Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Mallett’

Patriots vs. Buccaneers: Thoughts and Observations

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Ryan Mallett had his best night as a professional football player.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After delivering a scare to the entire region of New England, Tom Brady was back on the Gillette Stadium field for the Patriots second preseason game. Brady, as expected was in mid-season form and showed no signs of a knee injury. Now that training camp is over and open roster spots dwindling multiple players needed impressive performances to play their way onto the competitive Patriots roster. Which players stood out and whose bubble burst against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

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Patriots Off-season: Ten Post-Minicamp Thoughts

Monday, June 17th, 2013
Patriots Receivers

Which Patriots receivers are going to step up this off-season?

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

After a series of OTA sessions and two days of mandatory minicamp, head coach Bill Belichick called off the final day of practices on June 13. In turn, upwards of 90 players departed from 1 Patriot Place blaring Alice Cooper’s “Schools Out” from their stereo speakers.

Well, something to that effect.

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Setting the Stage for Ryan Mallett’s Third NFL Season

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Ryan Mallett

Ryan Mallett has some competition at the backup QB spot now. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

There’s a No. 15 slinging spirals in a New England Patriots practice jersey, and his name is not Tim Tebow.

It’s Ryan Mallett.

An Arkansas Razorback by way of the Michigan Wolverines, Mallett was a Patriots third-round pick back in 2011. Selected 74th overall, the Razorback was New England’s highest quarterback draft investment since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. And according to then-NFL Network analyst and current Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi, the 6’6”, 245-pounder was ranked atop the team’s QB board that April.

Many saw “Big Tex” as a possible heir to Tom Brady’s throne. He too spent time under Lloyd Carr during his short time in Ann Arbor, and he too fit the prototype of a drop-back pocket negotiator.

But as we know, comparisons and expectations are the shingles on the roof of prospect disappointment. Mallett had to learn to be an NFL passer before he could become an NFL passer.

As a rookie in 2011, Mallett held a clipboard as the third-string quarterback behind Brian Hoyer. Yet in 2012, he flashed enough to convince Bill Belichick he could be second-in-command. Hoyer was subsequently released, and New England opted to go just two-deep at the game’s most pivotal position. Belichick showed trust in a second-year player who hadn’t played a professional snap under center.

Mallett went on to make appearances in four games as the lone understudy last year. He took eight kneel-downs for a loss of nine yards, finishing the campaign with just one completion for 17 yards on four pass attempts. He also threw one interception.

With a very small sample size to choose from, the jury is still out on Mallett. He may develop into a starting-caliber field general. But will Foxboro ever be the venue for him to do so?

In late February, Brady signed an extension through the 2017 season, and in turn, that possibility became more of a pipedream for Mallett. After all, the 25-year-old would be 30 and on his second NFL contract by the time that plan were to come to fruition.

So what does 2013 mean for Mallett?

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Report: Multiple Teams Looking to Trade For Ryan Mallett

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Ryan Mallett Patriots

Will we see Ryan Mallett in a different uniform next year?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Patience is a virtue.

The Patriots have waited for NFL teams to become disenchanted with the quarterback class in the 2013 NFL Draft. Now teams are coming hat in hand, looking to trade picks for a former third round pick of the Patriots – Ryan Mallett.

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Patriots 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Receivers in Focus

Friday, April 19th, 2013
Robert Woods 2013 NFL Draft

Are you looking at the next Patriots wideout? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

One week from today, the 2013 NFL Draft will be in full swing. Here is one scenario of how things could play out for the New England Patriots next week.

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Patriots vs Giants: Preseason Week 4 Aftermath

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Patriots Defense

The New England Patriots defense started the game very well against the Giants. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff

The Patriots lost three games against the New York Giants last year, none of them more disappointing than the Superbowl loss. There was no revenge tonight, as the Patriots lost 6-3 in a game marred by poor line play and questionable refereeing.

Here are our notes on how the Patriots played.

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In the Film Room: Patriots vs. Eagles

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Jermaine Cunningham was one of the big winners last night.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

A depleted Patriots team took on the Philadelphia Eagles last night. With the team playing three preseason games in ten days, Coach Belichick decided it would be best to rest 20+ players who will be on the team Week 1. The Patriots played primarily their second and third teams the entirety of the game but, were still able to make it a competitive ball game. After re-watching the game this morning here’s what I learned.

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