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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

General News (Wed Oct 7): practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Tue Oct 6): was benched in favor of Brian Hoyer during Week 4's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Mallett will be the starting quarterback for the Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Oct. 8, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Week 5: vs Indianapolis Colts

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Thursday Night game will feature two NFC South rivals clashing in Houston's NRG Stadium. The Texans are banged up coming into this one - Cecil Shorts (shoulder) is out and Nate Washington (hamstring) is also not practicing this week, so rookie Kevin Mumphery (seven targets for 4/56/0 receiving last week) could get the start opposite DeAndre Hopkins (22! targets for 9/157/0 receiving last week) at wide receiver. In addition to the injury woes, the Texans benched starter Ryan Mallett (12/27 for 150 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown last week) in Atlanta after the team was down 0-42 - backup Brian Hoyer threw three TDs against prevent defense but was not elevated to starter (yet), so Mallett will begin this game under center (whether he finishes there is yet to be seen). Outside Hopkins, who gets his no matter which guy is pitching the football, it's hard to be excited about any of the receivers on this chaotic unit. The Colts' pass D allowed 30/47 for 266 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to the Jaguars last week, after coughing up 27/44 for 367 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions to the Titans two games ago. To date, the Colts average 268.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with six passing scores handed over vs. a mediocre three interceptions and just five sacks generated to date (tied for 28th in the NFL). This is a good matchup for the Texans, but it remains to be seen if they can take advantage of it.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs KC 18 8 13 98 1 0 1 6 0 0 9.5
2 at CAR 88 27 58 244 1 1 1 6 1 0 21.8
3 vs TB 93 24 39 228 1 1 1 -1 0 0 14.3
4 at ATL 41 12 27 150 0 1 0 0 0 0 6.5
5 vs IND PROJ-Dodds * 23 40 * * * 2 * * * *
5 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay * 13 24 * * * 1 * * * *
5 vs IND PROJ-Bloom * 20 33 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Texans | Ryan Mallett exits with injury (Thu Oct 8, 09:39 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (undisclosed) exited against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by QB Brian Hoyer.

Our View: Mallett has been brooding on the sideline, in his equipment, so there is no real indication as to what is wrong or how serious. If this was a serious injury, we assume he'd be in street clothes.
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Texans | Ryan Mallett should play (Wed Oct 7, 06:15 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7, and is listed as probable for the Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: Mallett or Brian Hoyer - neither should be in your lineup. Avoid this mess because it will only make you sad and cost you fantasy points.
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Texans | Ryan Mallett has full practice (Tue Oct 6, 06:48 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest) had another full practice Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Our View: Mallett is back in the starting lineup for the Texans after getting benched for Brian Hoyer last week against the Falcons. We're expecting the team to have a quick hook for Mallett if (when?) he struggles against the Colts.
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Texans | Ryan Mallett fully participates Monday (Mon Oct 5, 07:50 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest) fully participated in the team's walkthrough Monday, Oct. 5.

Our View: Bill O'Brien says that Mallett is the starter, even though he was benched in the Atlanta game for Brian Hoyer. We're expecting a quick, although probably not permanent, hook for Mallett if he struggles against the Colts.
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Texans | Ryan Mallett will remain starter (Mon Oct 5, 02:33 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett will be the starting quarterback for the Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Oct. 8, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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