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Houston Texans Get Needed Upgrade at QB with Ryan Mallett Trade

Houston Texans Get Starting QB in Trade for Ryan Mallett

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans have completed a trade with the New England Patriots to acquire quarterback Ryan Mallett for a 2015 sixth-round pick.

This trade reunites former Patriots offensive coordinator, and now Texans’ head coach, Bill O’Brien with Mallett. After struggling to name a solid starting quarterback this summer, the Texans made a move to acquire, what hopefully will be, their starting quarterback now and into the future.

Mallett was considered the Patriots’ quarterback of the future for the past four seasons, but this clearly changed when the team selected Jimmy Garroppolo during this past May’s draft. After Garroppolo proved that he is a worthy backup to Tom Brady in New England, the Patriots decided that the team no longer had a need for Mallett.

It was a shrewd move by the Patriots, who likely would have released Mallett if the team was unaware of the Texans’ interest. As a result, the Patriots basically received a free late-round pick for a player who was not of any use to them anymore.

Mallett will not be named the starter in Houston immediately but, with only Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum in his way, it should only be a matter of time. Mallett, though completely unproven, should give the Texans a major upgrade at quarterback. He has a strong arm and is familiar with the offense that O’Brien will attempt to run in Houston.

While Texans fans will have to endure a couple of weeks of Fitzpatrick, Mallett’s time should not be far away, as he will likely begin starting games when he has a good understanding of their playbook.

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