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Ryan Mallett made Houston Texans starting QB

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The Houston Texans brought in Ryan Mallett earlier in the season from the New England Patriots for practically nothing. 

Mallett was expected to become the starter pretty much straight away, which didn't happen with the current incumbent Ryan Fitzpatrick playing a bit better than people actually expected from him.

But now, over two months after giving up a conditional seventh round pick to land the Pats backup, Bill O'Brien is finally giving Mallett the chance to lead the Texans offense.

"We're going to give him his shot to play."

"Watching Ryan [Mallett] in practice every day, I believe it's gotten better and better," said O'Brien, who told both quarterbacks of the news early Wednesday morning.

"His huddle command, his knowledge of the offense, he's been in this system for four years. ... I think he's made a lot of progress whereas he's never played in a game or hasn't had many reps in a game.

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The move has been talked about for weeks and comes as no surprise, as O’Brien has long been a fan of Mallett’s. The two of them worked together in New England, when O’Brien was the Patriots’ offensive coordinator.

The Texans are on a bye this week which allows Mallett to get even more practice in with the 1st string offense before making his first start against the Browns in Cleveland.

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