New England Patriots backup Ryan Mallett certainly has one cannon of an arm, and he’s probably at his best when he’s allowed to gun it. Obviously you can’t make a living out of throwing the ball long on every play in this league, but reigning in Mallett has been difficult. At times this offseason, he’s underthrown intermediate throws out of fear of overshooting his target. Mallett is one of those quarterbacks who can make an incredible “wow” throw, and I thought his 40-yard touchdown pass to Josh Boyce qualified as one of those passes. He launched a perfect lob to Boyce right in the end zone behind the coverage, and it was interesting to listen to his thoughts on throw.
“I mean, Josh ran a great route. I wasn’t even looking to his side at first. The coverage took me over there and he went and made a great play. I had all day to throw the ball, so you couldn’t ask for [more]. It couldn’t have been drawn up better than that. ”
That’s a pretty humble answer from Mallett, but it isn’t inaccurate. He did have plenty of time to make the throw, and Boyce did show excellent wheels and route-running on that play. Boyce has 4.4 speed, and he also scored very high on the Wonderlic, thus neither traits come as a surprise with Boyce. It was a coming-out party for the fourth-round rookie, and that touchdown catch was the highlight of the night for both Mallet and Boyce.
Later on during the press conference, Mallett added that he wasn’t worried about overthrowing Boyce, and he was actually afraid that he didn’t throw it hard enough. Why? Boyce is simply that fast.