Aug 7, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) prepares to throw the ball against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mallett rumors: New England Patriots unlikely to get any value in return

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.

Ben Volin of The Boston Globe believes everyone should “stop pretending” any other team is going to give up a significant draft pick or anything else of value in a trade for Mallett.

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.

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