Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will start against the Carolina Panthers this weekend, according to sources.
Ian Rapoport tweeted that the AFC South team has decided to start the quarterback ahead of Brian Hoyer in their week two match up against the Panthers.
The Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien had said it was a close competition for the starting job during preseason training camp, and now it looks like they're ready to give Mallett his opportunity in a regular season game.
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Hoyer struggled and only lasted three quarters of the game for the Texans 20-27 in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Mallett replaced him in the fourth and helped the team score 11 points, more than what the former Cleveland Browns quarterback was able to do.
Mallet was able to connect with his receivers when he entered the field, completing eight of his 13 throws. Hoyer on the other hand, had an abysmal display, only completing 18 of his 34 throws.
It took Hoyer three quarters to throw for 236 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while Mallett was able to throw for 98 yards and one touchdown in a single quarter. Both of their touchdowns went to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
The Texans probably wouldn't have won the game if they had started Mallett ahead of Hoyer, as the Chiefs were active on both offense and defense.
However, giving the 27-year-old the opportunity to play an entire regular season will provide a good evaluation of who should be their starting quarterback moving forward.