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  • 13 Jun
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ryan Mallett is a second-string quarterback making the most of a second chance.Mallett joined the Ravens in December after being cut two months earlier by Houston. Thrust almost immediately into a starting role, he carried Baltimore to a victory over Pittsburgh before throwing for 292 yards in a loss at Cincinnati.Now that Joe Flacco stands atop the depth chart again following offseason knee surgery, Mallett has returned to the role hes held for much of his career: backup.Im still going to prepare like Im the starter every week, Mallett said after Wednesdays practice. Thats the only way Im going to be ready to go if something happens and my number is called.Flacco started 137 straight games before tearing two ligaments in his left knee on Nov. 22. Until that time, being the Ravens backup quarterback pretty much meant tossing your helmet aside on Sunday and watching from the sideline.Because theres no telling if Flaccos knee can take a pounding in game action, Mallett had better be ready to go.Ive definitely spent more time in the offense. Im a lot more comfortable, Mallett said. Its not just a week of preparation. Ive had a spring now and a summer to prepare myself, and these first two weeks of training camp.Mallett has been nothing but professional since arriving in Baltimore. His tenure with the Texans, on the other hand, will be remembered for his misdeeds.He was late for a practice session and late for the team bus. The Texans finally cut him after he missed the team charter flight for a game in Miami.None of that matters to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.Thats the thing about life, football, whatever. It doesnt end at your first mistake, Harbaugh said. You have a chance, hopefully, to do the right things. To bounce back.The 28-year-old Mallett is eager to move on. Short term, hes focused on facing the Carolina Panthers in Baltimores preseason opener.Im here to play football. Im ready for the season to get started, Mallett said. Im ready for Thursday night.Mallett was drafted in the third round in 2011 by the Patriots, who kept him on the bench behind Tom Brady for three straight seasons. He played in three games with Houston in 2014, starting twice, before bouncing from the Texans to Baltimore last year.Big guy, big arm, really sharp, Ravens quarterbacks coach Marty Morningweg said. Hes had an outstanding camp. He can make some tremendous throws down the field.Mallett has the talent to start. For now, he remains in waiting mode.I wouldnt play if I didnt want to be a starter, Mallett said. Thats not the situation right now. I understand my role on this team and Im going to do that to the best of my ability.With Flacco likely to remain on the sideline Thursday, Mallett will get plenty of playing time leading up to the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against Buffalo.Ryan is a heck of a guy. Hes a hard worker. Hes a pro, Harbaugh said. Its going to be fun to watch him play. As far as a player for us, hes 1-1. Hes .500. Its time for him to win some more games, and hell have a chance to do that for us in the preseason.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Custom Knicks Jerseys .ca NBA Power Rankings, ahead of the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. Custom John Starks Jersey . Its the second straight game Bell has scored in extra time for Kelowna, which beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-5 on Friday, and he now has four game-winning goals on the season. http://www.customknicksjersey.com/custom-allan-houston-jersey-large-249w.html . LUCIE, Fla. Custom Willis Reed Jersey . Schenn scored the game-winning goal and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. Cheap Knicks Jerseys . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career.Neil Lennon is hopeful he can spend the coming weeks on his phone trying to secure loan signings for Bolton if the Football League lifts the clubs transfer embargo. Wanderers hope to announce a consortium fronted by former striker Dean Holdsworth has completed its purchase of the club in the next few days as they look to put an end to their off-field struggles.The Football League this week gave the Sports Shield group conditional approval to press on with a takeover that will see it inject an initial £7.5million, but it will continue to monitor a situation that has had the club up in front of a High Court judge on three occasions since January over unpaid tax. Sports Shields first task will be settling a debt approaching £3million with HM Revenue and Customs before the club turn their attention to lifting a Football League-imposed embargo that has prevented Lennon from signing players since late December.It looks like it will go ahead over the next couple of days, which is obviously great news, Lennon said of the takeoverWe need to get the embargo lifted.dddddddddddd We are looking at players anyway just in case we get the green light.Wanderers are anchored to the foot of the Sky Bet Championship and are 10 points from safety with 10 games remaining.Lennon is desperate to bring in a striker before the loan window closes at the end of this month and sees it as paramount that they can get out of their embargo.Its very important, he added.You just hope its not too late. Time is, again, of the essence. Its taken a long, long time for this to go through. Its been frustrating, Im sure its been frustrating for Dean as well but I think hes got there now.I dont know how much money I have but were making phone calls anyway and trying to touch base with a few clubs just in case. It would be nice to get it ratified, get the embargo lifted and actually use my phone and talk to somebody. Also See: Bolton video Bolton fixtures Bolton stats Bet £5 Get £20 Free ' ' '