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Texans backup battle goes down to last preseason game, and possibly beyond

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In Houston, coach Gary Kubiak knows his starting quarterback will be Matt Schaub.  But Kubiak still doesn’t know who’ll be Schaub’s primary understudy.

The battle between T.J. Yates and Case Keenum continues into the preseason finale, where Keenum will get the start and the two candidates for No. 2 will each play one half of the game.

“What I’ll do is I’ll start Case this week,” Kubiak told reporters on Monday.  “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.”

Either way, the two candidates are getting close to the finish line.

“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.”

The Texans have been very impressed by Keenum, undrafted in 2012 out of Houston.  As his game develops, some have wondered whether he’ll skip over Yates on the way to leapfrogging Schaub.

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3 Responses to “Texans backup battle goes down to last preseason game, and possibly beyond”
  1. reed20fence says: Aug 26, 2013 7:53 PM

    There are a handful of playoff contending teams whose backup QB situation and battles are extremely important. Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles, KC, Buffalo and Houston all have issues with injury-prone QBs. But only the Redskins, Cowboys and Texans sniff the playoffs so not for nothing are their backup QBs well known.

  2. faaast1 says: Aug 26, 2013 8:08 PM

    Please keep Keenum, and trade Yates to the Chargers. We need him.

  3. metalhead65 says: Aug 26, 2013 8:13 PM

    I am pretty sure the only person wondering if keenum will leapfrog shaub is florio. since he struck out on his vick prediction he has try someone else. but that is not going to happen either. the texans are not going to promote a undrafted free agent over shaub.

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