Tag:Ryan Mallett
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:37 pm

Patriots shock world, draft Ryan Mallett

Posted by Will Brinson

NEW YORK -- Ryan Mallett is arguably the biggest loser AND biggest winner on the second day of the NFL Draft, as he fell to the third round, but was selected by the New England Patriots, which, yes, may be the talk of the second day here in New York.

The best part about the selection, though, is that the Patriots used a selection they obtained from the Minnesota Vikings in the infamous Randy Moss trade to pick up Mallett. Minnesota, as you may know, could use a starting quarterback right about now.

But Mallett won't be a starter for New England, who has a fella named Tom Brady occupying that spot. What he will be is a source of intrigue around the league for any number of reasons.

His personal life is littered with red flags, whether they're all accurate or not. Bill Belichick believes he handle guys with those flags, and there's ample proof -- Randy Moss, Corey Dillon, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Spikes -- to back it up.
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Mallett's talent, though, is the unquestioned reason why people will watch this: he's got a cannon arm and a pile of upside. He's not the fastest guy in the world, but the ironic thing about that is his 40-time at the combine brought Tom Brady comparisons because it was so slow.

Is he going to be the next Brady? Um, no, probably not. But he can be a hell of an NFL quarterback if he can get his act cleaned up and Belichick can brainwash him into following the "Patriot Way."

That might seem like a stretch, but no one thought that Brady and Matt Cassel would turn out to be Pro Bowlers when they were drafted either.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:46 am
Edited on: April 29, 2011 9:29 am

Ryan Mallett is there for Cincy's taking

Posted by Andy Benoit
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Sot the first round has come and gone. From it, we saw four quarterbacks come off the board (Jake Locker at eight?! Christian Ponder at twelve!?) But two high profile quarterbacks still remain: Andy Dalton of TCU and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas.

Many have long figured that the Bills (picking second in the second round) and Bengals (picking third) are in the market for a new signal-caller. Don’t bet it on with Buffalo – the coaching staff is genuinely pleased with Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bengals, on the other hand, are more of a mystery.
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We’ll find out Friday exactly where the Bengals stand on the Carson Palmer saga. Mike Brown is a sucker for top-notch athletes (character concerns be damned) and it’s possible that Mallett was Cincy’s targeted quarterback all along. If that’s the case (and this is merely educated speculation that it is), then the Bengals find themselves with a golden opportunity to cut bait with Palmer and commit to their future.

We’ll find out Friday.

Tom Murphy of Arkansas Online spent draft night with the 70 Mallett family members and friends at Steel Wings duck lodge in Humnoke, AR. As the first round concluded, Mallett said, “Whatever team is going to be smart enough to pick me, we’re going to make something happen. I just want to play ball, that’s what I say.

“I’m not disappointed. I mean I’m disappointed, but I have a chance to play in the NFL, so I’m not too disappointed.”

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:01 pm

Is Andy Dalton really a top-10 pick?

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Since when did Andy Dalton become a top-10 pick for this week’s NFL draft? Hell, when did he become a first round pick? I must have missed that memo, but apparently, somebody thinks quite highly of the former TCU quarterback.

That team, according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora is the Titans – who apparently are thinking of picking Dalton with the No. 8 pick (rather than, as convention (and our mock draft gurus Rob Rang and Chad Reuter) dictates, go with Auburn DT Nick Fairley).

La Canfora’s sources told him that Tennessee – which, after losing Vince Young and probably Kerry Collins, is in desperate need of a starting quarterback whose name happens not to be Rusty Smith – considers Dalton an elite prospect who is less of a risk than the other quarterbacks who might fall to No. 8.

Considering Auburn’s Cam Newton and Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert likely will be off the board by the time the Titans pick, Tennessee could want to avoid Washington’s Jake Locker and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and pick Dalton instead. The Titans also could be worried that by the time they get to their second-round pick, Dalton would be gone.

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Greg Cosell of the NFL Network disagrees, telling the Sacramento Bee that Dalton is no better than (gasp!) a fourth-round pick.

“He won't go there. He'll go higher," Cosell said. "But he doesn't throw it very well. He doesn't spin it very well. He's a guy you'll have to camouflage. He needs a strong running game to be successful."

Either way, it’s nice to know that Dalton’s red hair might not be that big a consideration with at least one NFL team.

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Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 7:28 pm

Podcast: discussing the draft, 2011 schedules

Posted by Will Brinson

Andy Benoit and I disagree about how the NFL chose to schedule its Week 1 contests. Plus, we jump into the quarterback issue of the 2011 draft.

We promise, it's worth listening to --- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:55 pm

Teams down on Andy Dalton ... for his hair color?

Posted by Will Brinson

The peak of NFL disinformation -- the week before the NFL Draft -- is about to get into full swing, but it's gotten a pretty good start already, what with the silly "Ryan Mallett can't NOT party when he's in Charlotte for a single night to meet with Carolina" rumors.

But a rumor surrounding Andy Dalton might be even more ridiculous than the Mallett business -- according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, there's at least one coach on one team in the NFL who's concerned about Dalton because -- wait for it -- he has red hair.

"Has there ever been a red-headed quarterback in the NFL who's really done well?" a coach asked one reporter last week, according to King. "It sounds idiotic, but is there any way that could be a factor? We've wondered."

King's article is about the "inexact science of choosing a quarterback" in the NFL Draft and it's spot on, because, well, it's 2011 and teams are still absolutely whiffing on early-round signal callers, despite hours of tape and piles of personnel reports.

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But someone's worried about Dalton because he's -- and apologies if this offends anyone -- a ginger? Come on.

Should people be concerned about whether or not success at TCU translates to success at the NFL level? Sure, why not (Ben Roethlisberger would like a word, however). Should be prospective teams worry about his arm strength? Definitely. You want a strong-armed quarterback.

Is there a possible issue with the fact that Dalton's coming from a spread offense? Well, yeah, but you could ask the same question about Blaine Gabbert.

Dalton's also the all-time leader in victories by a TCU quarterback, after passing Sammy Baugh (!) in his senior year. He also threw for 10,314 yards in four years at TCU, threw just 30 interceptions and completed almost 62 percent of his passes over his four-year career. 

Despite all that, he deserves scrutiny, for sure, because some team could invest a lot of time and money in his services. But even Eric Cartman would agree that worrying about whether or not his hair color might cause him to be a failure at the professional level is a bit over the top.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 3:54 pm

Agents and Panthers say Mallett really was sick

Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Mallett (US Presswire)
Earlier today we passed along a report from Brad Briggs of the National Football Post that said Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett skipped his April 9 meetings with the Panthers after being out on the town the night of April 8.

Mallett’s agents (J.R. Carroll and David Dunn), as well as the Panthers organization, have issued statements (received via Pro Football Talk) rebuking these reports.

From the agents:

“There is absolutely no truth to the unfounded and irresponsible report that Ryan skipped his visit with the Carolina Panthers on April 9 because he was too sick after a late night out on the town the previous night.  Rather, Ryan had dinner with club officials from the Panthers on the evening of April 8 and then returned to his hotel that evening along with Julio Jones.  Ryan and Julio were together the entire time that evening until Ryan and Julio turned in for the night around 10:00 — 10:30 pm.

“Upon returning to his hotel room, Ryan became ill and was up most of the night and into the morning with flu-like symptoms.  Keep in mind that this was Ryan’s fourth team visit in the previous week and that Ryan had crisscrossed the country with stops in Cincinnati, Fayetteville, Seattle, Fayetteville again and Minneapolis before Charlotte.  Nevertheless, Ryan met with Panthers representatives on the morning of April 9 as scheduled and informed the club at that time that he was extremely sick.  Carolina officials decided to send Ryan back to his hotel room for some medicine and additional rest in hopes that they could meet with Ryan later that morning.  Ryan did as instructed and contacted Panther officials later that morning to resume his meetings with club officials.  However, given that Ryan was still sick, Carolina officials decided to cancel the remainder of Ryan’s visit with the team.”

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From the Panthers:

“Ryan Mallett came for a visit to Charlotte two weeks ago. He had dinner with our coaches the evening he arrived and came down from his hotel room for a scheduled breakfast meeting the following morning upon which time he informed a staff member that he had been sick all night with nausea. We told Ryan that if he was ill to remain in his room as long as the nausea existed. We took him to the airport later that afternoon for his scheduled flight.”

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:05 pm

Hot Routes 4.20.11 a time for hypotheticals

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Brandon Marshall thinks Ryan Mallett will be an All-Pro.

Norv Turner believes that being at home in three of the first four games will give the Chargers an opportunity to get off to a fast start (for a change).

Click here to see some sloppy touch screen analysis from Michael Irvin.

Ozzie Newsome says the Sergio Kindle story “is not written yet”. (True, but the first few chapters were sure bad.)

Based on 2010 records, the Carolina Panthers have the toughest 2011 schedule in the NFL. (Reason why: they don’t get to play the Carolina Panthers.)

Bengals season ticket holder Dr. Kim Brady will have the honor of announcing the team’s fourth round draft pick this year. (Expect it to be a player with some sort of criminal record.)

Film studying savant Greg Cosell says Jimmy Smith, not Patrick Peterson, is the best cornerback in this year’s draft.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News is incensed that NFL Films had Thursday Night Football’s Bob Papa audition for the play-by-play job he already has.

Cheerleaders aren’t locked out right now, which is why the Titans are holding a tryout next month.

Matt Hasselbeck talks about his status with the Seahawks (predictably, it hasn’t changed since before the lockout).

Michael Vick is visiting the Virginia Tech campus for the first time since his incarceration. (We’re gradually running out of “first time since prison” stories with this guy.)

Da’Quan Bowers says speculation about his knee is wrong.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 4:06 pm

Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

Posted by Andy Benoit

Note: Mallett's agents and the Panthers organization have both issued statements claiming the quarterback was genuinely sick on the morning of April 9. You can read those statements here.


If the sources talking to Brad Briggs of the National Football Post are correct, Ryan Mallett’s draft stock could soon take a serious hit. Briggs says the Arkansas quarterback skipped a pre-draft meeting with the Panthers earR. Mallett (US Presswire)lier this month after a night out on the town in Charlotte. 

Mallett reportedly arrived in town April 8 and met team officials for a dinner that night. There were supposed to be meetings the next day at Bank of America Stadium but they were cancelled after Mallett called the team saying he was sick. The problem? Sources say Mallett was seen out on the town following the late dinner.

Earlier this week there were reports that Mallett had admitted to teams that he has used drugs in the past. Questions about rumored failed drug tests and character concerns have dogged the talented pocket passer throughout the 2011 draft process.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. EST:
Briggs isn't the only one reporting this. Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer says league sources tell him Mallett skipped a meeting with GM Marty Hurney.

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UPDATE 2:20 p.m. EST:
Mallett’s agent, J.R. Carroll has responded. “I’ll tell you this — Ryan was in his hotel room by about 10 o’clock,” Carroll told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via Pro Football Talk.

“I’m pretty sure Ryan was really, really sick. He told me he was sick the night before. And I know Ryan wasn’t out late night. I know that for sure. He’s not an idiot.”

Carroll says Mallett had dinner with Julio Jones the night of April 8 but left early because he did not feel well. He also says Mallett met with Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski the next morning but cancelled the rest of the day’s meetings due to sickness.

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