Aug 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans helmet on the sidelines against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Vikings 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans say quarterback competition ‘wide open’

The Houston Texans were hoping to come out of free agency and the NFL draft with a presumed starting quarterback.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case as the Texans decided to fulfill other needs in the draft before they selected Tom Savage in the later rounds.

Unlikely to be ready to start (or be a franchise quarterback), the Texans aren’t going to rush him into a starting position though he’ll seemingly have an opportunity, along with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, and T.J. Yates as the Texans say the competition for the starting gig is ‘wide open‘.

First-year coach Bill O’Brien said the team will eventually make a decision about its quarterback situation, which will affect repetitions during training camp. But as of Tuesday, the race for the starter spot remains “wide open.”

Neither Case Keenum nor T.J. Yates have given any indication that they’re anything more than a backup quarterback in the NFL while Fitzpatrick, who at times has had mild individual success, doesn’t exactly breed confidence either. That said, he’s likely the most talented of the group (at least currently) and has the most experience, so he seems to be the early favorite if one were to be picked.

Regardless, the Texans figure to rely heavily on Arian Foster and the rushing attack this season as none of the Texans options at quarterback are high quality.

As for the fans, they appear to favor Keenum as a poll on the Houston Chronicle’s website has Keenum as the fan favorite for the job, bringing home 52 percent of the vote. Fitzpatrick is second with 32 percent.

Tags: Case Keenum Houston Texans Ryan Fitzpatrick Tom Savage

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