The New England Patriots have invested in former third-round quarterback Ryan Mallett well, and we keep hearing talk about how much potential he has and how he is ready to be a starting quarterback for a team in need of one. But despite the speculation and incredibly strong arm, we didn’t see Mallett take the steps we thought he would take last season in terms of decision-making and accuracy. He certainly looked more poised and comfortable with the offense in his second year, but this third offseason in his career is a huge key for Mallett.
ESPN Boston’s Field Yates lauded Mallett for his “fastballs” in yesterday’s OTAs, and Mallett has always been a quarterback who can sling it incredibly hard, especially over the middle of the field. But as Yates wrote in his piece, the key with Mallett is consistency and developing accuracy, and it seems like this is improving as well.
The Patriots have Mallett under contract for two more seasons, but he’s just insurance for Tom Brady and not somebody in a position to be the true successor since Brady’s reign will last until like 2017. However, I have always maintained that the Patriots shouldn’t trade Mallett for less than a second-rounder due to where he was drafted and his development since then. I am hoping that Mallett can “wow” other teams by having a big offseason where he shows better accuracy and decision-making, because the Patriots should deal him for that second-round pick if it does come to them.
Mallett has looked good in OTAs thus far, according to Yates, and it’s great to hear that Yates says Mallett has looked more comfortable. One session isn’t enough to form an opinion on a player at all, but it is encouraging to hear that Mallett continues to look better and is taking steps in the right direction heading into his third season in the NFL.
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