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Old 08-22-2015, 10:10 PM   #1
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Wexler: Mallett, Hoyer do nothing to win starter's job

Opportunity is knocking for Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer. The Texans starting quarterback job is there for the talking. Yet both player are acting like they are too afraid to come to the door. 

Hoyer started the first preseason game and made one very nice throw - a 58 throw and catch to Cecil Short III. In his only series, that was his one play to write home about.

Mallett started Saturday night's preseason game against Denver and continued as he had in his first outing. He had a lot of completions, but not a lot of yards and the offense has scored a grand total of zero points with him running the offense. TO be fair, last week he helped drive the team to the goal line, then watched his running backs get stuffed time and time and time again on a fruitless drive which essentially had the ball taken out of his hands. 

Nonetheless, Mallett went 5-of-7 for 23 yards against the Broncos. That's 3.3 yards per attempt, which in any season, preseason or otherwise is pitiful. He "commanded' two drives on Saturday, both resulted in punts.

Hoyer, must not want to hurt Mallett's chances of being named the starter. He got to control four drives against the Broncos, and like Mallett's drives before him all ended with Texans punts. 

FOr Hoyer working with and against second units, he managed just four first downs on those four drives. Neither had a completion of longer than 13 yards.

Oh and by the way, no Tom Savage does not have a chance to swoop in and take the starter's gig. Even though he has looked good and played well in both games - he is firmly number three on the depth chart.  

Nothing in practice - which I've seen and nothing behind closed doors, which I haven't seen suggests either Hoyer or Mallett really has a leg up in this race. 

Bill O'Brien noted this week that all the stuff behind closed doors, how the quarterbacks in the QB room and how their teammates respond to their leadership is also a non-separating factor. 

"One guy will start. The other guy will back up," Bill O'Brien said once again on Monday. "They both need to be ready to play.”

They may both be ready to play. But ready to play well, that's another thing. 

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