After an offseason filled with trade rumors, Ryan Mallett expressed today that he is happy to still be a member of the New England Patriots. He also welcomes competing with the newly acquired Tim Tebow for the No. 2 spot on the quarterback depth chart.
“He’s a great player,” Mallett said of Tebow. “There’s always competition, at every position. It’s part of the job.”
Mallett was at the center of swirling trade rumors in the offseason for teams who were in need of a quarterback. The Patriots opted to hang onto Mallett, despite reported heavy interest for the backup quarterback from several NFL teams.
Despite the signing of Tebow, Mallett feels secure in his role and confident he can step in if needed to be the man under center.
The problem is Mallett will hardly see playing time in any regular season games barring an injury to starting quarterback Tom Brady.
But Mallett has continued to work hard in the offseason and now into training camp. Mallett, who has two years left on his rookie contract, contends that he is hoping to improve not to demonstrate to other teams he is capable of a starter, but rather to help the Patriots win football games.
“I’m going out there to help the Patriots win,” Mallett said. “I’m a Patriot. All this other stuff that keeps being talked about – I don’t have anything to do with it. I come to work every day as a Patriot and try to get better.”
Mallett is saying all the right things as he appears to be a great teammate that truly relishes in the success of Brady and the rest of his Patriots’ teammates. With Brady signed through the 2017 season, Mallett will likely never be the starting quarterback (again, barring injury) for the Patriots. Still, Mallett can become an attractive option for other teams in the league in the near future if he can showcase his talents in the upcoming preseason.