There is an interesting dynamic going on with the quarterbacks here in Houston right now. Case Keenum remains a guy with a big fan base, even after a tough 2013 campaign in which he went 0-8 as a starter. Keenum is also the only quarterback remaining on the roster who wasn't brought to the Texans during the Bill O'Brien era. He came here as an undrafted rookie in 2012, after a record-setting career at the University of Houston.
After waiving T.J. Yates, the team's backup quarterback at the start of last season, the Texans are left with three quarterbacks, which is really the only way to maximize reps for everyone on the roster. Yates will hit the waiver wire this afternoon and his release came after O'Brien announced Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Texans' starter. Though there have been many presumptions about what that means for the backup position, O'Brien said today it is still unsettled between Keenum and fourth-round draft pick Tom Savage.
Keenum struggled last year. There's no way around that. He went winless as a starter, often knowing what he was supposed to do but unable to properly react under pressure. He got hit a lot. Sometimes that was the fault of a scheme that asked him to understand things he didn't yet or a missed assignment. Other times it was his own fault.
"I got in trouble when trying to move around in the pocket too much last year," Keenum said today. "I'd rather get the ball out quick, rather than run around and get hit trying to throw the ball. There's better ways to go about that."
As for Yates, both Keenum and O'Brien expressed their admiration for him. Keenum talked about Yates' willingness to help him in years' past.
Said O'Brien: "T.J. Yates, I have nothing but good things to say about him. He came in here, worked hard, was a good pro. I’m sure he will land somewhere."