QB Ryan Mallett - Houston Texans
|6-6, 253||Born: 6-5-1988||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 3|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Mallett ran the Texans offense with smoothness and efficiency, even if that did mean handing off to running backs almost 50 times. He was able to incorporate better downfield passing than Ryan Fitzpatrick, and even get Garrett Graham involved. With Tennessee and Jacksonville up in Week 13 and 14, Mallett is worth a stash.
General News (Fri Nov 21): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Nov 20): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Nov 19): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 12: vs Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Mallett looked solid in his debut as the Texans' starting quarterback, slinging 20/30 for 211 yards passing, two TDs and one interception with zero sacks taken at Cleveland. DeAndre Hopkins (eight targets for 4/80/0 receiving) went deep more than once, catching a 41-yard pass on one of his receptions, while Andre Johnson also piled up yards (nine for 7/68/0). Garrett Graham (two for 2/34/1) and J.J. Watt (one for 1/2/1) handled the TD catches for Mallett. The Texans' offense was dynamic with Mallett under center - he looks like he's in there to stay going forwards. The Bengals' pass D did a great job on Drew Brees and company last week, holding N'Arlins to 33/41 for 255 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions in the Saints' own house - two weeks ago, Brian Hoyer managed 15/23 for 198 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions at Cincinnati. Though the Bengals don't generate much of a pass rush this year (only 13 sacks), they've limited the number of passing TDs given up to 11 through 10 games, and have 10 interceptions during that time frame (tied for 10th in the NFL). The team ranks 20th averaging 249.5 net passing yards allowed per game - this is a bend-but-don't-break style unit. Mallett has some tough customers coming to NRG Stadium, and the Texans have an attractive rushing matchup to boot - he may hand the ball off frequently in this game.
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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.
Latest NewsTexans | 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. link to story Texans | Ryan Mallett a full participant (Thu Nov 20, 05:59 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. Our View: Mallett looked OK last week, but we wouldn't roll him out there in your fantasy lineup. He's a QB3 at best.
Texans | Ryan Mallett fully practices (Wed Nov 19, 06:15 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. Our View: Mallett was 'okay' in his first start with the Texans last week. Expect the team to run the ball a lot in order to keep things simple for their inexperienced quarterback.
link to story Texans | Ryan Mallett wins first start (Sun Nov 16, 09:39 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett made his first career start in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. He threw for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Our View: Mallett revived the value of Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins and made the offense look very smooth. He should keep the viability of the Texans offense intact and probably at a higher level than Ryan Fitzpatrick set it during his stint as the starter.
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