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Patriots make another notable move in sending Ryan Mallett to Texans

On a weekend in which NFL rosters were trimmed and adjusted, the New England Patriots made their second noteworthy transaction of the past few days as they sent quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texas in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2016—according to the first reports by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Having served as Tom Brady’s backup over the past three seasons, Mallett—a third-round selection out of Arkansas in 2011—will undoubtedly get a chance for the starting nod under center in Houston against Ryan Fitzpatrick. And that competition will come under the watchful eye of Bill O’Brien, the Patriots’ offensive coordinator in Mallett’s rookie season and now in his first year as head coach of the Texans.

The likelihood of Mallett being traded increased after the Pats drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round this May. Soon after acquiring Mallett today, the Texans waived their backup, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

New England made even bigger news on Tuesday when the team sent perennial All-Pro guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay—a deal that allegedly angered the man he had help protect for so long.

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