The Houston Texans have four quarterbacks who could potentially start for the team on Week 1, which is about one too many for a team looking ahead to training camp. NFL.com reports that head coach Bill O’Brien isn’t sure how the team can do any of their quarterbacks a service by allowing all four to take reps.
“Anytime you have four, I don’t think it’s easy to divide the reps,” O’Brien said Monday. “I think you can really get three guys reps in a practice, which is basically what we’ve been doing, and I know that’s probably not the easiest thing for those guys.”
That’s always been the mantra with coaches, but few have ever had that problem. Most teams have a starting quarterback, a backup, then a guy scrapping it out for that emergency spot. In the case of the Texans, the team has last year’s non-Matt Schaub QBs, Case Keenum and TJ Yates, along with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tom Savage.
The Texans clearly want to keep the two latter on the roster. Fitzpatrick likely gives them the best chance to win this year and Savage is a rookie whose potential is untapped, as opposed to Keenum and Yates who each struggled at times in Houston’s ghastly 2013 season. That said, Keenum especially did show some bright spots and he might be a tough one to cut as well.
If you were a betting person, you might wager that Yates will be the odd one out with Keenum and Fitzpatrick the serious contenders for starting time while Savage learns the pro offense. Whatever happens in the QB race though, we’ll have you covered.