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Mallett is listed as the second quarterback on the Texans' unofficial depth chart for Week 1, CSN Houston reports.

Mallett, who has thrown just four passes in his three-year NFL career, will be first in line if Ryan Fitzpatrick gets injured or is ineffective.

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The Patriots have traded Mallett to the Texans, NFL.com reports. According to ESPN's Tania Ganguli, the Patriots will receive a sixth-round pick in exchange for the QB.

The move secures Jimmy Garoppolo's position as the Patriots' No. 2 signal-caller behind unquestioned starter Tom Brady, while placing Mallett in the midst of a less stable quarterback situation with Houston. As it stands, Ryan Fitzpatrick is on track to open the season as the Texans' starter, with Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage also currently in the mix. That said, there is presumably an opportunity for Mallett to potentially make his way up the team's depth chart once he is up to speed with the Texans' offense. The acquisition of Mallett probably foreshadows another move at the position by the team, with Keenum a candidate to be the odd man out.

Ryan Mallett QB HOU 21 Days

Mallett remains on the Patriots' 53-man roster following the team's roster cuts announced on Saturday, the Boston Globe reports.

Whether Mallett or Jimmy Garoppolo are viewed as the team's No. 2 QB, neither will possess any fantasy value in re-draft formats as long as starter Tom Brady is healthy. Meanwhile, we suppose that the Patriots could still consider dealing Mallett before the NFL trade deadline, that is, if the right offer comes their way.

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The Patriots are expected to hold Mallett out of their final preseason game on Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Meanwhile, the Boston Herald indicates that Jimmy Garoppolo is in line to start the contest. With Sam Bradford of the Rams having suffered a torn ACL, speculation that the Patriots may consider dealing Mallett in advance of the team's final roster cut-downs has been reignited, so holding the QB out Thursday would make sense in such a scenario. The Herald report further speculates that Mallett could turn into a candidate for release, should the Patriots be inclined to carry just two signal-callers this season. In any case, who will serve as Tom Brady's top backup come Week 1 remains an unsettled situation.

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Mallett completed 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

While top QB Tom Brady started and played in the first two series Friday, he was pulled in favor of Mallett for one series. Both the Boston Globe and ESPN.com suggest that coach Bill Belichick threw Mallett into the game in that fashion in an effort to help him prepare for unexpected situations that may arise during the regular season. Meanwhile, the ESPN report further suggests that the move is likely an indicator that Mallett appears to have retained his status as the Patriots' No. 2 QB over Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Mallett (knee) completed 7-of-11 passes for 92 yards, with a touchdown in Friday's preseason contest against the Eagles. The quarterback also recorded four carries for nine yards, with a six-yard rushing score.

After missing some practice time earlier in the week, Mallett was the third QB (after Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo) to enter the game, and while playing the entire second half Friday, Mallett was able to improve upon his spotty effort in last week's preseason opener. While Mallett's experience in the Patriots' system works in his favor as he tries to hold off Garoppolo, at this stage, his grip on the team's No. 2 QB job now appears less secure than it did heading into training camp.

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Mallett (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Mallett received a maintenance day off Monday to rest his left knee, which he may have tweaked while sliding in New England's preseason opener. Now back in action, Mallett will resume as the Patriots' second-string quarterback moving forward.

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Mallett (knee) did not practice Monday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

The report notes that Mallett, who has been wearing a brace over his left knee, slid awkwardly during this past Thursday's preseason opener, which suggests that the Patriots' backup QB may have tweaked his knee in the process.

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Mallett completed 5-of-12 passes for 55 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Redskins.

Mallett played the entire first half and struggled, while Jimmy Garoppolo was much better after the break. One preseason game probably won't flip the two quarterbacks on New England's depth chart, but the rookie could make a run at the No. 2 role. If Mallett was being auditioned for a potential trade, he did nothing to attract any suitors.

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Mallett is in line to start Thursday's preseason opener against the Redskins, the Boston Herald reports.

The report notes that Mallett (a 2011 third-rounder) has had his best training camp with the Patriots to date, thus solidifying his position as Brady's top backup. With Mallett entering the final year of his rookie contract, and Jimmy Garoppolo now in the team's QB mix, it's conceivable that the team could entertain the notion of dealing Mallett to a quarterback-seeking team at some point down the road, but such a scenario remains highly speculative at this point.