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Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

Posted on: April 20, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 4:06 pm
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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Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:53 pm

Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

   If I were a GM, I wouldn't touch him untill the 5th round....and only then because 5th rounders usually don't make the roster.
If he can't get it together now - with all these millions at stake, how will he be aft6er he signs his rookie contract?

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:50 pm

Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

This goes to show you how reliable he will be when he gets into the NFL!

Can you say Ryan Leaf all over again?

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:47 pm

Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

Didn't Brian Brohm learn Petrino's offense in college?  How did that work out for him in the NFL?  He is another 2nd round bust.  Mallet has NFL skills, but he has a JaMarcus Russell/Ryan Leaf head.  Will he mature?  With all of his talent, someone will surely think so. 

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:46 pm

Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

There has been a significant amount of smoke around this guy for quite some time now and if you are unable to keep your nose clean for a hand full of months leading up to a potentially huge payday......well, buyer beware. I would not touch him if I was a GM, certainly not in the first round.  

Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:39 pm

Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

It would be a shame if this were true.  I was so high on Ryan Mallett, I honestly think he has the best tools and football smarts of any quarterback in this draft, but he just can't seem to grow up.  This is supposed to be the leader of your team, and I just don't think he is mentally ready to handle that.  Maybe a team with a mature coach and a mature experienced QB to learn behind would be what was best for Mallett.  To be drafted by a team and have to play in his rookie season I think would be detrimental to Mallett and the team that takes him.

Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:36 pm

Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

Mallet has already learned a NFL offense. Petrino has coached NFL his playbook comes from the NFL. You have to be mentally tough to take all the crap that the media has said about him and not come back with a statement of your own. I can guarantee you guys when its all over and done Mallet will go in the top 15 of the draft. His talent and what he has done on the field will speak louder than all these false accusations.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:34 pm
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Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:31 pm

Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

Knowing that Mallet can't say no to booze, Panthers fans were feeding him shots because they don't want him. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:28 pm

Report: Mallett spurns Panthers after night out

I know that the SEC has won the majority of championships in the last 10 years, but that is more a testament of the coverage they get as opposed to them being a really great conference. If they SEC is so great then how there are no great SEC players currently playing in the NFL? Darren McFadden was an explosive runner with Arkansas and he their was endless hype surrounding him. JaMarcus Russell led LSU to a championship and look at him now! I'm not saying SEC players are overrated athletes, but I am saying that there clearly is no dominant conference in college football. If other conferences were given as much press as the SEC has been given I'm sure they would have teams that are always ranked in the top 10 annually.

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:26 pm


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