Houston — Ryan Mallett was still seething on Tuesday, a day after Brian Hoyer (Michigan State) beat him out to earn Houston’s starting quarterback job.
“Am I disappointed? Yeah. Angry? Little bit,” Mallett said. “Thought I did enough to deserve the job. But it was not seen that way so I’ll do what’s best for the team.”
Coach Bill O’Brien, who announced the decision on Monday, said he wouldn’t expect Mallett to be happy about losing the job.
“When you name a starter and the other guy happens to be the No. 2 guy, that guy’s not going to be happy. Especially if he’s a competitor,” O’Brien said. “That’s what you want. You don’t want a guy jumping around doing back-springs when he gets named the backup.”
The Texans played four quarterbacks last season because of injuries. Mallett, who started two games last season before a season-ending pectoral injury, thinks he’ll get a chance to play.
“I’m just going to wait until my turn gets called,” Mallett said. “At some point it’s going to happen this year.”
Mallett, who began his college career in Michigan, had just finished practice when he spoke on Tuesday. His hulking 6-foot-6 frame looked tense as he grabbed the sides of the podium as he spoke.
“I thought I had a pretty good camp,” he said. “I thought I was consistent in my completion percentage every day. Didn’t turn the ball over. Three incompletions so far in the preseason so I thought I was playing all right.”
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Former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess (hamstring) did not practice for the Panthers.