Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) prepares to make a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
Ryan Mallett's preseason is getting off to a poor start. We break down the fantasy implications.
New England Patriots QB Ryan Mallett has had a very disappointing start to the NFL season. He has drawn tepid reviews in training camp, with CSN New England's Tom Curran not impressed with his decisiveness or accuracy. Mallett didn't help his own case Thursday night against the Saints, completing only 8 of 19 passes for 89 yards and an interception.
Analysis: This hasn't been Mallett's ideal career path. Once considered one of the top QB prospects in the 2011 draft, character concerns dropped him to the 3rd round, where he's now battling Brian Hoyer for the backup spot behind Tom Brady. Mallett doesn't seem to be making any strides towards being a viable NFL quarterback; The Boston Globe reports that "he just didn't look comfortable and the game is not coming naturally to him." It's too early to completely write off Mallett's NFL career, but he's not doing himself any favors.