Texans see Collin Klein as a quarterback

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The good news for Collin Klein is that he has found an NFL team willing to give him a shot at playing quarterback. The bad news is that he’s a fifth-string quarterback.

Klein, the former Kansas State star who wasn’t taken in the draft, will play quarterback for the Texans, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. Most observers thought that if Klein had any hope of playing in the NFL, he’d have to change positions. He was asked to work out with the tight ends at the Scouting Combine, but he insisted that he wants to play quarterback.

Unfortunately for Klein, he’s got an uphill battle just to make the team. At this point, he’s fifth on the depth chart behind Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates, Case Keenum and Stephen McGee.

If Klein looks good in minicamps and Organized Team Activities, he has a shot at making the team as the No. 3 quarterback. But it’s much more likely that he’ll be gone four months from now.

32 responses to “Texans see Collin Klein as a quarterback

  1. Very odd. Why would he sign with a team with so many QB’s? Particularly when the team has made a large financial commitment to their starter. Unless this was his only choice it seems like he might just be wasting six weeks he could have used learning with a team with room to keep him if they liked him.

  2. Why is it that the “QBs” with the worst throwing motion are the most resistant to change? Some QBs who change positions have carved themselves out a nice careers making serious $ that they wouldn’t have made at QB. Hines Ward had along career, Owen Daniels has made a decent amount of money. Imagine if Lane Johnson was as stubborn in college as Tebow & Klein

  3. Good for the Texans and Good Luck to Klein. This guy is a real baller and had it not been for an injured shoulder would have had a better showing to the scouts. I’ve watched him play at the college level and he looked a whole lot better than some of the QBs we currently have playing in the NFL. The Texans are a young and talented up-and-coming team and will be a great place to learn and get experience at least through camp. It seems that somebody has a good eye for talent and given the way the Texans have played the last few years, this could be Klein’s golden opportunity. I know a lot of people will be cheering him on!

  4. I watch K State alot since my wife went there. And I just dont see how he can play QB in the NFL. I see him more as a tight end.

  5. Not working out with the Tight Ends was a mistake. If you want to be a player in the NFL, you play the position you have the best chance at making a squad with, and in this case, Quarterback is not the position for Colin.

    Denard Robinson switched positions, as did Brad Smith, Antwaan Randle El, Julian Edelman, Matt Jones, Josh Cribbs, etc.

    So you’re saying you’re better than them?
    I hope you’re better than them at getting a 9-5 desk job.

  6. That makes sense considering they think Matt Schaub can take them to the Super Bowl. Good luck with that. They also like to pay 34 year old safeties with one year left in their career $15 million too. Good luck with that too.

  7. It definitely seems that Collin Klein was a system guy who has a box of rocks for a brain…kind of just like that guy who got cut yesterday that everyone made such a huge deal about.

  8. He should go north to the CFL and prove he can play QB. Same as Keenum, Tebow, JaMarcus, Pat White and kellen Moore. Maybe if they can play North someone in the NFL will take then serious.

  9. melkipershero says:
    Apr 30, 2013 7:32 AM
    Theyre the only ones who see him as NFL qb material


    Obviously, as he wasn’t drafted….

    At best he makes the practice squad to TRY and replicate guys like Colin Kaepernick whom the Texans face this year.

  10. I don’t have any problems with this. He showed he can win games, although so did Tebow in college. I think he makes the roster, and we get rid of Stephen McGee. McGee was a true system quarterback because he put up those huge numbers at Texas Tech due to that option offense he had been running. Mike Sherman came in and gave him the chance to run a pro-style offense but it didn’t work out.

    Actually now when I think about it Klein ran in option offense and put up good numbers…

    Still though, I think Klein will end up being the #4. Case Keenum is actually perfect for our system and the Texans coaches like him a lot, so he won’t be gone.

  11. McGee played for A&M not Tech. He put up mediocre numbers at best in college. He was recruited by RC Slocum to be a drop back QB and then Dennis Franchione came in and turned him into an option QB. Sherman came in during McGee’s senior year but he sprained his shoulder in the first game of the year and Jerrod Johnson took over.

    The only reason I’m not surprised he’s in Houston is Kubiak’s affinity for A&M guys. He has very little opportunity to play, but he’s played fairly well in the time he has had on the field. 56% accuracy, 3TD – 0 INTs and 82 QBR.

  12. The only reason they brought Klein in is to throw passes during the offseason camps. The Texans have a ton of WR in camp, since after Andre and now Deandre, the receiving cupboard is bare. If he beats out McGee and Keenum then he’ll be 3rd string, most likely on the practice squad. I doubt Kubiak is naïve enough to believe Klein can mimic Kaepernick, but he would be better at running the ball than Schaub.

  13. Funny comments re: Schaub by Raven and Steeler fans. I believe Schaub led the Texans to victories over both of your teams last time he played them.

    43-13 I believe it was Raven fan. Lucky he isn’t any good. It could have been worse.

    No harm, no foul on Klein. If he shows anything, he’ll be on the practice squad. If he doesn’t, he didn’t cost anything.

    Remember the undrafted free agent flyer the Texans took on that injury prone running back from Tennessee with the questionable work ethic and attitude?

    That worked out okay.

  14. Exactly bluenose.

    And I wouldn’t believe McClain when he says that they’re looking at him at QB. McClain has no sources other than the team itself and they don’t give out any information on their intent.

    My guess is they’re still going to try him out at TE like the rest of the teams wanted to do at the combine.

  15. Heck, Tebow would instantly rank above McGee and Keenum. I’m sure Klein can make the 3rd spot easily.

  16. Im not sure about that Tebow comment. Plus, I hear that Kubiak really likes Keenum but didn’t want to carry 3 QBs last year on the active roster.

    I think McGee and Klein will battle for the practice squad spot.

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