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08:08 AM ET 07.05 | Ryan Mallett, by all accounts, is doing his best to shed criticisms of his character -- along with some weight. When Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino crossed paths with [Mallett] earlier this spring, he couldn't believe his former pupil's conditioning level. Mallett looked lean, almost skinny, and Petrino knew it was a good sign. Keep in mind, Petrino has been a longtime supporter of Mallett, who was drafted by the Patriots in the third round last year. The coach didn't understand his free fall in the draft. ... "Obviously, I think he's matured a ton, and I think that happened a lot while he was here. I think his upside is going to be very, very high. He's just got to hang in there and keep learning."

Boston Herald

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July 5, 2012  08:15 AM ET

Now there's one coach with rose-colored glasses. He fell for a variety of issues but he was a good pick where he went.

July 5, 2012  08:22 AM ET
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Now there's one coach with rose-colored glasses. He fell for a variety of issues but he was a good pick where he went.

Isn't that always the case though? Oops, I do recall Pete Carroll saying that Sanchez wasn't NFL ready.

July 5, 2012  08:27 AM ET

It's an ideal situation for a young quarterback. No pressure to perform, and great coaching to help him develop.

One or two guys a year are NFL-ready, and even they would do better with a year or two to learn the ropes.

And then, there's Blaine Gabbert.

July 5, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Is Paul Petrino STILL with Arkansas? I thought he'd follow his daddy.

July 5, 2012  08:30 AM ET
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It's an ideal situation for a young quarterback. No pressure to perform, and great coaching to help him develop.One or two guys a year are NFL-ready, and even they would do better with a year or two to learn the ropes.And then, there's Blaine Gabbert.

Hey DD, you're right about that. Not a bad spot to learn. I think he's appreciating the opportunity to develop behind someone like Brady as opposed to getting thrown into the fire. Everyone these days is looking for the kid to start right away and potentially hurting their development rather than the idea of developing them.

July 5, 2012  08:37 AM ET
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Everyone these days is looking for the kid to start right away and potentially hurting their development rather than the idea of developing them.

There aren't enough quarterbacks to go around.

July 5, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

...And then, there's Blaine Gabbert.

Kid might have been able to succeed... but we will never know.

July 5, 2012  08:46 AM ET

If he works Hard and listens to his coaches he probably will succed, they got a Gretchen System!

July 5, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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If he works Hard and listens to his coaches he probably will succed, they got a Gretchen System!

Great!

July 5, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

If he works Hard and listens to his coaches he probably will succed, they got a Gretchen System!

I don't know about a Gretchen system; maybe a Giselle one though.

July 5, 2012  09:01 AM ET

An actual picture of the guy the thread is about! Wow.

July 5, 2012  09:06 AM ET

All the kid has to to do is hang on for 4-5 more years and the job is his.

July 5, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Isn't that always the case though? Oops, I do recall Pete Carroll saying that Sanchez wasn't NFL ready.

and he's still not.

July 5, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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All the kid has to to do is hang on for 4-5 more years and the job is his.

at the rate Brady and the Mrs are popping out kids, might be sooner.

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July 5, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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This kid will be solid trade bait for QB needy teams in the near future... coming into last years draft he was the one QB NFL ready to start for any team according to scouts....It's a shame his character issues forced him so far down the board costing him some $$$

He'll end up better than JaWalrus Russell. He may already have a higher net worth.

July 5, 2012  11:00 AM ET

He can fit into his uniform. That's already more value than Russell.

July 5, 2012  11:49 AM ET
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All the kid has to to do is hang on for 4-5 more years and the job is his.

Well, let's say the job may be his to lose in a few years, or sooner if Tom gets hurt again.
If the kid has good advisors they will tell him to understudy the best QB in the NFL for a couple of more years and then be ready for a big contract, and/or being traded as Cassel was to Kansas City, with a big payday.
Bill B. won't let him go if he sees the potential to be Tom's successor.

 
July 5, 2012  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I don't know about a Gretchen system; maybe a Giselle one though.

Nice.

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