The New England Patriots have traded quarterback Ryan Mallet to the Houston Texans.
The move means second-round draft choice Jimmy Garoppolo will be New England's backup to two-time MVP Tom Brady. Originally a third-round draft pick from Arkansas, Mallet played four games in three years with the Patriots, completing one pass.
The Patriots picked Garoppolo this year in the second round — the highest Coach Bill Belichick has selected a quarterback in New England. In the preseason, Garoppolo completed 46 of 79 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. Mallet completed 14 of 26 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown.
In Houston, Mallet will move into...