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Ryan Mallett traded to Houston Texans

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The Texans have a new QB.

Jim Rogash

The Houston Texans have traded for New England QB Ryan Mallett.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ryan Mallett has been traded to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Texans?src=hash">#Texans</a>, source says</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/506131346646130688">August 31, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Confirmed. Ryan Mallett to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Texans?src=hash">#Texans</a> via trade.</p>&mdash; Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/AllbrightNFL/statuses/506133728025124864">August 31, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Confirmed. Ryan Mallett to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Texans?src=hash">#Texans</a> via trade.</p>&mdash; Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/AllbrightNFL/statuses/506133728025124864">August 31, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The compensation for the pick was a 2015 6th round pick according to multiple sources.

Ryan Mallett was touted as a top trade candidate, but his preseason has been mediocre at best. With just a 53.8% completion rate and just one touchdown in all of preseason, Mallett looked to be a prime candidate to get cut.

For comparison, Ryan Fitzpatrick was actually nearly 5% more accurate than Mallett.

While Mallett has more upside, the Texans may not be getting what they are looking for with the former Razorback product. He is a strong-armed player, but his erratic accuracy and decision making may not make him a better option than Ryan Fitzpatrick in the end.