Quarterback no more: Houston Texans backup QB Switching to TE

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Houston, we don’t have a quarterback anymore. Jeff Driskel is now a tight end.

In a slightly surprising move, the Houston Texans are giving Jeff Driskel a new role with the team. Driskel is now moving to tight end, a position that Houston has hardly gotten any production from. He’ll join Pharoah Brown, Jordan Akins, Brevin Jordan, and Antony Auclair in a crowded TE room.

Will Driskel see the field? It’s anyone’s guess at this point.  While it’s been reported that this is the first time that Driskel has ever played the position, he had a good set of combine measurements. Driskel is the second-AFC South quarterback to try out at the TE position after the Tim Tebow experiment did not go well.

The 6’4″, 235-pound 6th round pick out of Louisana Tech (originally by the San Francisco 49ers) has a decent frame to get him started at the position. The real question is that will he be able to put on the muscle needed to live on the edge of the offensive line? Blocking may be his Achilles heel when it comes to this transition.

Driskel’s switch signifies that it’s truly down to two QB’s for the Houston Texans

Earlier this week, the topic of which quarterback should start for the rest of the year was covered. Between Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills, it really comes down to what the leadership of the Texans organization truly wants to achieve. Are wins more important, or is the development of Mills?

With Deshaun Watson out for the season as he’s been all year, at least the Texans have an emergency quarterback on the roster who is being used at a different position. It wouldn’t have made sense if the Texans just kept Driskel at the QB3 spot when he wasn’t getting any playing time at all.

Let’s just hope this move doesn’t flop as big as Tebow did.

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