OWINGS MILLS – The Texans became so frustrated with Ryan Mallett’s behavior that they cut him. Mallet says he understands, and will bring a different attitude to the Ravens.
“It’s been a tough road, but it’s part of life,” Mallet said Wednesday, after his first practice with the Ravens. “I’ve grown up a lot. I acted immaturely some games in Houston. There was reasons for that, but it’s not going to be discussed right now… The best thing probably was for me to get cut. I’ve learned a lot from it. It cut me down. A piece of humble pie but it digested real quickly. I’m just here to try and be a good teammate and contribute any way I can for the Ravens.”
The newly-acquired quarterback is with his third NFL team, but the Ravens believe they can tap into the talent that makes Mallett an intriguing prospect. Mallett has a strong arm, size (6-foot-6), and he is still only 27 years old. With the Ravens searching for a reliable backup quarterback behind Joe Flacco next season, Mallett is now in the mix in Baltimore, trying to resurrect his career.
With the Texans earlier this season, Mallett became a distraction. He missed a meeting the day after being informed he had lost his battle with Brian Hoyer for the starting job. Then he missed a team flight to Miami, and he was cut the day after that game.
Instead of seizing a chance to be a starter in Houston, Mallet squandered it. Yet, he is not ready to be labeled a disappointment.
“I’m not disappointed,” Mallet said. “I’m still in the NFL, living a dream. I got a lot to prove, and a lot to get better at.”
The Ravens have given Mallett another chance to do that.
“It’s a great organization,” Mallett said. “There’s a good staff here, good ownership, good leadership on this team. I had a few options. I chose to come here, regardless of situations other places, because of that.”