When the New England Patriots opened the preseason on the road against the Washington Redskins Thursday night, Ryan Mallett was the starting quarterback. Although sitting future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady in the preseason isn’t anything new, with the Patriots drafting rookie Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, it led to speculation the Patriots may be showcasing Mallett. However Mallett struggled in the Patriots’ 23-6 loss – he finished five-of-12 for 55 yards while Garoppolo shined, going eight-of-12 for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Nothing against the kid, who should be commended for the way he has patiently sat behind Tom Brady for the first three seasons of his NFL career.
Let’s just please stop pretending that one of the other 31 teams is going to give up any sort of significant draft pick to acquire Mallett to be their quarterback. And by significant, I mean even a fourth- or fifth-round pick. He just hasn’t proven anything at the pro level, especially in the preseason games, which are his only significant chance to showcase his talents to the world.
We can’t say he’s “a starting quarterback in this league,” as Mayock did. Nor can we say he’s terrible. Or even mediocre. He’s an enigma.
Mallett, who is heading into his fourth season in the league, has completed just one of his four career passes in his career. He has 17 yards and an interception.