Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Even though Ryan Mallett’s completion percentage has been down the last two weeks, he’s still one of the most dangerous passers in the league.
He needs to get a little better with his footwork, a little better with his technique and a little better at making quick decisions with he gets pressure.
You also can’t help but think, though, that Mallett isn’t utilizing a guy who should be one of his best friends in Arkansas' offense.
Junior tight end D.J. Williams.
After leading the Hogs in catches (61), receiving yards (723) and touchdown catches (3) last season, Williams only has 14 catches through seven games this season. He didn’t catch a pass last week in the 30-17 loss to Ole Miss.
And right now, there just doesn’t appear to be much of an on-field connection between Mallett and Williams, which is odd. As good as Williams is at getting open and catching the football, you’d think he’d be the first guy Mallett would look for when he feels pressure.
“We call plays for him, and he’s not getting the ball,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. “It doesn’t seem like the relationship with (Williams) and Ryan is good enough as far as how open he’s going to be or what the timing is going to be when he is open.”
Mallett is completing 52 percent of his passes on the season, but only 39.3 percent in his last two games.