Despite adding journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason, the Houston Texans brought in another veteran on Sunday. The Texans acquired Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick in 2016.
According to ESPN, New England will receive a sixth or seventh round pick for the 26 year old quarterback. With Mallett joining Houston, the Texans will reportedly waive Case Keenum in order to complete the transaction. That likely leaves rookie Tom Savage seated in the third position on the team’s depth chart.
For the Texans, Ryan Mallett is a risk-reward type of asset. He has never started an NFL game, but still has plenty of time to grow. He has also learned from one of the best in the game. In New England, the former Arkansas Razorback was considered more of an insurance policy for Tom Brady, so it’s hard to know just how talented he can be.
Bill Belichick’s squad seem to be set at the quarterback position as well. New England drafted Eastern Illinois product Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of this year’s draft. The Patriots seem to be very impressed with Garoppolo, who threw for 618 yards and five touchdowns this preseason.