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Equal reps for all in “wide open” Texans quarterback competition

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In some quarterback competitions, there’s a favorite who has the inside track on the job and, as a result, takes more of the practice reps with the starters than other aspirants.

That’s not the way things are going to go in Houston, where the Texans have four quarterbacks in the mix for the job right now. Coach Bill O’Brien said that his goal is to keep the snaps with the first team and overall even for Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, Tom Savage and T.J. Yates until one of them distances himself from the pack.

“I think initially you have to, in this part of the year, you have to make sure the reps are equal. Then you got to make sure that each guy gets a chance to rep with the starters, or the guys that are running with the first team,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I think that’s important too. So we try to do that, try to make sure we get equal reps, then at some point, whether it’s two weeks from now, three weeks from now, two months from now when we get to training camp, we’ll make a determination on who gets the most reps to get them ready for the game, but we are not there right now. We got to continue to give these guys equal amount of reps and give them a shot.”

Given that description, it’s no surprise that O’Brien called the quarterback race “wide open” at this point in the proceedings. It’s a safe bet that it will remain that way into the summer, if only because splitting reps four-ways forces you to take a longer road to a final evaluation than you’d have with fewer contenders.

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11 Responses to “Equal reps for all in “wide open” Texans quarterback competition”
  1. seabreezes51 says: May 28, 2014 7:56 AM

    Marcus Mariotta will be in the mix too… taking his snaps….
    I predict the wins the competition maybe next year..

  2. qdog112 says: May 28, 2014 7:59 AM

    The battle is between Fitz and Yates. Keenum has proven to be part Colt McCoy, part Johnny Manziel. He is not an option.

    Savage may be a pro QB, in time, but the Texans don’t have time. The core of that team is aging and the window for winning is closing. The argument for Savage, is new coach – new day – clean slate.

    The problem is that veterans are ready to jump ship.

  3. clintblairjr says: May 28, 2014 8:14 AM

    Finally a coach that gets it! Competition is the key to success! AJ better get to work or he may not be starting in week 1!

  4. orecic76 says: May 28, 2014 8:23 AM

    Being a loyal JAGS fan I hope they all look terrible!

  5. aurelh23 says: May 28, 2014 8:24 AM

    All these guys can throw the ball (exception of Yates), it just depends on the kind of offense O’Brien wants to run.

    Keenum should be the starter though.

  6. robert831 says: May 28, 2014 10:27 AM

    Case Keenum should start, backed up by Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Tom Savage as 3rd string developmental QB.

  7. dreamshk34 says: May 28, 2014 12:33 PM

    I really hope Keenum can prove he’s the guy for the job..GOOO TEXANS!!!

  8. surfinbird1 says: May 28, 2014 1:59 PM

    Tebow just boarded a plane for Houston.

  9. txtuff says: May 28, 2014 4:04 PM

    Why do people think Keenum should get the starting job? He had it for half the season last year and couldn’t even win one game! After his first couple starts that gave other teams film on him he just keep going down hill.

  10. NakedCowboy! says: May 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    Well… atleast they can put a lot of pressure on opposing QBs now.

  11. texansdan says: May 28, 2014 9:48 PM

    I’m interested to see what Fitz can do with a better team around him–I don’t think he’s really had a chance like this. My money’s on Fitz getting the start. I can’t figure out whether Yates or Keenum will get cut…even when things were tanking last year with Keenum, they never went to Yates, which was interesting.

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