The New England Patriots finally moved backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, sending him to the Houston Texans for a sixth-round draft pick.
Seemingly the Pats have been in trade-talks regarding Mallett since they drafted him in 2011, but the lanky QB never really had any chance to get playing time with Tom Brady at the helm. Mallett has been getting more mixed reviews as of late, and he was surpassed on the depth chart by rookie Jimmy Garoppolo who has been exceptional during the preseason.
Houston doesn’t have an ideal quarterback situation, as the shaky Ryan Fitzpatrick is their starter heading into the season. Their backups don’t inspire much confidence as well, so Mallett will slide in as their third-string initially, but it may not take long before he is the backup.
Mallett does possess a strong arm and must have picked something up from Brady in his time on the bench. The Texans are taking a chance on a guy who hasn’t really played an NFL game, and the Pats quietly admit that Mallett was never going to be the starter once Brady retired.
Keep an eye on Houston to see if Mallett gets his shot to start a game in the National Football League, but it was about time to see him go after it became evident that he wasn’t the future leader of the guys at Gillette Stadium.