Mal­lett’s day not one for high­light reel

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Com­piled by Ja­son Yates

Joe Flacco’s balky back has the Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back on the shelf for now, and when he’ll be ready to go is any­body’s guess.

Flacco’s un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion seems like a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for backup Ryan Mal­lett (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) to af­firm his stand­ing as the team’s No. 2, and maybe play an even more es­sen­tial role if Flacco can’t go in the sea­son opener.

If Mal­lett’s per­for­mance thus far in camp is any in­di­ca­tion, he’s more likely to get cut than take the first snaps of the sea­son.

Mal­lett took most of the first­team snaps with Bal­ti­more’s of­fense on Fri­day, and ap­par­ently, it was a to­tal dis­as­ter.

Mal­lett’s melt­down was doc­u­mented by ESPN re­porter Jami­son Hens­ley, who noted Mal­lett threw “at least” five in­ter­cep­tions dur­ing prac­tice. Think about that for a sec­ond: Hens­ley used the words “at least,” which means Mal­lett threw so many in­ter­cep­tions that there might have ac­tu­ally been more that Hens­ley didn’t see.

Two more passes were re­ported to have been near in­ter­cep­tions.

At one point, things got so bad that line­backer Ter­rell Suggs started trash-talk­ing of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Marty Morn­hin­weg.

“Hey Marty, tell Mal­lett to throw to the guys wear­ing the pur­ple jer­seys,” said Suggs, re­fer­ring to the of­fense.

Mal­lett waved the prover­bial white flag by throw­ing his towel in the air af­ter his fifth in­ter­cep­tion.

The fact that Mal­lett once lost his start­ing quar­ter­back job in Hous­ton be­cause he over­slept and missed prac­tice be­comes less sur­pris­ing by the day.

If Flacco’s back in­jury ends up be­ing se­ri­ous and Mal­lett can’t shoul­der the load, the Ravens re­ported in­ter­est in Colin Kaeper­nick might be ratch­eted up. Los­ing a job to the NFL’s poster child for be­ing shunned would not be a good en­try on Mal­lett’s re­sume.

AP/PATRICK SEMANSKY

Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back Ryan

Mal­lett, who has a chance to es­tab­lish him­self as the Ravens’ No. 1 while Joe Flacco is out with a back in­jury, ap­pears to be blow­ing his op­por­tu­nity, ac­cord­ing to one ob­server.

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