panic that sets in when his initial read is not there. He tried to go deep to Hopkins but it was not there the entire game. He had wide receivers open but the amount of velocity on the passes led to some uncatchable footballs on easy throws. Mallett was saved my Keith Mumphery on low thrown ball for a key first down of 9 yards and on a 13 yard pass up the seam that was throw high. Mallett continued to target his running backs on third down with Arian Foster on a 15 yard gain on the opening drive and Chris Polk on throws no where near enough yards to get a first down. His one interception was a forced pass to Hopkins that was deflected into the air to be picked off by a diving defensive lineman to open the game and put the Texans in an early hole. It is hard to trust Mallett at this point with his inaccuracies throwing the football and his lack of anticipation and touch are putting his hold on the starting quarterback position in question.

2015 Week 3 vs TB (24 / 39 / 228 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

A night and day change from last week's game, Ryan Mallett was much more in control of the offense during this game. It took a little time for Mallett to get int he groove of things but he hit seven different receivers on the day. Mallett looks much more comfortable in the hurry up mode of the offense, it appears to keep him from getting complacent in the pocket. Once again DeAndre Hopkins turned into his safety blanket especially when he was under pressure. He could have had more help if Hopkins would have not dropped a wide open pass on the sideline that could have been close to a touchdown and another that Nate Washington just stopped running his route while the ball was perfectly placed. Other than that, Mallett is starting to develop a nice relationship with Cecil Shorts who had catches four receptions for 10 yards or more all working the middle of the field. Mallett picked out Washington in the shorter routes and the one deep ball he gave him was all on Washington not finishing the play. Mallett's money was made getting to the ball into the hands of Hopkins. His touchdown throw was an easy slant route that Hopkins beat his man off the line. Mallett showed the ability to push the ball down field and lived dangerously trying to thread the ball through defenders. One such play came on a 29 yard frozen rope to Hopkins with two defenders on him. The risk vs. the reward is an interesting one for Mallett and he is not afraid to take chances when needed. His only interception on the day came when running back Chris Polk did not go meet that late blitzing linebacker at the line of scrimmage allowing him to get too deep into the back field to deflect the pass into a teammates arms.

2015 Week 2 vs CAR (27 / 58 / 244 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 1 rush)

In his third start of his career Mallett got his money's worth throwing the ball 58 times on Sunday. It was a hot and cold day for Mallett, but more cold than anything. Mallett struggled with his accuracy especially trying to throw the cover two throws over cornerbacks squatting with safety help. He kept sailing passes high trying to fit it in that window. Mallett missed some open throws but none bigger that a first quarter miss of Nate Washington who beat his man clean off the line but Mallett floated outside the pocket for no reason to create a tough pass for himself. If he would have just set up inside the pocket it would have been an easy touchdown. To make matters worse, Mallett left too many of his receivers out to dry in the passing game, leaving them vulnerable to big hits. Mallett's big mistake came late in the game when he tried to thread a ball through three Panthers defenders and threw it right to the inside linebacker. Mallett lived dangerous the entire day and that throw put the Texans in a bigger hole. He did have his moments of looking sharp and he had some success throwing to the middle of the field. He hit C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 19 yard pass in the seam of the defense. Then his best throw went to Garrett Graham in the back of the end zone over two defenders where Graham made an impressive one handed reception for a touchdown. Mallett looked good inside the number throwing the quick game and hit Shorts and Hopkins in the middle of the field. Mallett also had a nice six yard run to pull the Texans within a possession on a broken play. His pass protection was better than expected but his inability to throw the ball consistently hurt him the entire day.

2015 Week 1 vs KC (8 / 13 / 98 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

The big armed quarterback was dusted off by Bill O'Brien and brought in late during the game and provided some life to the offense. It turned into the Mallett and DeAndre Hopkins show on his first drive completing four of his five passes to Hopkins on the drive. Three straight out routes he hit Hopkins in stride and even drew a pass interference call going for a nine route to Hopkins. His big throw came to Hopkins when he threw it back across the field to Hopkins in between two defenders for a touchdown. Then on the two point conversion he his Hopkins with a back shoulder throw that only Hopkins could catch. In his second series he was a tad wild and threw some bad passes. He threw one in-between Washington and Hopkins that both looked at each other on who is was intended too. Then he almost had one intercepted intended for Keith Mumphery over the middle of the field but Mumphery made a good play to keep it from being an interception. His big miss came on 3rd and 10 looking for Garrett Graham but missed the wide open tight end to extend the drive. After starting out in a rhythm he sputtered with accuracy in his second drive but he did lead two drives to 10 points to end the game.


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