A steam engine of potential trade talks involving Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallet that NFL analyst Mike Mayock sparked yesterday, when he claimed Mallet is a starter in this league, couldn’t be stopped. Mayock said Mallet popped in practice against the Redskins and he said that the drafting of Jimmy Garoppolo was an insurance policy for a potential trade. Here’s why he’s wrong:
1. Ryan Mallet can throw in practice, but have we seen it in a game-setting? The thing is Mallet has a great arm, but managing the game is a whole other story. Mayock is well respected, but until a team sees Mallet light it up in game action, no one will give up anything of great value for him.
2. His ‘poppin’ took place against the Redskins second team defense – In other words, the backups. The 2013 Redskins ranked 18th in total yards allowed and 20th in passing yards allowed at 243.5 per game. This was the backups for those guys and keeping it in perspective, these players are worse than a group of players that wasn’t very good to begin with in the secondary.
3. Team’s are looking for the next RG3, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson coming out of college. The college game has become one that prepares quarterback’s more and most high draft picks are ready to step right in to the starting lineup. Why would a team trade away an asset for a 26-year old quarterback, who can’t run and has only played in the regular season four times and made just four throws total? The mold of the quarterback is in the midst of a big change and if you don’t believe me, just look at the recent draft history.
I’m not saying Mallet can’t be a starter in this league, but some fans think you’re going to get Andre Johnson for Ryan Mallet. It’s not going to happen.
Hopefully, Mallet can light it up in pre-season action and a team in playoff contention later in the season would be willing to give up a draft pick for him, but even if he does throw well, it’s against second string defenders. It’s a sort of no win for Mallet and unfortunately for him, he needs an opportunity he may never be given.