Dec 5, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans Roundup: There needs to be a QB competition

Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t the long-term answer for the Houston Texans, we all know that. With that said, that is why after thinking about this for a little bit I’ve turned the corner and feel that Bill O’Brien needs to give Case Keenum a real shot at being the starting quarterback of the Texans during training camp.

It only makes the most sense, especially because competition could not only maybe bring out what best is left in Fitzpatrick, but maybe it will get Keenum to that “next level” as an NFL QB, leaving no doubt Keenum is “than man” in Houston.

Keenum started eight games last season with the Texans in place of Matt Schaub. Keenum passed for 1,760 yards and nine touchdowns. Fitzpatrick started 11 games for the Tennessee Titans, passing for 2,454 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (4) passes against the Houston Texans during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Texans 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

This could have been a fun QB competition to keep track of during training camp.

I don’t believe any competition is going to happen since O’Brien named Fitzpatrick the starter during mini camp.

Even if I don’t believe Keenum is the next “superstar” in the NFL, I believe he deserves the opportunity to prove he is the best QB on the Texans roster this season, and work towards being a top QB int he NFL during in-game situations, not on the bench.

Fitzpatrick got the nod as the starter because he is the “safe” veteran choice. I’m always a fan of competition, and would have like to seen how given the same amount of work who earned the starting job for the Texans this offseason.

Maybe being named the backup QB will eventually make Keenum a better QB. Maybe he’ll learn something from the veteran Fitzpatrick, but either way you look at it he deserved the chance to earn the starting QB job.


In other Texans news:

• Here is a video on the Texans official site of Andre Johnson being ranked the 21st best player in the NFL.

• writes Jadeveon Clowney played injured at South Carolina.

Justin Tuggle is transforming into a linebacker writes CSN Houston.

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  • Ikana Juana Leighere

    Is there any real chance that will happen? I think that would be fair if Savage is in competition with Keenum for 2nd string as BOB said, then why can’t he have one between Fitzpatrick and Keenum?

    • Stephen Forsha

      I don’t see it happening, but I can’t see what it would hurt. Keenum would really have to have a near perfect training camp for the Texans to change their mind is my guess, just based off their decision making thus far.

  • mrvicchio

    What? You don’t fitztragic?? Madness! I mean he’s started in Buffalo! And Tenn! He’s a 98 wonderlic!

  • Doug Pitre

    There is always competition! Even if Fitz starts the season he must be competent (win).
    It would not be a big surprise if a trade for an upgraded QB occurs. I that case KEENUM gets cut or traded. I do not think OB is very interested in him. I hope he can get with an organization the truly is interested in him and is willing to develop him.

  • Game Ball

    Keenum will look much better and surprise many in the NFL. forget last season with injuries and Kubiak, who was responsible for many of the problems Keenum was having.

  • bernmac

    There IS NO WAY Fitz is just that much better physically on the field…Not sure why the young guy can’t get a fair look….Fitz has had his 3 strikes….Might as well just kept Schaub….