Tag:Ryan Mallett
Posted on: March 20, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 4:45 pm

Hot Routes 3.20.11: Light upset with Kraft

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Here’s an update on former Patriots DE Jarvis Green and whether he’s going to continue playing football. Right now, he says he’s “in between.”
  • Should Broncos QB Tim Tebow (or Kyle Orton, for that matter) be worried that Denver’s front office – which holds the No. 2 pick in next month’s NFL draft – is checking out Jake Locker, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Mallett? Maybe, but probably not.

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Posted on: March 18, 2011 6:28 pm

Hot Routes 3.18.11: Waiting for Goodell

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Will Brinson

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  • This actually has nothing to do with the NFL, but a local sports reporter almost got run over by an SUV (backing up, at slow speed) midway through a live report. It's pretty amazing.
  • We absolutely love that former Bengals draft bust Akili Smith is defending former Auburn QB Cam Newton from comparisons that he's similar to, you know, Akili Smith. "I'm nowhere near the athlete that Cam is," Smith told Bengals.com.
  • The South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that Ryan Mallett’s draft status is dropping just like Jimmy Clausen did last year. Unlike Clausen, though, people apparently are concerned with Mallett’s character and personality.
  • The Boston Globe reports TE Alge Crumpler underwent shoulder surgery in late January for a significant injury. No word on if he’ll return to next season at full strength.
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Posted on: March 14, 2011 12:33 pm

Hot Routes 3.14.11: Interest-free loans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The Panthers will get an up-close look at Ryan Mallett on Tuesday when they conduct a private workout for the Arkansas QB. This obviously is big news because Carolina holds the No. 1 pick.
  • Several teams, according to a report in SI (via the Baltimore Sun) , have dropped the name of Colorado CB Jimmy Smith off their draft boards. Plenty of questions about his character.
  • George Whitfield, who’s coaching Cam Newton these days, tells Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington that Newton is so far from a finished product that it’s scary. He also said Newton’s QB model is that of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
  • According to Ravens S/prize fighter Tom Zbikowski, his next fight is set for March 26 in Atlantic City against the dreaded TBA. So far, Zbikowski is 2-0 with two first-round knockouts. Chances are good that, in a couple weeks, he’ll be 3-0 with three knockouts.

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Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:29 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 10:31 am

Charlie Sheen jokes about Ryan Mallett

C. Sheen (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

We tried our best to not take part in the absurd Charlie Sheen hoopla. We really did. We’re an NFL blog.

From an NFL standpoint, avoiding the Sheen topic is easy. But from a blog standpoint, it’s nearly impossible. Our blogger side is getting the better of our NFL side on this one.

So here’s the Sheen story ...

The downward spiraling actor re-appeared on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday and made a joke about Ryan Mallett (we’re waiting to hear back from various scouts and GMs on whether being mocked by Sheen helps or hurts a player’s draft status).

Here’s the exchange between Sheen and Patrick (via National Football Post):

Sheen: "Hey, can you call Ryan Mallett back and tell him that he left his bong, he left his herb, his sensimilla, he left it all at my house," Sheen said with laugh, "and I’m like, 'I'm drug-free – come get this stuff, young man!'"
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Patrick: "He's drug-free, too."

Sheen: "Yeah, I know. It was a big joke. Yeah, yeah yeah ... come on."

Mallett can only hope he develops Sheen’s reputation not for drug use, but for WINNING.

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Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: March 10, 2011 12:06 pm

9 teams schedule private workout with Cam Newton

Posted by Will Brinson

The report on Cam Newton -- our No. 11-ranked NFL Draft prospect -- varies, depending on who you ask. Some people love him, some people hate him. But everyone's interested in potentially drafting him. Which is why there are a reported NINE teams scheduling private workouts with the Auburn quarterback.

That's according to Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald, who lists the following teams as having schedule workouts with Newton: the Panthers (first overall pick), Bills (third), Bengals (fourth), Cardinals (fifth), Browns (sixth), Titans (eighth), Redskins (10th), Vikings (12th) and Seahawks (25th).

So what you have there is a) a nice little list of everyone in the draft who needs a quarterback and b) a perfectly excellent example of just how insanely fluid Newton's draft stock is in 2011.

For instance, he's currently the No. 1 overall pick in both Rob Rang and Chad Reuter's mock drafts, but you don't exactly have to scour the Internet to see him potentially dropping as low as the mid-teens.
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This is one reason why all of these teams are scheduling workouts with Newton -- he's an elite athlete and an interesting talent, but he's also not a stone-cold lock to go in the top-five picks, though it would be surprising to see him fall out of the top 10.

Oh yes, and there's this too: because there's a strong likelihood that there will be a rookie wage scale in place for the 2011 Draft (or, at least, in place for the signing of 2011 draftees), the Panthers top pick is immensely more valuable. People make comparisons of Newton to JaMarcus Russell, but those are a LOT less concerning when an investment in Newton doesn't equate to $60 million guaranteed.

That means that these teams have to see what Cam can do in a private setting and fully determine how much they want to invest in him, because he'll also likely be available via a trade with the Panthers or another team at the top.

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Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 3:15 pm

Mallett's answer about drug test raises eyebrows

Posted by Andy Benoit

Questions about rumored drug use hounded Ryan Mallett at the combine. On Wednesday, the Arkansas quarterback was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show. Patrick asked Mallett very directly if he passed the drug test at the combine.

Ryan Mallett

“Yes sir,” Mallett responded (immediately).

Small problem here. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out, there’s no way Mallett knows yet whether or not he passed the drug test.

Florio writes, “Players who fail the drug test find out about it in April.  Less than two weeks removed from peeing in a cup with 300-plus other incoming rookies and having the contents subjected to testing and analysis and confirmation testing if a preliminary positive is generated, there’s no way Mallett or any other player has received an affirmative “all clear.”

It’s possible Mallett interpreted Patrick’s question differently than the question appears in print. (Maybe Mallett was merely expressing his confidence that he passed the test.) Nevertheless, one thing is clear: Mallett will have to continue to face questions about rumored drug use over the next few weeks.

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Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 7:30 pm

Newton, Mallett pro days in the books

Posted by Andy Benoit
C. Netwon (US Presswire)
The much anticipated pro days for Auburn’s Cam Newton and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett wrapped up Tuesday evening. The reviews? About what you’d expect (if you were expecting to see more of the same from both guys).

Newton struggled somewhat with his accuracy, completing 50 of 60 passes (i.e. 10 incompletions against thin air). To compare, Sam Bradford completed 49 of 50 attempts at his pro day workout. Some of Newton’s incompletions resulted from receiver drops, though there were a handful of balls that were overthrown. CBS’s draft guru, Rob Rang, gave Newton a B.

As for Mallett….he did not impress with his 5.37 forty time, but ask anyone who has ever defended Peyton Manning how important a pocket passing quarterback’s forty time is. Mallett’s arm was the story of his workout. According to NFL.com respected draft expert Bucky Brooks, that story was enticing enough to propel Mallett into the first round.

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Brooks writes:

The junior was absolutely sensational during the workout, and his natural talent is unrivaled in this year’s draft. As a strong-armed passer, Mallett easily makes all of the requisite throws in the pro game. He had little trouble putting the ball on the proper shoulder with velocity and zip. His arm strength, touch and accuracy also stood out on deep throws. His high-arcing throws consistently hit receivers in stride 40-45 yards down field, but he also showed the ability to adjust the arc and trajectory of his throws to match the speed of his intended receiver.

Mallett’s footwork and fundamentals were sound in the pocket, as he quickly sets up and comes to balance following three-, five- or seven-step drops. His natural rhythm comes from his extensive experience running a pro-style attack, and he shouldn’t have any problem transitioning to the next level from a physical standpoint.

There is still a lot of time between now and April 28, so don’t expect Tuesday’s events to be the final piece of evidence in this particular quarterback comparison debate.

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 2:45 pm

Rivera, Elway to see Newton, not Mallett Tuesday

Posted by Andy Benoit

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and Broncos new football czar John Elway will be on hand for Cam Newton’s pro day on Tuesday. Let the rumors start flying.

Rivera’s attendance is not super significant given that the Panthers will have Newton (projected to go No. 1 overall in Rob Rang's latest mock draft) visit their facility at some point. Elway's attendance is more noteworthy given that he seems to have some hesitations about Tim Tebow.

Because Rivera and Elway are attending Newton’s pro day, he won’t get to see Ryan Mallett’s C. Newton (US Presswire)pro day. Auburn and Arkansas pro days are both slated for Tuesday.

Overlapping pro days are problematic because not only will scouts/coaches/front office execs not get to see both players (and thus compare both players), but they could also be tipping their hand to other teams. (If a team sends its GM, head coach and VP of college scouting to Newton’s workout while having its offensive coordinator and regional scouts go to Mallett (projected by Rang to go 12th to the Vikings), which player would you say they’re most interested in?)

Peter King wrote about it in Monday Morning Quarterback.

"Really drives me nuts,'' one top college scout told me Sunday. Not that there aren't going to be conflicts. But to see so many big schools loading up on such a small number of days. Today, one major school (Tulsa) has its Pro Day; next Monday, there are two (Central Michigan, LSU). Thursday, 13 major schools have Pro Days. Who plans this stuff?

I understand coaches and scouts want the weekend off.... And to get to Baton Rouge you'd have to travel on Sunday unless you were flying private. But for nobody to have noticed Mallett and Newton working out on the same day? Not good.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A little planning and coordination could take care of most conflicts. Colleges, of course, are not obligated to make their schedules convenient for the NFL. But it would be beneficial to them if they did. Obviously, the more players a college can get to the NFL, the easier it is for that college to recruit talent. The whole point of a pro day workout is to help get players to the NFL.

It’s not just about the top tier players, either. If Rivera or Elway, for example, were able to attend Mallett’s workout, they’d also get a firsthand look at the rest of Arkansas’ draft prospects. In the very least, that exposure could later be advantageous when it comes to signing undrafted free agents.

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