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


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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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