Ryan Mallett Named Houston Texans Starting Quarterback

While the Texans coaching staff are staying mum on any concrete decisions, many media outlets are reporting that Ryan Mallett has been named the Houston Texans starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Brian Hoyer was named the starter week one after a close preseason battle between the two. Mallett was pretty outspoken about how he felt about the decision. Mallett vented his frustration at a media conference, saying “’I’m disappointed. I don’t agree with it, but it’s for the best of the team, so I’m just going to wait till my turn gets called, and I mean at some point, it’s going to happen this year”. I guess he was right, though his opportunity has come quicker than even he imagined.

Hoyer failed to impress week one against the Kansas City Chiefs. He fumbled once, threw for 236 yards, had one touchdown, and one interception. Under his leadership the team managed only ten points in almost four quarters. Mallett was subbed in late in the fourth quarter where he managed to pass for 98 yards, including one touchdown. With him at the helm, the Texans were able to score twice, and almost rally back to beat the chiefs. It wasn’t just Mallet that looked good. With Mallett under center, primary receiver DeAndre Hopkins was finally able to shine, and the offense was finally able to get into a groove.

So what does this mean for the Texans? And what does it mean for fantasy players? I think that in both cases the answer is the same. Every player should see a boost in production with Mallett holding the reins, both on the field and in fantasy scoring. While I wouldn’t rush out just yet to claim Mallett off the waiver wire, I’m excited to see what he can bring to the Texans offense, and with the Houston Texans rushing game stalled due to the loss of running back Arian Foster, there should be plenty of passing action.  I listed wide receiver Nate Washington as one of my targets for the week two waiver wire, and I’m sticking by my guns. I think both Hopkins and Washington should see double digit points against the Carolina Panthers defense.

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Terrelle Pryor: The Browns ‘Big Mistake’

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsEven though Pryor made the cut for The Cleveland Browns, he was later waived in favor of running back Robert Turbin from the Seattle Seahawks. Pryor, who previously was listed as a quarterback, this season made the switch to wide receiver. What’s interesting to me, is that even though listed as a receiver, Pryor failed to record a single catch or target during the preseason. In fact, he was used more rushing, recording nine yards on two attempts. Pryor seems to have a lot going for him on paper. He towers over supposed started Andrew Hawkins at 6’4″, and has at least two inches over the remaining wide receivers. He carries a little more weight, but I believe this translates more to his strength than being flabby. His size and speed (Pryor ran a 4.38 40) would make him a prime endzone threat. Last season, The Browns only recorded 12 passing touchdowns. Almost half the NFL average. So obviously they could use the receiving target. And yet Pryor was passed over.

The Browns have also notoriously struggled at quarterback. They have officially named Josh McCown as the starter behind off field bad boy, Johnny Manziel. McCown has yet to play a full season, and has only broken 200 pass attempts once in his 12 seasons. Pryor could have provided a little insurance to a battle weary team for a very cheap roster spot.

The Browns offensively seem to be struggling on all sides, and the addition of a running back makes sense. (In a weird twist, Pryor’s rushing average is higher than Turbins) But the fact that they deemed Turbins contribution to the team, stronger than Pryor’s leave some scratching their heads.

While it seem The Browns didn’t know what to do with Pryor, his football hopes are still alive. Two teams will work out Pryor in the coming week as a receiver. If a team could harness his strengths they could end up with a steal. The Browns may have made a huge mistake in cutting Pryor. I guess we’ll just have to see.

The latest in the Tebow Saga.

I’m a huge Tim Tebow fan. I’m not going to apologize. I like him as a person, he’s cute as a button, and he’s an exciting player to watch. #sorrynotsorry

With that preamble we are now counting down to the roster cut deadline and there are a lot of rumblings about Tim Tebow’s status with The Eagles. I’m going to lead you through a quick recap.

The Stats

Tebow definitely made the most of his final NFL showing. His final stats included going 11 for 17 in passing for a total of 189 yards, 32 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The single interception was thrown on fourth down. When asked if he regretted the interception, Tebow replied that he didn’t. Instead he chalked it up to a tough fourth and long situation. His performance far surpassed that of fellow Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley’s final stats were, 4 for 9 in passing attempts for a total of 45 yards, and 1 interception. But one game can’t make or break Tebow’s chances. Let’s take a look at the preseason total stats for The Eagle quarterbacks.

Quarterback Attempts Completions Yards Yards per Attempt TD INT Rating
Sam Bradford 15 13 156 10.4 3 0 149.6
Mark Sanchez 46 29 320 7 3 0 105.3
Matt Barkley 52 27 351 6.8 0 2 57.5
Tim Tebow 36 21 286 7.9 2 1 90.7

As you can see, Tebow outperformed Barkely in completion percentage, YPA, touchdowns, interceptions, and rating.

The Rumors

The latest is that Barkley has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000521959/article/matt-barkley-traded-to-arizona-cardinals

This is good news for Tebow fans and all signs point to this deal being legit. If Barkley is traded to The Cardinals it’s a pretty good indication that Tebow will remain after the final roster cuts.

There has also been news that that The Eagles are interested in acquiring Robert Griffin III from the Washington Redskins, as well as rumors that Tebow is supposedly on his way of of Philly. So we’ll see what the future holds. However, the future is looking bright for those of us rooting for Tebow.

http://www.oregonlive.com/nfl/index.ssf/2015/09/chip_kelly_eagles_interested_i.html

http://www.tmz.com/2015/09/04/tim-tebow-reportedly-spotted-at-airport-eagles-mum-on-status/

*stats from NFL.com