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New England Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Houston Texans

Ryan Mallett in final preseason game with New England
Ryan Mallett in final preseason game with New England
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Ryan Mallett will never take a meaningful snap for the New England Patriots. On Sunday, the Patriots agreed to a trade with the Houston Texans. According to’s Ian Rapoport, New England will receive a sixth round pick in return. It’s not much in return for a touted quarterback commodity in the NFL, but the Patriots never really had any use for Mallett’s services.

In the long run, this could be a huge win for the Houston Texans. As noted, the Texans decided to take Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Instead of taking Clowney first, they had their choice of selecting the likes of Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Teddy Bridgewater.

Now Houston has a chance to work with Mallett under the tutelage of Bill O’Brien. According to, the Texans have decided to part ways with Case Keenum. The Texans have veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter, but Mallett should get meaningful snaps sooner than later.

In three years with New England, Mallett has attempted four passes. Therefore, when the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo, there was a great chance that Mallett’s days in New England were numbered.

At 26 years of age, Mallett has learned a lot of tricks of the trade with New England. However, the next two years will determine if he is a starting quarterback in the NFL. Besides Fitzpatrick, Houston has Tom Savage in the fold at quarterback. He will be given every chance to win the starting job as well.

In two seasons with the Arkansas Razorbacks, Ryan Mallett threw 62 touchdown passes. The arm talent is present, and earlier during training camp, there were reports that Mallett looked like a starting quarterback in the league.

For the Patriots, they have gone with another young backup that has not taken a snap in the NFL. If something unfortunate happens to Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo will be given the keys to the AFC East’s best team.

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