In blowouts and what not. If game 16 has no playoff implications and the Pat's dont have a bye, start Mallett. (I say if they don't have a bye because I think two weeks off for Brady would be too much)
Rookie QBs these days have proven that the rookie curve for QBs is much smaller than it was even five years ago.
Sure, Luck and Griffin are great. But I am surprised at how well Tannehill, Weeden, and even Russell Wilson have played. Yes, I put Weeden in there despite his numbers. He's played well for someone who plays for the Browns.
I wasn't a fan of Locker coming out of college because of his inaccuracy, but he was throwing 60%+ before getting hurt. Even Blaine Gabbert has made strides from his rookie season. Last three weeks have been a struggle for Ponder, but he's still leading an above .500 team and has decent numbers.
By all estimates, Ryan Mallet should be a capable starting QB by now. College football better prepares QBs for the NFL now than before. The Patriots have a better offense than anything these rookie and second year QBs are running with. If you can play Mallet for a game, he should be able to put up decent numbers.
Showcase Mallett, and then TRADE HIM. After this season, he'll still have two years left of his rookie deal. He will have had two years under Brady and Belichick and one under supposed offensive genius, "McDaniels". He'll be 25 after this year.
By now, he should be as good as a QBs who are projected with mid 1st round grades in this coming draft. A team like the Arizona Cardinals seem good enough to play their way out of the top 10. They also have huge needs as Oline. They seem like a prime prospect to draft their biggest need (oline) in the first round and can trade a 2nd for Mallett.
However, you can trade Mallett unless you show him off. If you wait till next preseason, you pretty much lose a year