Mallett’s day not one for highlight reel
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.
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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.