The Houston Texans have no questions about who their starting quarterback is, but the competition for the backup position is still up for grabs heading in to the final preseason game of the season. The battle is between T.J. Yates and Case Keenum and each player has their pros and cons.
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak gave some insight on the competition and made it very clear that the No. 2 spot on the depth chart was still open.
“What I’ll do is I’ll start Case this week,” Kubiak said, via Pro Football Talk. ”They’ll both play a half of football going into this one. Obviously, they’re going to be playing with a bunch of young players, but I think it’s been extremely close. It would be hard to make a decision today. But if I would have to make one, I’d make one.
“I think this game is still important. They’ve continued to get better, each of them, and push each other. I think it’s going to be a good thing for our football team. I’m going to hold off here and let them play this week and then we’ll probably lock in before we go into our total San Diego process which would be the following Thursday. I’m going to let them compete one more week and see how it goes.”
We can expect a heavy dose of Yates and Keenum in the preseason finale so that he can properly evaluate the players.
“It’s time to lean,” Kubiak said. ”First off, they both needed to play a lot. The preseason is so important to your backup quarterback, whoever that is, so they are going to get to play a bunch this week. At the same time, they are going to be playing with a bunch of young players that we’re trying to make decisions on in other areas. I understand that, but I just think they need the experience. We’ll see how they handle it.”
Houston finishes off their preseason on Thursday with a game against the Dallas Cowboys.