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Are the Texans really interested in acquiring Pats QB Ryan Mallett?

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Ryan Mallett has thrown four passes in three seasons. (USATSI)
Ryan Mallett has thrown four passes in three seasons. (USATSI)

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With the Texans holding the No. 1 overall pick, there has been a big debate about which quarterback the team would take in the draft or if it just should go for the glitz and glamour of uber-talented defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

And with the rumors that began to emerge Saturday that Houston might be interested in acquiring Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, what would that mean for the Texans draft plans? And would they really want such an unproven commodity (even if Houston coach Bill O'Brien knows Mallett from his days as the Patriots offensive coordinator)?

Here's what we know: we know very little about Mallett. Except that multiple teams reportedly were interested in him last offseason as well. Whether it's because teams think the Tom Brady magic has rubbed off on him or they believe in him because Bill Belichick seemingly believes in him, Mallett's potential future continues to make headlines.

But he's thrown only a total of four passes in three seasons, and he's completed one of them for 17 yards. He's actually trotted onto the field in only four games to replace Brady. For a former third-round pick who's been in the league since 2011, it'd be difficult to know less about how Mallett would handle a regular-season game.

Which is why it seems odd that anybody would give the Patriots, say, a second-round pick for the rights to Mallett, whose rookie contract is up at the end of the 2014 season anyway. Unless Houston wants to go ahead with the Clowney pick and make Mallett compete with Case Keenum and T.J. Yates for the right to start at quarterback.

Still, that doesn't make much sense to me. Or to a long-serving member of the Texans beat who likens these rumors to the ones involving Matt Cassel.

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