QB Ryan Mallett - Free Agent

6-6, 253Born: 6-5-1988College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 3, pick 2011

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2017 Week 8 vs MIA (3 / 7 / 20 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)

Ryan Mallett connected with Ben Watson off play action for an easy 2 yard touchdown with Kiko Alonso in coverage after taking over for Flacco inside the Dolphins 10 yard line. The Ravens were conservative with their play calling with Mallett under center. The Ravens managed a field goal attempt with Mallett under center thanks to an unnecessary roughness penalty on the Dolphins. The Ravens offense did manage a touchdown drive with Mallett but it was comprised almost entirely of run plays.

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.

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 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 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 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 16 vs PIT (28 / 41 / 274 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Ryan Mallett started his 1st game with the Ravens. Mallett had 28 completions on 41 attempts for a career-high 274 yards and 1 touchdown. During the 1st quarter, Mallett led a 15 play-75 yard drive for a touchdown. During the drive on 3rd down, Mallett completed 4 passes for 1st downs. On the drive, Mallett completed passes of 10 and 6 yards to Kamar Aiken, 16 yards to Jeremy Butler, 7 yards to Maxx Williams, and an 8 yard touchdown pass to Chris Matthews. On the play, Mallett placed the ball in the back center of the end zone where only Matthews could make a play on the ball. Early 2nd quarter, Mallett completed passes of 17 yards to Aiken and 9 yards to Williams. Late 2nd quarter, Mallett completed passes of 17 yards to Butler and a screen passes of 9, 5, and 10 yards to Allen. Mallett had 146 yards passing in the first half. Late 3rd quarter, Mallett completed passes of 7 and 13 yards to Aiken, 8 yards to Allen, 6 yards to Matthews, and 5 yards to Jeremy Butler. Early 4th quarter, Mallett completed passes of 39 yards to Chris Givens and 34 yards to Kyle Juszczyk.

2015 Week 17 vs CIN (30 / 56 / 292 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Ryan Mallett stood tall in the pocket in the face of pressure and was efficient on 3rd down conversions. t faced consistent pressure behind a makeshift offensive line against the Bengals explosive pass rushers. Geno Atkins blew by Ryan Jensen for a 3rd down sack on the Ravens opening possession. Mallett converted two 3rd downs with completions to Butler and Aiken for nice gains. The Ravens leaned on the run game early to set up manageable down and distances. However, back to back procedural penalties stalled the drive and kept the Ravens out of field goal range. Starting in good field position, Mallett helped move the Ravens inside the Bengal's 10 yard line. Mallett threw a dangerous pass late towards Javorius Allen that should have been intercepted by Dre Kirkpatrick but instead Tucker knocked in a short field goal. Fading away from pressure, Mallett made a perfect throw to a well-covered Maxx Williams to convert another 3rd down. Mallett again connected with the rookie tight end to convert a 3rd and 8. Mallett threw low to Jeremy Butler who took the screen pass for a 32 yard touchdown, but the score was nullified upon review because the pass hit the turf before Butler secured it. The Ravens settled for a long field goal instead. Mallett orchestrated an impressive scoring drive running the 2 minute offense before halftime. Mallett executed well and looked comfortable and confident. Mallett connected with Aiken, Williams, Butler, and Allen setting up a 50 yard field goal and giving the Ravens the lead. Mallett threw a costly interception with pressure in his face trying to force a pass to Allen. Mallett responded well after the interception. Finding Butler for a nice gain and moving the Ravens into Bengals territory. The drive stalled thanks to a Chris Mathews drop on 3rd down and Maxx Williams dropping a slant on 4th down. The offense began to look out of sync on the following two possessions as the Ravens abandoned the run game down 12 and had multiple miscues with receivers apparently running the wrong routes. Mallett tried to force a deep pass to Chris Givens and Reggie Nelson saw it coming a mile away but dropped the easy interception. Mallett bounced back and put together a nice drive with 4 minutes remaining. He made accurate throws to Aiken, and connected twice with Chris Matthews over the middle to move the Ravens into the red zone. Mallett capped the drive finding Juszczyk wide open off of play action in the flat. The Ravens got possession with 40 seconds remaining, no timeouts and deep in their own territory down 8. Mallett promptly threw an ugly interception into a sea of Bengals' defenders.

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.

2012 Week 8 vs STL (1 / 3 / 17 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

Came in with 8 minutes remaining to run out garbage time. Mallett didn't get much of an opportunity to look special and his only completion was on a screen pass.