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QB Ryan Mallett - Houston Texans

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

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The Houston Texans are entering their second year in a row with questions at the quarterback position. They have a talented, young, eager quarterback in Ryan Mallett, but he lacks polish, experience and consistency to be a proven commodity. Mallett is coming off a pectoral injury that ended his 2014 season two games after getting his first start as a professional. The Texans have weapons in the receiving game, most notably former first round pick DeAndre Hopkins. The departure of Andre Johnson to Indianapolis opens the door for Hopkins to rise to the occasion as the team's primary target in the passing game. Mallett has the early edge to be the team's starting quarterback over offseason acquisition Brian Hoyer. He needs to inch his way towards his potential and be a positive force for the Texans offense. The weapons are there to support him. It's now or never for the strong-armed veteran of few games, looking to find his niche in the league. (May 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 38, 31, 31, 33, 34, 34, 34, 34, 35
QB Dynasty - 35, 32, 34, 36, 36, 40

Stats and Projections

2012 NE 4 1 4 17 0 1 8 -9 0
2014 HOU 3 41 75 400 2 2 6 -2 0
2015 PROJ-Dodds 10 56 100 * * * 6 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 7 109 195 * * * 14 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 4 47 90 * * * 10 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 2 30 49 * * * 7 * * *

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Latest News

Texans | Ryan Mallett slept in (Thu Aug 27, 07:52 PM) - Updating a previous report, Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett missed practice Thursday, Aug. 27, because he overslept. Mallett was present for meetings later on, however. He will also be at practice Friday, Aug. 28.

Our View: We understand it. Madden 16 came out earlier this week (and Gears of War Ultimate Edition), so some late-night gaming might have been in order. Brian Hoyer has already been named the starter in Houston, and that gamer Mallett is the backup.
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Texans | Ryan Mallett not at practice (Thu Aug 27, 04:07 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (personal) was not at practice Thursday, Aug. 27, due to a personal issue, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Our View: Could it be that he's upset he got 'Hoyer'd' when Brian Hoyer was named the starter? He certainly seemed upset by the decision, and frankly we were baffled as well. It's easy to read into things without many facts—after all, Mallett was at Wednesday's practice after he lost the job and O'Brien hints he'll be back Friday. Still it's an intriguing idea that he was so upset he walked off. We'll be waiting to see what Hard Knocks has to say about it. We would avoid this quarterback situation if at all possible. Hoyer is aggressively mediocre, and no better than a QB3. Right now Mallett isn't even that though at least he has the upside of the unknown. This isn't a great situation though and Fantasy GMs are best looking elsewhere.
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Texans | Houston not ready to name starting QB (Fri Aug 21, 04:19 PM) - Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett have need competing for the starting quarterback job, but head coach Bill O'Brien wants to see them play more before making a decision. 'I need to see a little bit more and I want to give Ryan a chance to start a game, and put some more thought into it. Then make a decision at some point whether it's next week or the week after. At some point, we'll make a decision,' O'Brien said.

Our View: Both quarterbacks (and even Tom Savage) looked good against the 49ers in Week 1 of the preseason, which might be more about the state of the San Francisco defense than the state of the Houston quarterback situation. This pass offense could power DeAndre Hopkins to near WR1 numbers, but that's only because he's a high wattage bulb.
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