The Houston Texans are currently carrying four quarterbacks: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum. But coach Bill O’Brien has indicated that Houston could trim one of their QBs before training camp.
“Any time you have four … I don’t think it’s easy to divide the reps,” O’Brien said per the Houston Chronicle. “I think you can really get three guys reps in practice, which is basically what we’ve been doing. I know that’s probably not the easiest thing for those guys. But three out of four have been getting reps.”
John McClain expects either Yates or Keenum will be the odd man out if Houston dumps a QB. That’s pretty solid logic by McClain. Fitzpatrick figures to be the starter, considering the two-year deal he just signed. Savage was just drafted and is looked at as a potential QB of the future.
So, Yates and Keenum are the guys with their heads on the chopping block. Both have had some success in the past, but neither is looked at as a valuable commodity in Houston at this point.
If Keenum gets dumped, look for him to be picked up pretty quickly. He did some interesting things in 2013 and would be an intriguing option for a QB-needy team. Yates, I’m not so sure about. He might not get snapped up quite as readily as Keenum. Though, with the scarcity of good QBs around the league, you can never be sure of anything. Even T.J. Yates might have a place somewhere.