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Texans give Case Keenum snaps with the starters

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Maybe since the Texans aren’t going to chase after Brian Hoyer, they’re going to look at their own stable of backup quarterbacks for a starter.

According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com, Case Keenum took reps with the starters in practice today for the first time. Ryan Fitzpatrick resumed his role with the starters later in practice.

Two thoughts: 1) It might not mean anything, and 2) Why not?

The Texans had to have realized this was going to be a bit of a mess this year, so Tom Savage will eventually get a shot, I’m sure.

Between the lot of them, or some future quarterback to be determined, they have to get through the next 16 regular season games. At that point, they have to find a real answer at the position, at least so they can look Andre Johnson in the eye and tell him they’re not rebuilding.

Again.

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28 Responses to “Texans give Case Keenum snaps with the starters”
  1. seanmmartin says: Aug 14, 2014 11:18 AM

    Andre Johnson wanted Keenum to start last year. You reported it yourself. Surprised you haven’t mentioned that.

    And Keenum has looked three times as good as Fitzpatrick so far today.

  2. gayforbrady says: Aug 14, 2014 11:24 AM

    What good is Andre Johnson if no one can get him the ball.

    If you can’t score in pre season how do you expect to score in the regular season?

    Just trade Johnson for Ryan Mallet and ask for a first round pick if the pats win the super bowl and a second round if anything short of that.

    That’s a pretty fair trade.

  3. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 14, 2014 11:27 AM

    Texans should trade for either Kirk Cousins or Hoyer… but neither will be cheap

  4. kemp13 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:34 AM

    Keenum proved last year that he isn’t an NFL starter. Of course, after the first exhibition game O’Brien might be pressing the panic button – that team looked sickly poor.

  5. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 14, 2014 11:39 AM

    Great, I just dropped Keenum from my keeper league. Picked him up as scrub last year to fill in for a buy week. Sounds like he may be filling in a lot more this year for the Texans. Pickup Josh Freeman, he’s worth a look.

  6. brianc34 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:53 AM

    As a UH grad and a fan of Keenum, he had highs and lows last year. If you think any great QB looked any different than that their first time starting then you are kidding yourself. I’d give him a shot. If it looks like the lows last year for most if the season then I think we know Keenums future. I’m not lookif through red colored glasses here. But after some of his better TD passes last year, I’d give him an extended look this year with a better line protecting him and with foster taking some heat off.

  7. jbcommonsense says: Aug 14, 2014 11:55 AM

    The Redskins would trade Cousins for a 3rd or 4th round pick.

  8. kcflake says: Aug 14, 2014 12:17 PM

    Keenum looked Good against the Chiefs last year in KC. Of course Hali/Houston Gang Sacked him, but he looked pretty good. I was surprised the Texans didn’t stick with him longer. It wasn’t like they were going to the playoffs anyway last year.

  9. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 14, 2014 12:23 PM

    no the Redskins would not trade Cousins for a 3rd and/or 4th rd pick; Redskins not anxious to give him up and would require much more

  10. slurve26 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:30 PM

    Mallet looked horrible. Worse than Case. A Mallet trade for Andre would be the worst trade of all time

  11. jwaggen says: Aug 14, 2014 12:33 PM

    Keenum was a first year starter last year and did not have Brian Cushing, Daniel Manning, Arian Foster, etc. etc. etc. but all the loaases were his fault. Defenses pinned their ears back because we had no running game, but all the losses were his fault. Yeah, that seems fair. I wonder how Tom Brady or Peyton Manning would have done their first years under those circumstances? I’m sure they would have won most of those games. Yeah, Right.

  12. bassplucker says: Aug 14, 2014 12:39 PM

    Either Jordan Palmer or Jimmy Clausen will be let go by the Bears in a few weeks. Most likely Palmer at this point, but either of them would be better than any QB on the Texans roster.

  13. zoxitic says: Aug 14, 2014 12:43 PM

    Henne will be available in the near future.

    “Bulls on decay”

  14. dalcow4 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:50 PM

    Sep 14 week 2

    Texans vs Raiders for the #1 pick in the 2015 draft

  15. lightofkolob says: Aug 14, 2014 12:53 PM

    why didn’t they take a shot at Michael Vick?

  16. mdp44 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:24 PM

    I wish patriots fans would shut up already about getting Andre, not gonna happen. And we don’t want Mallet either. You can keep him.

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 14, 2014 1:33 PM

    Texans are terrible. Why’d they draft a QB? McNair knows everything, man Case Keenum is the future! Pathetic. I’d sit out, too if I was Andre Johnson.

  18. vambomarble says: Aug 14, 2014 2:09 PM

    People!
    Most of Andre’s touchdowns were thrown by Keenum. Keenum got progressively worse because Kubiak was “coaching him up” every week to look like Schaub… and only throw to people that are “wide ass open”. Does anybody remember Andre saying about Keenum… “he threw me open”.

  19. wolfiereasonedlife says: Aug 14, 2014 2:15 PM

    I’m normally against every player that holds out that is under contract but in this case I get why Andre Johnson was doing it.

  20. nyestrovic says: Aug 14, 2014 2:52 PM

    I don’t know…as other commenters have posted, Case had a bit of a raw deal last year..by the time Case came in, we had a ton of injured starters and a gimpy starting RB that only played because he wanted to put up stats to get a new contract. The team had called it quits pretty much, and Kubiak didn’t have time to install an offense that was suitable to Case’s skillset. Were that the case even, I doubt they would have done very well. But they put up a fight against some quality teams like Seattle and KC. Coulda shoulda won type deal. Our Defense was crap, our O-Line couldn’t stop anyone…even Duane was gimpy and not as effective as he normally was. The right side was a hologram, Wade Smith was ineffective and gimpy, and even Myers struggled because the entire line was garbage. No running game, no defense, no offensive line…I don’t think last year proved squat about his potential as a starter or being a successful NFL QB. As the year progressed he got Antsy from being harried as much as he was and got worse and worse. Give him a healthy squad and see what he can do. I don’t think last year had any meaning or value whatsoever as far as evaluating him as a QB in the Niffle.

  21. ajh1019 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:20 PM

    When did it become news worthy that second string guys take first string snaps? Guys get hurt in the season teams like to give guys first string reps so they aren’t complete strangers with those guys if someone gets hurt. Also add in the fact that Fitzpatrick is far from guaranteed to keep his starting job at any point this year and it’s even less of a stretch to assume that they want Keenum and even Savage to be ready to go with the starters if you pull that trigger.

  22. omeimontis says: Aug 14, 2014 4:37 PM

    The quarterbacks on the Texans’ roster are going to make people forget names like Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel, quarterbacks they had a chance to draft but didn’t.

  23. crappygovernment says: Aug 14, 2014 5:03 PM

    Tebow time = Texans become America’s Team

  24. bluenose1965 says: Aug 14, 2014 6:16 PM

    The Texans didn’t draft a QB because there wasn’t one worth drafting where they had the chance. Bortles was a reach and the other guys reminded me of the great Ponder, Gabbert, Locker, Mallett draft of 2011.

    Just because you draft them in the 1st round, doesn’t make them 1st round quality QB’s.

    Keenum played okay last year, but as is the case with most young QB’s, reading the blitz was his biggest problem. Add to that the lack of an offensive line and you have an 0-8 finish.

    While his QBR of 78.2 was very average. It was better than Ponder, EJ Manuel, Flacco, Schaub, McGloin, E.Manning, Weeden, Pryor, G.Smith and Cousins.

    I’d give him a shot.

  25. htowntexansred says: Aug 14, 2014 7:35 PM

    I recommend this year season as a waiver.

  26. htowntexansred says: Aug 14, 2014 9:04 PM

    Bill O’Brien is a pick-fair coach. He’s waiting on Saturday (2nd preseason game) to see how Fitzpatrick proform. If Fitzpatrick look sloppy like he did last week, O’Brien have to conjure a trade for a QB beginning of next week. Bye-Bye Fitzpatrick!

  27. dualprime says: Aug 15, 2014 4:09 PM

    bluenose1965 says:
    Aug 14, 2014 6:16 PM
    The Texans didn’t draft a QB because there wasn’t one worth drafting where they had the chance. Bortles was a reach and the other guys reminded me of the great Ponder, Gabbert, Locker, Mallett draft of 2011.

    Just because you draft them in the 1st round, doesn’t make them 1st round quality QB’s.

    Keenum played okay last year, but as is the case with most young QB’s, reading the blitz was his biggest problem. Add to that the lack of an offensive line and you have an 0-8 finish.

    While his QBR of 78.2 was very average. It was better than Ponder, EJ Manuel, Flacco, Schaub, McGloin, E.Manning, Weeden, Pryor, G.Smith and Cousins.

    I’d give him a shot.
    ========================
    Good post!

  28. ancientcougar says: Aug 15, 2014 11:33 PM

    Let’s make Case the next coach of the University of Houston.

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