Yates to serve as No. 2 in Texans third preseason game

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The biggest quarterback competition for a non-starting quarterback position is happening in Houston, where second-year third-stringer Case Keenum is trying to pass third-year second-stringer T.J. Yates.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that Yates will be the quarterback off the bench when the Texans host the Saints on Sunday.

“T.J. will go second in this game,” Kubiak said.  “What I hope to do is, when Matt [Schaub] does leave the game, whatever is left, I hope to split the time.  But T.J. will be the second guy to go.”

The decision apparently doesn’t mean that Yates, who led the Texans to the first playoff win in franchise history, has won the job.

“T.J. did it the first week and then Case will probably start the game next Thursday depending on how we come out of this,” Kubiak said.  “I just think it’s important that we look at equal reps and that’s what we’re doing.  They’ve almost got equal throws.  They’ve almost got equal plays.  That’s what we want to be able to do.”

In the end, it’s a good problem for the Texans to have, assuming that Kubiak plans to carry three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.