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Ryan Mallett’s progress may give Patriots options

Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, Tom Brady AP

The Patriots have been willing to go with two quarterbacks in the past. Something about having a guy like Tom Brady can give you that confidence.

They may do so again if they find a market for one of their backups, based on the progress Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett have made.

Hoyer couldn’t find a taker this offseason when he was a restricted free agent, stepping into a market which included Peyton Manning and a pair of franchise-caliber quarterbacks in the draft.

But that could change if there’s an injury in camp, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, who said the Patriots should expect calls if a team comes up short.

Hoyer will be an unrestricted free agent next year, but Mallett’s the intriguing one in this situation. Character questions caused his draft stock to plummet, and New England taking him in the third round was simply a value pick.

But Bill Belichick praised him, in his own Belichickian way, indicating that Mallett has made strides.

“I think you see progress in all the players who have been here in the offseason program who are healthy and who have worked hard,” Belichick said. “The guys that are here that are working hard, I can definitely see them improving. I’d put Ryan in that category.”

It would be easy to characterize drafting Mallett as a move made simply to flip him later, and it will be curious to see how much value he has if someone has a need at the position.

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29 Responses to “Ryan Mallett’s progress may give Patriots options”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Jun 27, 2012 9:54 AM

    I’m amazed anyone trades for backup QBs given the run of recent failures. Like PT Barnum said, ‘there’s an Arizona born every minute’.

  2. realnflmaster says: Jun 27, 2012 9:55 AM

    Miami could have had this guy in the 3rd. Instead they blew the 8th on Tannehill. Ahahahahaha. Enjoy the AFC East basement for years.

  3. tatatoothy says: Jun 27, 2012 10:00 AM

    Brett Favre had character issues, too. I’m still a Mallet believer. The guy is an out and out stud QB on the field. Clean up his off the field “concerns” and he could be very good. If NE is smart, they do with Mallet what GB did with Rodgers. I’m sure the chowder heads would gladly see a transition in bean town as smooth as the one that happened in GB.

  4. 4t9er says: Jun 27, 2012 10:05 AM

    I’m amazed sometimes how people believe anything coming from the Patriots (or the Eagles) camp. I’m sure the Patriots will give up a quality QB for a measly 2nd round from the goodness of their heart.

  5. jessieboom says: Jun 27, 2012 10:05 AM

    If they are willing to trade him, he’s not worth trading for.

  6. all4patriots says: Jun 27, 2012 10:07 AM

    It makes the most sense to trade Hoyer, since he is unrestricted next year, if Mallett is ready to hold the clipboard

  7. theecowardlylion says: Jun 27, 2012 10:27 AM

    Aren’t the Chiefs due to get duped into trading for another upside QB?

  8. rc33 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:28 AM

    Anyone really believe Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker or Christian Ponder (all top 12 picks) are that much better a prospect than Mallett?
    Now that he’s got a years’ experience w/ a good system, good coach & good starting QB, I wouldn’t be surprised to see real growth in camp and in the preseason.

  9. brutus9448 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:43 AM

    once brady is done so are the pats. Lightning doesn’t strike the same true twice. Well maybe it does in greenbay but that’s about it.

  10. realitypolice says: Jun 27, 2012 10:43 AM

    I believe one of the “character issues” people are referring to is the fact the Mallett is dumber than a box of hammers.

    How bad does it look for Ochocinco that this lunkhead can learn Belichick’s offensive system and he can’t?

  11. 2toneblueblood says: Jun 27, 2012 10:46 AM

    This dude has an absolute cannon and is exremely accurate. I always thought his “off the field issues” were totally overblown. If someone decides to trade for him, they’re getting a potential stud. The team that gets him needs a good o-line though cause he’s a statue in the pocket.

  12. ampats says: Jun 27, 2012 10:50 AM

    If Hoyer has a good showing in preseason, maybe a QB needy team will give up a mid round draft choice. I’m very comfortable having Mallett back up Brady.

  13. 1historian says: Jun 27, 2012 11:08 AM

    It’s silly to say that they drafted Mallett simply to flip him later. When Brady retires whoever is his replacement will have had at least 2 years watching him. What’s not smart about that? Remember when Brady went down in 2008 and Cassell stepped right in? The team went 11-5 and it was one of the few times a team with a record like that didn’t make the playoffs.

    To all those who like to say nasty things about Hoyer or Mallett – I would think that Belichik is the better judge than you.

  14. EJ says: Jun 27, 2012 11:29 AM

    What are the Patriots going to do when Tom Brady decides to retire? If Mallett is looking that good, then he should be the heir to the Boston throne right? No, because Belichick is blowing smoke, trying to get some idiot team to give up a handful of draft picks for either Mallett or Hoyer. The Patriots are in trouble when Brady is done with the game, IMO.

  15. realdealsteel says: Jun 27, 2012 11:34 AM

    I think Mallet is a player and teams like Miami and Washington continue to show how stupid they are for not taking him a couple of years ago.

    If you eliminate players because of supposed “character issues” , you’d be eliminating almost a third of all the kids in the draft!

    Once again, it just proves over and over again why the Patriots are so far ahead of the game compared to other teams.

    And I’m not a Patriots fan.

  16. suite34 says: Jun 27, 2012 11:44 AM

    Kudos to Realnflmaster for pointing out Miami could (should) have drafted Mallett. Also remember, they traded UP in the third round to draft Daniel Thomas. Who needs a potential franchise QB when you could have a 3rd string RB?

  17. CKL says: Jun 27, 2012 12:04 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Jun 27, 2012 10:43 AM
    I believe one of the “character issues” people are referring to is the fact the Mallett is dumber than a box of hammers.

    How bad does it look for Ochocinco that this lunkhead can learn Belichick’s offensive system and he can’t?
    ________________________________
    Mallett isn’t dumb that I know of. In fact, one reason BB liked him is that he was a football junkie and impressed BB as far as his knowledge of the game. Also Ark’s system had some similarities to theirs, per comments Mallett has made.

    His pre draft off field issues were related to rumored drug use, personality, stuff like that.

    Pats aren’t done being competitive when TB retires, they are much more likely done being competitive when BB retires. Great coach>great player any day.

    It IS time for them to start thinking of a viable succession plan though. Mallett might be a little early for that but you never know.

  18. folkcrusader says: Jun 27, 2012 12:11 PM

    If Hoyer was any good someone would have at least given him a contract and a chance to start, no one did. If Mallett was any good he’d be the back up in front of Hoyer, he is not.

    Belicheat knows hes got two pigs sitting on the bench and now he wants to smear lipstick on them.

  19. ampats says: Jun 27, 2012 12:14 PM

    EJ says,

    “The Patriots are in trouble when Brady is done with the game,IMO.”

    Thats what every non Patriots fan continues to wish for .

    And Brady is going nowhere in the near future!

  20. jnbnet says: Jun 27, 2012 12:20 PM

    EJ says:
    Jun 27, 2012 11:29 AM
    What are the Patriots going to do when Tom Brady decides to retire? If Mallett is looking that good, then he should be the heir to the Boston throne right? No, because Belichick is blowing smoke, trying to get some idiot team to give up a handful of draft picks for either Mallett or Hoyer. The Patriots are in trouble when Brady is done with the game, IMO.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    How is it that you are not working in the front office for an NFL team?

  21. prince5000 says: Jun 27, 2012 12:27 PM

    I’m from Arkansas. Mallett’s off the field issue was weed. He also very laid back that comes off as arrogant. Watching every college game of his for 2 years I can tell you it was all WAY overblown. Brady will be 35 this season and if Mallett has progressed this much in just a year, i don’t see Belichek flipping him.

  22. mornelithe says: Jun 27, 2012 12:55 PM

    As a backup, he may be worth it, but not sure he’s going to fetch much from other teams. At least, he really shouldn’t. From PFW’s take on OTA’s neither Mallett or Hoyer has shown much of any serious progress over past years.

  23. whitefenderstrat says: Jun 27, 2012 1:12 PM

    I followed Mallett very closely over the 2 years he was the Hogs starting QB, and he did some amazing things. Sure, he is slow, but his right arm is his moneymaker. I have doubts that any QB in the league has a stronger arm, and he hasn’t started a single game. He was smart enough to learn Petrino’s offense, which is a statement in itself. He’s tall enough to see over any defense. An intense, high spirited college football player is gonna get in a little hot water every once in a while. That doesn’t mean he has no character.

  24. realfootballfan says: Jun 27, 2012 4:01 PM

    It’s amazing that people still buy into the bill Bellichick great drafter narrative after so many failures.

    The truth is that I believe Bellichick is out the door with Brady if not in advance of him.

    How many more bad trades, bad draft picks, and more years since the old core of that defense that was drafted by Bill parcells have to go by before people finally realize that Bellichick got extremely lucky with a once in a lifetime 6th round pick?

    Now, he’s a great coach and was one of the best defensive coaches that I’ve ever seen, but he’s not a great talent evaluator who’s standing over the entire NFL. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be going on nearly 10 years since his last Super Bowl win.

  25. wizardofhogz says: Jun 27, 2012 5:33 PM

    CKL says: Jun 27, 2012 12:04 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Jun 27, 2012 10:43 AM
    I believe one of the “character issues” people are referring to is the fact the Mallett is dumber than a box of hammers.
    ________________________________

    Mallett’s Wonderlic was 26; the average for NFL QB’s is 24. So – he’s not Einstein but neither is he “challenged”. And if you saw him responding to Gruden’s questions on the white board in the ESPN “QB Camp” before last year’s draft, you’d have seen that the guy has solid “football smarts”.

  26. yelix says: Jun 27, 2012 8:35 PM

    @theecowardlylion

    I’m a diehard Chiefs fan, and that got a laugh out of me, followed by a depressed sigh when I realized that your joke might become reality someday.

  27. jengibre23 says: Jun 27, 2012 10:31 PM

    Ryan mallet is a giant with a rocket arm and can make any throw. Idk where his character came into play. I just saw a big QB with tons of ability who I would’ve taken ahead of gabbert and ponder. I think that the patriots should have him learn through Brady for a few more years then when Brady gets injured and has to call it quits the have another elite QB with better arm strength to lead them to another title. But please jesus force kraft and belicheck to draft a LONG DEEP BALL RECIEVER. They need to spread the field out and they will be almost unstoppable like back in 07. Especiall with Chandler jones and daunte Hightower toughening up the defense.

  28. jebdamone says: Jun 28, 2012 1:52 AM

    other than newton, mallet was the QB that i wanted out of that draft. people say he is dumb and that he is trouble. he may sound simple, but from the research i did when he started talking football that changed. also, like a couple people said, he seems to like to smoke a little weed. oh well, that doesn’t make him trouble as long as he can pass a test when he needs to. im not really a pats fan but i thought that was a great pick for them. he will be of value in a couple years if they want to trade him, or if he is willing to wait out tom retiring i think he will be able to step right in and play very well.

  29. jolink653 says: Jun 28, 2012 11:22 AM

    i was absolutely thrilled with the pick when they made it and i think they would be stupid to trade him…i’d say trade hoyer (who was an undrafted FA anyway) get as much as you can for him and groom mallett to back up and hopefully eventually slide in to the starting spot when tom is done…this kid did some great things are arkansas and he’s got a rocket for an arm

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