Mallett played the entire first half of Thursday's preseason opener against Washington, completing nine of 18 passes for 58 yards.
The Ravens still jumped out to a 13-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a dominant performance from their own defense combined with some untimely penalties by the opposing defense. Mallett's poor showing will only add to the whispers that Baltimore is interested in acquiring a better backup, even though the team hopes Joe Flacco (back) will be ready at some point this preseason.
Mallett will get the start in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins and is expected to also see significant playing time, Garrett Downing of the team's official site reports. "I think Ryan will probably play pretty extensively. How much that ends up being will be determined...It's an opportunity for Ryan to get ready," said coach John Harbaugh.
With Joe Flacco still nursing a back injury, Mallett will work with the first-team offense in Thursday's exhibition. Mallett has reportedly had an up-and-down camp to this point, so the pressure will be on him to perform well Thursday in order to convince the Ravens' brass that he is capable of handling the offense if Flacco's injury continues to linger. According to Downing, Mallett will also work with the second-team offense Thursday, so there's a chance he'll play the entire first half against the Redskins.
Following a competent showing late in the 2015 season, Mallett attempted just six passes in 2016 while serving as the No. 2 quarterback throughout the year. He figures to reprise his role as Joe Flacco's backup, though it is possible the Ravens could bring in some competition for the job.
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 3-of-6 passes for 26 yards and one interception across four appearances in 2016.
With Joe Flacco staying healthy for the 2016 campaign, Mallett rarely saw any playing time this season. His longest appearance lasted 13 snaps in Week 13 during a blowout win over the Dolphins, but he only attempted three passes in that outing. Mallett is set to hit free agency this offseason, but the Ravens could retain him in order to keep a backup with some starting experience on the roster behind Flacco.
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