Mallett appeared in just two games in 2017, completing nine of 16 passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns. The two times Mallett was called upon were in extraordinary circumstances: The first came when Baltimore was trailing by a significant margin in a loss to the Jaguars, and the second occurred when starter Joe Flacco was knocked out of Baltimore's win over Miami. He looked competent against the Jaguars, but the garbage time wrinkle makes it tough to extrapolate much from that performance. His role after taking over for Flacco against the Dolphins was primarily to hand off the ball with the Ravens in run-out-the-clock mode. Looking ahead, Mallett is set to hit free agency this offseason and it's unclear whether Baltimore is interested in bringing him back or going in another direction at the backup quarterback spot. It's worth noting that the Ravens could get out of their deal with Flacco after the 2019 season, which opens the possibility of the team spending a draft pick on a developmental signal caller for the future instead of bringing back a pricier veteran such as Mallett. In any case, Mallett's outlook for 2018 will be inking a deal as a backup.
Mallett is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns due to an illness. Mallett was added to the injury report Friday as a limited participant. The 29-year-old seems more likely to suit up than not Sunday, especially since the Ravens don't have a third quarterback on the 53-man roster. The team would likely promote Josh Woodrum from the practice squad to serve as Joe Flacco's backup Sunday if Mallett is trending in the wrong direction over the weekend.
Mallett has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Ravens. Following a competent showing late in the 2015 season, Mallett attempted just six passes in 2016 while serving as the No. 2 quarterback. He figures to reprise his role as Joe Flacco's backup, though it's possible the Ravens could bring in some competition for the job.
Mallett will re-sign with the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. The big-armed quarterback will return to Baltimore behind starter Joe Flacco on the depth chart, though the exact terms of the deal have yet to be officially disclosed. While he won't receive significant playing time under center unless Flacco suffers an injury, he will provide the Ravens with some experience at the backup quarterback position.
Mallett completed six of eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts. Joe Flacco (knee) was held out for a second straight week, allowing Mallett to play the first three drives of Saturday's game. No. 3 quarterback Josh Johnson was also reasonably effective, completing 11 of 16 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, with five carries for another 40 yards. Regardless, there's been no indication that Mallett is in danger of losing the No. 2 quarterback job.
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