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QB Ryan Mallett - Houston Texans

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

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News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 24): Mallett suffered a torn pectoral per the Houston Chronicle and is out for the season.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Mallett has a pec injury he played through in Week 12 and can be dropped even in 2QB/QB Flex leagues if it is confirmed to be torn.

General News (Tue Nov 25): is expected to miss the rest of the season because of the pectoral injury he suffered in Week 12. Mallett strained the muscle in practice last week and torn it in warmups before the game. Mallett has been informed by the team that they would like him to return in 2015, according to a source.

Week 13: vs Tennessee Titans

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Back in Week 8, Ryan Fitzpatrick was still starting at quarterback for the Texans. Since then Ryan Mallett had become the Texans' starter, but a pectoral injury has knocked Mallett onto the IR and now Fitzpatrick (19/35 for 227 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown at Tennessee) is the on-again starting quarterback for Houston. DeAndre Hopkins (81 targets for 51/803/4 receiving this season) and Andre Johnson (103 for 58/667/1 receiving to date) were both seeing a high volume of passes with Mallett under center. However, the team tends to emphasize the rushing game when Fitzpatrick is in, so their targets may droop with him back under center. We'll see if Fitzpatrick can pick up his game in his second crack at starting for the Texans. The Titans' rush D is awful, while their pass D is 11th in the NFL averaging 233.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 16 pass TDs given out balanced by 11 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) and 31 sacks (tied for fourth) generated so far this year. Mark Sanchez managed 30/43 for 298 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -9 yards) at Tennessee last week; Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times for -27 yards on the way to 21/32 for 180 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown two weeks ago. The Titans are vulnerable in the other phase of the game, and the Texans like to limit the number of passes that Fitzpatrick puts up - this looks like a tough matchup for the Texans' passing attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at CLE 20 30 211 2 1 4 -3 0 0
12 vs CIN 21 45 189 0 1 1 2 0 0
13 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 11 vs CLE (20 / 30 / 211 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)

For better or worse, everyone knew that Mallett was going to be a drastic change from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Luckily for the Texans, Mallett played almost as well as could be expected. Bill O'Brien managed the game plan perfectly for Mallett's first start, limiting his pass attempts to only 30. The other thing that was pivotal for the fourth year quarterback was he faced next to no pressure all day. These positives stemmed from the Texans dominating performance running the ball. All the same, Mallett showed very good command of the offense. He was more accurate than his 66% completion percentage suggests due to a couple of drops from his receivers, but should have suffered one more interception on a pass that hit Browns linebacker Paul Kruger in the face. The most striking change Mallett exhibited Sunday that was a departure from past performances was his movement in the pocket. He was anything but a statue as he slid to avoid the mess around him all the while keeping his eyes downfield. Having said all of this, the jury is still out on Mallett. As well as the Browns defense has played recently, injuries have left the Browns pass rush lacking and they were gashed in the run game. Mallett will have to prove over time that he can succeed in less advantageous circumstances, such as playing from behind.

2014 Week 12 vs CIN (21 / 45 / 189 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Mallett played so different than he did against the Browns the week before, it seemed as if he was injured. After the game it came to light that was actually the case, as news surfaced the former Patriots backup is done for the year with a torn pectoral muscle. Mallett doesn't throw with any touch and the injury apparently made his accuracy even more touchy, and the result was 46% completion percentage and a Gabbert like 4.2 yards per attempt. Mallett's supposed trip to IR is a shame for Texans fans and quarterback streamers alike. The jury was still out on Mallett's long term viability, but it was obvious in just two games that he was able to run the offense more effectively with tempo than journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now the Texans quarterback position will again become fantasy irrelevant as Bill O'Brien will either turn back to Fitzpatrick or to fourth round draft pick Tom Savage.


Latest News

Texans | Ryan Mallett to IR (Wed Nov 26, 02:19 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 26, and QB Thaddeus Lewis was promoted to the active roster in a corresponding move.

Our View: This is just a bad break for Mallett. He came over to the Texans in a trade earlier this year after spending most of his career as the primary backup behind Tom Brady. Now, Mallett is heading into free agency coming off this injury with only two starts under his belt.
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Texans | Houston wants Ryan Mallett back (Mon Nov 24, 07:34 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett has been informed by the team that they would like him to return in 2015, according to a source.

Our View: That's nice and all, but nothing is guaranteed. Mallett is going to hit free agency coming off only two starts and a pectoral injury that ended his season. It would be interesting to see if the Texans want to keep him around because of his rocket arm and familiarity with Bill O'Brien.
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Texans | Ryan Mallett likely out for season (Mon Nov 24, 01:05 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) is expected to miss the rest of the season because of the pectoral injury he suffered in Week 12.

Our View: This means the Texans will likely go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter. The other option they have is rookie fourth-round pick Tom Savage. Like Mallett, Savage has a strong arm and control problems. Mallett will enter free agency this upcoming offseason coming off an injury with only two games as a starter under his belt.
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Texans | Ryan Mallett to have MRI on pectoral (Sun Nov 23, 09:26 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) suffered a pectoral injury in the Week 12 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and he will go for an MRI. He might miss several games if the test shows a tear. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to return to a starting role.

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Texans | Ryan Mallett should play (Fri Nov 21, 05:32 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable for Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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